Saturday, December 19, 2009


Thank you for a wonderful year, Nib fans. The new album is selling well at your finer stores.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Meeting notes--banjos, nautical hermits

Remember, our Howard House Art Show has been extended until the end of the month! Toddle over and check it out post haste!

The opening was awesome, we shall post a variety of sketches from the event, and photos, if we can figure out if anyone took any.

Recent meetings have yielded a fair-size turnout, at least the ones I've seen. November 25th Jon Morris brought in cigar box banjos he had made, and coincidentally the theme was banjos.

S. VanBronkhorst. Pictured are Justin Ison (cannily performing "dueling banjos") and Jon Morris.

Tyler Hill

Luna Reeder

Jon Morris

Then, on December 2nd, we hastily decided to draw nautical hermits. 

Stevie VanBronkhorst

Luna Reeder
Tyler Hill

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

This is the day of the Expanding Show

The Howard House FOTN show (see previous entry) has been EXTENDED to the end of the month. Picture yourself in the gallery on a Thursday afternoon, the sounds of the street muted through the glass which lets in the diffuse rainy light; you sit at a table surrounded by amazing visual imagery .. a piece of paper chirps at your elbow, you find a pencil millimeters from your fingertips ..
Anyway, come on down. There will be cartooning clinics and personal appearances on the weekends, so write us in to your schedule.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

FOTN show at Howard House!

Grab the ol' clue train and chug on down to the Friends of the Nib's three-day display of works on paper at Howard House (604 2nd Ave Seattle, WA 98104) opening Thursday, December 3. Hundreds of drawings and paintings by members of Seattle's most notorious cartoonist cabal will be on display and available for cash-and-carry acquisition.

Artists participating include:
Tom Dougherty * Bob Rini * Max Clotfelter * Max Badger * Heidi Estey * Mark Campos * Marc Palm * Stevie Van Bronkhorst * Ellen Forney * Jim Woodring * Jon Morris * Adam Watson * Kelly Froh * Scott Faulkner * Jen Ralston * Noel Franklin * David Lasky * Aubrey Mysterious * Kinoko * Sean Robinson * Dalton Webb * Dennis Driscoll * Carl Nelson * Bruce Bickford * Billis Helg * Jason Miles

Have another look at those names! See you there!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nibster Heidi Estey's Art Show-- Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune by Heidi Estey--Gargoyles, 11/20-12/15

Heidi Estey, longtime Friend of the Nib, presents a fascinating elaboration on fortunes from fortune cookies. Her mercurial and lively drawings and paintings shall be displayed at Gargoyles (for all your gargoyle needs) in the U District of Seattle from November 20th through December 15th.
You should definitely come to the opening (Estey's a consummate host), on Friday, November 20th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Gargoyle's.
The address is 4550 University Way N.E., and the phone number for Gargoyle's is (206) 632-4940. 

Sample the art work here.
Image by Heidi Estey.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

FOTN Playing Cards Art Show

A veritable pack of jokers!

Earlier this year, proud Nibster Jon Morris undertook a stupendous achievement: successfully extracting enough timely and appropriate artwork from a group so higgledy-piggledy as our own to complete an entire pack of playing cards!

The project is at last complete, and the collection has proven to be breathtaking! To celebrate, we shall have a grandiose art opening at Cafe Racer, on Wednesday, November 18th, in the evening, proudly displaying much original artwork, to the delight of everyone. The opening soiree is during our regularly scheduled meeting time, so there is a chance to see Live Drawing in Action by any number of artists.
The show will be open through December 15th, so be sure to come by and get an eyeful our very own deck of cards, in glorious color and with detail unlikely to be visible in the printed deck.

Remember: Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 through Tuesday, December 15, 2009

To our sadness, the actual card deck will not be printed by the time of our show, but I'm sure we shall be taking some kind of pre-order.

Jokers painted by Friend Dalton Webb

~S. VanBronkhorst

Friends of the Nib alive and well

Hi there, world! As we Nibsters find ourselves more and more busy with events and so forth, it is apparent that we need a blog or something. We have this one, here, so we'll try to keep it up a bit better for you, with news and drawings from our weekly meetings.

Although the frequency of posts suggests otherwise, the Friends of the Nib have been meeting and drawing and talking and having art shows throughout the last two years, week in, week out. Every Wednesday evening Seattle's Cafe Racer fills up with all manner of beatniks, nerds, and artists for a convivial salon. 

To document our activities we often suggest a theme for a round of sketches. This week, our meeting very conveniently coincided with Veteran's Day! Many regulars were in attendance, as well a few welcome newcomers.
Horizontal pictures are oddly cropped by the layout of this blog, please click through to see full picture.
Charles "Luna" Reeder

Jon Wilcox (

Stevie VanBronkhorst (Yours, truly)

Also, someone brought in small blank puzzles, to the delight of six:

Jon Wilcox

Edit: Sean Robinson drew this'n, I've found.

Mark Stockbridge (His name is not Justin. I am sorry.)

Max Clotfelter, of course!

Adam B. Watson


That's all for now! Next post: upcoming events!

~S. VanBronkhorst