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The Conch and the Crayon

by M.E. Russell, May 14, 2004

The 21st annual “Crayon Contest” took place on April 29, 2004
Brasserie Montmartre, Portland, Oregon

Crayon Drawing Contest comic
Footnotes and Digressions
  1. Yojimbo, immortalized by Akira Kurosawa, is the errant samurai who, as Conch put it to me later, “provides his services to one faction, then the other, in a town torn by rivalry.”

  2. A sad observation afterward, also by Conch: “The artists at the contest this year were being a lot less profligate in their food and drink purchases than in the glory days of Vinton, Flying Rhino, and Wieden & Kennedy. In fact, I got the impression that some of the artists — who I know have gotten behind on their bills lately — could really have used the prize money.”

  3. Sure enough, beautifully rendered, largely abstract crayon drawings swept this year’s contest, with the winner laying down multiple layers of yellow, orange and black crayon and scraping away at it with a dinner knife to make a groovy typographic study.

© 2004, M.E. Russell
M.E. Russell’s feature, CulturePulp from which this appeared,
is carried periodically by The Oregonian.
This article appeared in the Oregonian’s A&E section on May 14.

M.E. Russell:
Shading by Chad Essley

[Editor’s note: Chad Essley is an ASIFA member, as are Steve Hess, Amy Collen, and Andy Collen who are depicted in the illustration.]