Monsters of Art and Education

We are a community and production team of visual artists that collaborate, educate, and inspire. The co-founding artists are Gary Bedell (Crypt TV, Graveyard Slaughter, Attack Wagon Games), Nate Howard (Mammoth Press LLC, Potbelly Mammoth, The Mammoth Multicade), Isaac Crawford (comic book artist/writer), and James Rutherford (college-level instructor and video game industry veteran).  We host The Pen Clique (a monthly virtual art show) and the Clever Kaiju Discord community.


Where To Find Us

The Pen Clique

The Pen Clique is an online art show with monthly episodes on Facebook Live and YouTube

YouTube Content

Educational and entertaining presentations about art and being an artist, on YouTube.

In-Person Events

Drink and Draw, museum and zoo life-drawing, comic conventions. Public events are on our schedule; member events on our Discord.

Online Artist Community

Clever Kaiju's Discord channel is the online place for our members to connect, share their work, and get feedback.

Our Founding Members

Gary Bedell

Illustration, design, branding

His versatility has become his calling card as he moves fluidly between the worlds of design and his true passion, illustration. With well over a decade’s worth of professional experience, Gary has collaborated with commercial leviathans such as General Mills, Nickelodeon, Disney, Fantasy Flight Games and ActiVision. He has also teamed up with numerous independent artists and has been featured in the prestigious I Am 8bit Gallery in Los Angeles. His digital illustrations have been showcased in major publications, including Cereal Geek Magazine, Advanced Photoshop Magazine and Realtor Magazine. Learn more on his website.

James Rutherford

Animation, illustration

Illustrator and animator with over 10 years of experience with work ranging from video games to college level instruction. You can find him on Instagram.

Nate Howard (Mammoth press, LLC)

Graphic design, illustration

An independent graphic artist, illustrator and freelance artist since 2006, with a variety of clients and projects that range from logo and identity packages, menu design and layouts, wedding invitations, album art and layouts, and event posters. As an illustrator, his skills have been commissioned for projects ranging from character design and concept art, to fan art, pinups, caricatures and cartooning. He is also the creator, artist, writer, and website designer/manager of an independent web-based comic strip called Potbelly Mammoth and the founder of Mammoth Press, LLC.

Isaac "Ike" Crawford (Ike Comics)

Comic book writer/illustrator

He began seriously creating comics in 2015 and has almost exclusively worked on his own stories which he writes, illustrates, colors, letters, and self-publishes under Ike Comics. He earned a Bachelor’s in Electronic Arts and a Master's in the field of counseling; what he learned around film, animation, and psychology has become very useful in his art and storytelling. 

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