Monsters of Art and Education

We are a community of visual artists that provide art events and production services, as well as education in illustration, comic book creation, animation, design, self-publishing/marketing, art business, and mental health for artists. We provide our members opportunities to connect, collaborate, and work on projects through our online and in-person communities. We are growing, with hubs in Springfield, MO, and Tulsa, OK, and our Discord engages artists from multiple countries.


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 (Ikecomics)

Comic book artist/writer

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 began with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Arts and what he learned around film and animation has become very useful in his art and storytelling. He went on to pursue a Master’s degree and a career as a counselor. He loves doing therapy and believes it enriches his creativity. 

where you can find us

the pen clique

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


Educational and entertaining presentations about art and the artist life on YouTube.

in person events

Drink and Draw events, museum and zoo life-drawing trips, comic conventions. 

online community

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

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