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Greater than the sum of our arts.

Clever Kaiju is a creator-led movement to integrate self-publishing, freelancing, and studio projects into one super organism. Our purpose is to enable artists to do their best work and help audiences, clients, and artists connect in more fulfilling ways.

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It all starts in community. We run a vibrant community on Discord for artists and we also have discipline-specific artist groups on Discord, such as for comic book artists, that help them connect and find support on a deeper level.

• Artist brunches, parties, and social gatherings

• Life drawing sessions, hosted trips, workshops

• Online meetings and drawing sessions

• Discipline-specific small groups

Webcomics & Blogs

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Platform & Publishing

The artists in our community don't complete projects in a vacuum to be released into the void: we build a platform together that can help each of us connect with an audience, and provide a structure that makes connecting more meaningful and enjoyable for audiences and creators, alike.

• The Pen Clique, a live streamed art-show

• YouTube channel with artist interviews and more 

• Webcomics and blogs by our members

• Online store

• And coming soon... monthly subscriptions to all of our community exclusive content

Clever Kaiju Store

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Clever Kaiju Studios

Clever Kaiju Studios LLC produces illustration, design, comic book, and animation projects for clients, as well as for our own in-house studio projects. All of the work is done by our community members, and, in the case of our in-house projects, we all share in the ownership and the rewards. 

• For-hire studio for animation and concept packages

• Our own platform and YouTube for sharing our own studio projects 

• Online store with Clever Kaiju books and merch

• And coming soon... monthly subscription to studio exclusive content


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A monthly live art show, four years' running and full of talented artists that take on the prompt of the month. You can submit your art for an episode and we will pick some to show at the end of the live episode, and may even invite you to join the clique officially.

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Many of our artists are part- and full-time freelancers, and that work can have unique challenges, for example, attracting the right clients for you, branding and specializing, negotiating contracts, and managing career transitions.

• Networking and job posting

• Advice, feedback, and mentorship opportunities

• Tools, resources, and knowledge sharing

• Work in our in-house studio

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Upcoming Events

  • At the Zoo- Sketch Group
    At the Zoo- Sketch Group
    Sat, Jul 13
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    Jul 13, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
    Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W Norton Rd, Springfield, MO 65803
    Jul 13, 2024, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
    Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W Norton Rd, Springfield, MO 65803
    If enough people RSVP, then we can get a discounted group rate for the event, so please do RSVP. We are going to be sketching animals at the Zoo and we will have several demonstrations and instructionals during our time there.
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