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Ramone Outlaw was one of two artists to receive an Emerging Arist Fellowship through Erie Arts & Culture in 2017.

Ramone's interest in and aptitude for writing and illustration started in his youth with a love of books. Using the self-publishing service Createspace, he introduced his main character, Germaine Cabbagehead, to readers in 2010. Over a seven year period, he penned four additional Germaine Cabbagehead books: Germaine Cabbagehead Goes Fishing, Germaine Cabbagehead Flamin' Hots, Germaine Cabbagehead Winter's Nightmare, and Germaine Cabbagehead Baby Years.

Ramone uses a multi-step process to create the illustrations for his books. He first draws all of his illustrations by hand. Then, he scans the drawings and uses the scanned images to re-draw them on the computer and produce the final illustrations.

He aims to make his readers laugh by placing his characters in humorous situations common to all of us. All of the Germaine Cabbagehead stories are relatable to both kids and adults, and they teach about self-worth, patience, honesty, courage, and learning from mistakes.

Ramone enjoys sharing his books with children and their families through community readings. He's shared his stories with students at Luther Memorial Academy, Wayne, McKinley, Pfeiffer-Burleigh, Harding, Clark, the Downtown YMCA, JFK Center, Odessa's Place, and Bethany Outreach Center.

On June 18th, it was announced that Ramone was selected to design the 26th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival poster. He'll be on-hand during the festival, which is scheduled for August 3-5, 2018 in Frontier Park, to autograph posters and books.  

What else is Ramone working on? Currently, he's working on a t-shirt for ComicCon in September and creating a website through which he will sell books and Germaine Cabbagehead merchandise.  

 

   Outlaw’s newest book Mac Mallard is available for purchase on Amazon.

   The main character, Mac Mallard, wants a beard like everyone else, but he quickly learns that having a beard isn't all what it seems.

 

 

 

 

 

  And, did we mention that Mayor Joe Schember is a fan of the Germaine Cabbagehead books, too.  

 

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