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Kean Soo & Tory Woollcott

Friday, October 2nd 2015 by Pat

Kean Soo & Tory Woollcott are visiting Juneau this week and we will have their work on display for First Friday at the gallery, please swing by and help us welcome our guests!


Kean and Tory are comic artists who are visiting from Toronto. Kean is well known for his work in the Flight anthologies, Jellaby and March: Grand Prix. Tory has a background in archaeology (like Indiana Jones!) and is the author of Mirror Mind, a graphic novel recounting her experience with dyslexia.

First Friday Reception
Friday, October 2nd – 4:30-7pm at the Alaska Robotics Gallery

Workshop Hangout Drawing Time
Saturday, October 3rd – 2pm-4pm at the Douglas Public Library
Come hang out and draw comics and learn about our guest artists and their influence in this lecture / hangout time.

Storytelling Workshop
Sunday, October 4th – 1-4pm at the Canvas
Learn exercises to prepare a cohesive story from start to finish. This workshop will focus on exercises that can be used by people of all ages to develop stories for games, comics or novels and be used again and again. Registration information.

Emerald City Comic Con

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 by Pat

Aaron and I will be in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon this week, it’s always a great show and we’re definitely looking forward to it.

You can find us in booth #106 next to our friends Marian Call, Molly Lewis and Lone Shark Games.

This year is especially exciting for me because I get to moderate a panel with some awesome guests…

The Role of the Artist on the Electronic Frontier
Room: Hall F (TCC 304)
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 12:30PM – 1:20PM

Rule munchkins, hackers and story miners unite! Explore themes like government surveillance, intellectual property rights, net neutrality and the role of the artist in the digital world. Join Nadia Kayyali of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and attorney Katie Lane, Pat Race of Alaska Robotics and Gene Ambaum from Unshelved for this great discussion!

Kazu Kibuishi & Jason Caffoe to visit Juneau!

Monday, February 23rd 2015 by Pat

We’re very excited to announce that comic artists Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe will be visiting Juneau this week! They’re the team behind the New York Times bestselling series, Amulet.

Check out our Alaska Robotics Gallery Newsletter for information about workshops, hangouts, signings, presentations and more:

Update: The Making Comics and Graphic Novels workshop is from 12:30pm-4:20pm at Centennial Hall Ballroom 2 on Thursday.

Kazu Amulet

Packing my Bitcoins for San Diego Comic Con

Saturday, July 19th 2014 by Pat

bitcoin accepted hereI’m off to San Diego Comic Con in a few days and I’m packing my BTC!

We’ll be accepting the digital currency at our booth (#1134) but I’m also packing a couple hundred milliBits on my phone to spend on weird and wonderful things.

I’ve been buying Bitcoin (and Litecoin) for a while but I haven’t spent any in the wild yet so this is all very new and exciting to me.

I’m using the Mycelium wallet after getting a few recommendations from the folks in the /r/Bitcoin/ community. Several people also mentioned the Hive wallet but I haven’t tried that one yet.

We’ll see how the experiment goes, I hope I don’t drop my phone in a toilet the first day! I do seem to remember some phone trouble at last year’s convention. Something involving shards of glass and the smell of juniper.

However it unfolds, I’m looking forward to some adventures in cryptocurrency. Who knows what I’ll find, maybe some great comics and a burrito cart. That’s pretty much the dream.

Mmmm… Burritos.

San Diego Comic Con 5k

Monday, July 14th 2014 by Pat

FlashThe past several years I’ve been organizing an unofficial San Diego Comic Con 5k.

If you’d like to join in, let’s plan to tentatively meet on Saturday at 10am 8am on the water side of the convention center. I’ll be at the foot of the big staircase wearing a Flash shirt.

Probably a good idea to check in on Friday in case we have to relocate or the time changes. You can find me at booth #1134 or on Twitter @alaskarobotics

I think our peak attendance in the past has been around four. It’s not something I’ve ever been able to put much effort into organizing so if there’s someone else out there who wants to take it and run with it, please jump in.

I would just love someday to see a few hundred Juggernauts thumping down the San Diego waterfront along with a horde of Flashes and Quicksilvers.


Map of Downtown Juneau

Monday, June 30th 2014 by Pat

I love illustrated maps so I made one of downtown Juneau.

map title

The map will be available as a limited print at the gallery and I’ll also be handing out a bunch of the fold-up walking guides for free to local businesses and tourists.

The back includes information on nightlife, basic survival, food and all my favorite things about downtown Juneau.

2014 juneau map

If you’re wondering about the economics, it started out as a map of just a few places I like and grew from there. I didn’t charge anyone and we’re paying for the printing ourselves. I hope to make my money back by selling prints. I also hope putting this out there is good publicity for the gallery and brings a few people in the door who might not find us.

Beyond attracting people to the gallery, I want visitors to be able to appreciate Juneau as much as I do. I want them to find places they’ll love like The Rookery Café or secret spots they might miss like Aunt Claudia’s Doll Museum.

This work had two primary inspirations, the 1984 Fiesta Promotions map of the Juneau area (below) and the Americae Sive Quartae Orbis Partis Nova Et Exactissima Descriptio.

fiesta juneau map

Gray Skies

Saturday, January 11th 2014 by Pat


I usually prefer grey to gray, it just seems classier.

Wrecking Ball

Tuesday, January 7th 2014 by Pat

Announcing a limited edition print of Miley Cyrus riding a Bitcoin while drones fly overhead.

My homage to the year 2013.


I’m offering this 8″x10″ as a limited edition signed and numbered giclée print. The total number of prints will be determined by the number of sales and I’m only accepting Bitcoin.

The minimum amount is .04 BTC. If you decide to pay more, you’ll be prioritized with a lower print number and receive a matted print.

The .04 BTC payment includes worldwide shipping and I’m accepting orders through the end of January 2014.

Pay With Bitcoin

If any of that was confusing, let me know, I’d be happy to clarify.


Thursday, January 2nd 2014 by Pat


I played a bunch of Zelda over the holidays, “A Link Between Worlds” was a great addition to the series!

I love all the Zelda games, especially the part where Link must gain strength by devouring the hearts of his foes.

Mmm.. this snake has a delicious heart. Mmmm.. Zombie heart! Ghost heart! Omnom.. Ice statue heart! OoooOOOh.. crunchy skull with a heart in it! Ahhh.. most delicious fairy heart, like a tiny piece of candy. So many hearts!

Gull, Francolin & Murre

Tuesday, December 24th 2013 by Pat

Merry Christmas. I got you birds.