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Mini-Con Website is UP!

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 by Pat

It lives! The Alaska Robotics Mini-Con website lives!

We’ve posted our guest list and more information about applying to exhibit or participate in our artist camp. Go check it out!

Alaska Robotics Mini-Con

Announcing Alaska Robotics Mini-Con

Tuesday, January 5th 2016 by Pat

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I’m very happy to announce Alaska Robotics Mini-Con, a festival and artist camp taking place right here in Juneau from April 22-26th.

Aaron, Lou and I have been hosting guest artists for several years through our work at the Alaska Robotics Gallery and JUMP Society as well as through partnerships with other non-profit organizations like the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries. We’ve also spent many years attending and exhibiting at comic conventions and arts festivals. Encouraged by those wonderful experiences, we decided it was time for us to host our own tiny comic convention and artist getaway.

I hesitate to even use the phrase “comic convention” when describing the event but those who have attended such things know that the term has grown to include a much more broad collection of pop and contemporary arts, games, music and more. We’re planning to embrace the spirit of those outside conventions but provide a far more down-to-earth, Southeast Alaska experience.

This is far from the official schedule of events but should shed some light on what we have in mind…


**Draft** Schedule

Friday, April 22nd

Guests arrive. We’ll visit some schools and settle in during the day. In the early evening we’ll host a reception and kick-off event for the community and our guests.

Saturday, April 23rd

This is the mini-convention day, an event for the community where people can meet artists, get sketches and have books signed. I’m imagining all the trappings of a bigger convention, just on a much smaller scale. We’ll have spin-off events, drawing hangouts and presentations with guest artists as well.

In the evening, after the convention winds down, we retreat to our secret camp in the woods.

Sunday & Monday, April 24th & 25th

Two days of camp for artists. We’ve booked a multi-cabin campground, a little rustic but totally cozy, for workshops and lectures with lots of breaks for board games, books, meals and hanging out with some of our favorite people.

Guest artists have already proposed some really intriguing and unique workshops and conversations geared toward an audience of peers and working artists.

This camp has limited space. We have about 15 guests at this point and will select a small group of 20-35 attendees to join us for this unique camp experience. The first round of applications will open January 18th. 19th!

Tuesday, April 26th

Last day at camp. We’ll probably have a Together Breakfast, say goodbyes and fly people home. Maybe an optional hiking adventure for people who leave later in the day.


If that sounds like something you’re interested in, keep in touch. We’ll be announcing guests and opening registration for artist camp participants and convention exhibitors on January 18th when we launch a more official website for the event.

I’m excited to announce guests. I’ve let a few names slip already. They’re awesome. Humble superstars. Kind, generous, talented and thoughtful people who love comics, visual storytelling, music and art.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Avian Christmas Pun

Thursday, December 10th 2015 by Pat

If you’re familiar with my work, you might have seen this already.

If not, I challenge you to guess the title of my ultimate avian Christmas pun!

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If you’d like a print, or the answer, visit our store.

Web Comics Holiday Roundup

Friday, November 27th 2015 by Pat

Did I mention that we’re having a holiday sale? 15% off everything in our online store with the discount code “FRENZY”

And if you like webcomics, here are a few other folks having holiday sales.

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There’s also a great big sale at Gallery Nucleus, 20% off with the discount code “GOBBLE20”

Huzzah! Commerce & turkey leftovers.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 20th 2015 by Pat

I think there will be a lot of uncomfortable and important conversations to be had over big family dinners this season. They’re always a harrowing intersection of love, frustration, truth and uninformed opinions.

I’ll definitely skim Snopes before I go. Looking forward to some cranberry sauce.

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Halloween Haunted House Art Show

Monday, October 19th 2015 by Pat

haunted houses

We’re partnering with the good people at NorthWind Architects to put on a Halloween Haunted House art show.

Submit your unframed haunted house cross sections or blue prints to the gallery by October 28th.

If you’re unfamiliar with cross sections or cut aways, here’s a great pyramid by our friend Scott C.

This is an all ages show so please keep the blood and guts to a tasteful excess.

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!

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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

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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.