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Earworm’s United State of Pop

Saturday, January 4th 2014 by Pat

I love DJ Earworm’s annual United State of Pop, this year has a weary strength and hopeful beauty. Yeah, I know it’s pop music… but this is more.

This kind of mash-up provides a unique way to absorb and experience the zeitgeist.

Remix culture is important and meaningful work in that field strengthens the case for expanding fair-use and rolling back the crummy laws and sweetheart deals that are destroying the public domain.

I Wish I Were a Whale

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 by Pat

I interrupt my relentless Kickstarter promotion to share a beautiful song by our friend George Kuhar.

Long live Shadow Island Records!

Get Excited for Puppets!

Friday, April 26th 2013 by Pat

Scott C. and Kate Beaton were so awesome!! If you missed them, you missed biiiiiig. But no worries, we have more events planned this spring!

On May 10th & 11th, we’re partnering with the Friends of the Library to bring another group of amazingly talented guest artists to do workshops in Juneau.

Georgina Hayns, the head of puppets at Laika will be visiting along with Jeremy Spake, head of armatures.

We’ll also be hosting Laika story artist, Vera Brosgol. Brosgol is one of my very favorite comic illustrators and has won both an Eisner and Harvey for her latest book, Anya’s Ghost.

Here’s a little pump-up video I found about Laika. Get pumped-up.

Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures

Friday, March 8th 2013 by Pat

Hi everybooty, I’m still on the road. Went to Seattle for Emerald City Comicon and then down to Portland for hanging out and getting a head cold. I’m fairly certain I’ve been an effective vessel for this ruinous disease and will be rewarded well by our tiny masters when they command the Pacific Northwest.

Maybe you’ve got this spring crud and need a good book to help weather it? Maybe you’re perfectly healthy and just need a good book? Go check out the book review (in comic form!) I did for the Unshelved dudes.

The book I reviewed was Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures by German author, Walter Moers. The review basically boils down to… READ HIS BOOKS, THEY ARE WONDERFUL!!!

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens

Monday, February 4th 2013 by Pat

When I visited England last fall, we were traveling at an incredible pace and I had only a few tiny moments to myself.

During one brief hiccup in time, I managed to slip away to Kensington Gardens where the Peter Pan statue lives among the trees and ducks. I’ve always loved Peter Pan, more so after meeting and studying with Stewart Stern.

I just had enough time to do some cursory sketches, snap a few photos and breathe the air. When I returned to Juneau, I completed this illustration.

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If you like it, I have a few limited prints available in our gallery and online store. Here are some of my sketches…

peter sketches

Marian Call’s European Adventure Quest

Monday, July 23rd 2012 by Pat

Marian’s Kickstarter has been wildly successful and I want to thank everyone who has helped to fund her project. She’s going to be touring a good chunk of Europe, recording a live album, creating some new songs, and doing some incredible covers of old favorites (Muppets, TMBG, Beatles!)

She’s also getting herself a much needed laptop and a few other bits of essential recording equipment to keep her music business alive and I’m happy to see so many people supporting her in her work. This is patronage.

It’s not pure charity though, far from it. If you’ve pledged, you’re getting much more in return than coffee mugs and T-shirts. The rewards at various levels are incredibly generous. The live album and “Got to Fly” for $15. Digital downloads of all her music for $35 including a bunch of stretch goal cover songs. A full length original song for a mere $2000!!?! Plus that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you supported the arts very directly and immediately.

Ok. That’s my pitch on behalf of someone I care about a great deal. There’s just over a day left and I hope you’ll all consider making a pledge or raising the level of your existing pledge as the last few hours tick away. Thank you.

Happy Batman Day!

Thursday, July 19th 2012 by Pat

A new Batman movie comes out tonight. I like Batman.

Kes Woodward

Thursday, June 7th 2012 by Pat

I was recently commissioned by the Rasmuson Foundation to create a mini-doc on Kes Woodward, a visual artist from Fairbanks and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Artist Award.

Kes was an incredibly gracious host. Lou and I arrived at a time when he was between studios, between homes, and between lives but he found room for us and carved out two days from a very busy schedule.

We talked about life and art and wandered around in the birch forests of Fairbanks as the summer greens were beginning to overpower the chalky dusty colors of early spring, it was a wonderful experience.

We shot way too much footage for this tiny documentary and there was so much more I wish I could have included.

Kes reads every Wednesday morning to a class of Kindergarten students, he’s active in his community and church, he’s an explorer looking within and without to discover truths about the world and he shares his discoveries with anyone who is willing to listen.

Kes has a rare and subtle enthusiasm that fills you with curiosity and a calming sense that the world might be an ok place.

This film also features the poetry of state writer laureate Peggy Shumaker and the instrumental compositions of Marian Call. It was quite an impressive group of Alaskan artists on board for this project.

The Gallery is Open!

Monday, May 7th 2012 by Pat

Phew! We made it. The doors are open!

Thanks to everyone who came to the gallery opening on Friday night, what a kick! It was great to see so many friendly faces and to have such an excellent excuse to eat fancy cheese and bacon wrapped almonds. We had to duck out a little early because of the robots but that’s life. You make plans, robots destroy them.

Putting the new space together was a long process of slow improvement, a bit like trying to lasso a high speed train, we finally got it done and now I guess we’ll see where it takes us. No doubt, it will be an adventure, and that’s what it’s all about. Adventure.

Now I need to thank about one million people. I should start with Aaron and Lou.. but I won’t.

The delicious cookies & snacks were provided by B’s Bakery and Bistro, The Rookery, Laurel & Big Mike, Alicia Jones, Loretta Mosley, and, most importantly, our dear Mothers.

Thanks to Bob & Chris at Alaska Electric for getting our lights installed on schedule and thanks to Tony Talbot who did so much work on the walls and carpentry. Thanks also to our benevolent landlords at Gross-Alaska Incorporated for opening their doors to us.

Thanks to Bridget Kuhar, Stephanie De Roo, Will Race, Jon Warrenchuck, Jamie Karnik, Katie White, Andy Kline and to Poppa Suring for all the painting and hefting.

Thanks to Sarah Asper-Smith for color and grace.

Finally, thanks to Aaron Suring and Lou Logan. You guys are the best dudes ever. Thanks for doing this crazy thing with me.

.. Whew… I think that concludes our lengthy and possibly incomplete thanks.. oh god… I almost forgot.. THE BIGGEST THANKS EVER TO CHRISTINE for reclaiming the bathroom from the monstrous toilet Cthulhu. Songs will be sung about your deeds.

LEGO Robotics Challenge!

Monday, May 7th 2012 by Pat

The big gallery opening wasn’t the only event we had going last Friday. We also participated in the Lego Robotics Corporate Challenge, a fundraiser for the youth robotics teams in town.

This year we were cramped for time so at the last minute we gave up on all of our careful plans and built a chaotic smash-bot to destroy, rather than solve, the puzzles on the board. It was glorious. The theme was food safety and our little Monsantron got good and dirty out there crushing cattle and smashing rats with the Chop-tor 0′ Doom.

A big shout out to our team members in the Lego Robotics Division – Ty & Brevin Keltner, Ben Sapp, Jamie & Jen Karnik, and Tara Greenwood.

Thanks also to Susan Keltner for putting up with the strange noises coming from her basement at 3am.

Tara gave the newspaper what must have been a solid, full-page quote, the best unending line of pure unadulterated bullshit I’ve ever heard.

“It’s a non-deterministic universe and we are sort of moving out of the classical ideas of, you know, you have these inputs and you have a known output and in these chaotic times we wanted to tap into the interconnectedness of all things and to see what happens if we go back to the elementary and primeval … our algorithms are in some ways primitive or even shamanistic … it’s not just about destruction.”

- Tara Greenwood

You can read the rest of the article at the Juneau Empire.