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WBMC – Introductions Part II

Thursday, May 12th 2011 by Pat

WBMC – Amsterdam Layover

Thursday, May 12th 2011 by Pat

We had a twelve hour layover in Amsterdam today so we went to visit with Maaike van der Linden, a filmmaker friend who came to Juneau on an exchange a few years back. It was great to see her and we had a nice afternoon wandering around the canals eating haring and bitterballen.

WBMC – Introductions Part I

Thursday, May 12th 2011 by Pat

WBMC – Best Seat in the House

Thursday, May 12th 2011 by Pat

We sat all the way in the back of the bus on the nine hour flight from Seattle to Amsterdam. Most disconcerting was our proximity to the bathrooms.

It turned out ok, the flight attendants allowed us to loiter in the serving area grazing on snacks and looking out the tiny portals at Greenland.

WBMC – In Transit

Wednesday, May 11th 2011 by Pat

WBMC – It Begins!

Wednesday, May 11th 2011 by Pat

We’re off to the 2011 World Beard & Moustache Championships in Trondheim.

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Beard Team Alaska Robotics

Sunday, April 24th 2011 by Pat

It’s official. We’re trundling off to Trondheim, Norway this May for the 2011 World Beard & Moustache Championships!

Aaron, Lou and I will be joined by the ham-loving Jamie Karnik and super best college buddy Eric Davis. Also along for the trip will be the slightly less beardy Alli and Jess. Our powers combined, we form Beard Team Alaska Robotics!

It’s going to be an epic adventure so stay tuned for coverage, we’ll be taking plenty of pictures, doing more experimental beard radio and filming mini-documentaries.

Here are a couple of our videos and a roundup of posts from the 2009 Anchorage trip to tide you over..

WBMC Posts – Anchorage Alaska, 2009

Emerald City Wrap-up

Thursday, March 31st 2011 by Pat

Aaron and I were down in Seattle earlier this month peddling our wares at the Emerald City Comic Con. We had a good booth, a bit of a satellite in terms of the webcomics community, but sandwiched comfortably between the Rat City Rollers and Suicide Girls and kitty-corner from the Boondock Saints who were reciting verse while raining down Nerf death on a giant Chewbacca. I really need to bring a camera to these things.

Our friend, Warren Etheredge invited us out to a film shin-dig where we got to watch the beautiful tension unfold as he conducted a serious interview with the director of the independent production branch of the Screen Actors Guild, the North by Northwest casting director and Matthew Lillard.

It’s lovely to see serious thespians collide with Scooby-Doo. It’s just such a thin line between mediocrity and greatness and no one is ever sure which side they’re on. Warren could have stirred things up a little more but, to his credit, he veered away from sensational towards educational.

A half-Canadian, half-elf barbarian turned up at our booth and gave us a copy of her fantasy web series, Standard Action. The production quality is pretty good and Edda reminds me of all the high spirited bone crushers I know in Whitehorse. It’s neat to see people really putting some time into this independent web series and I wonder if there’s some viable business model there. It seems like it would be in the interest of major studios to nurture this kind of low budget production as a sort-of new media farm league.

In the comics realm, we made some new friends, saw some old ones and picked up a ton of great books.

In the new people realm. I love Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, they were a great pair and make fun, kid-friendly books like Astronaut Academy and Smile. Chris Hallbeck and his wife (who says I need to have (and keep) an update schedule) are also new favorites.

In a surreal and awesome turn of events, Brandon Seifert, a fellow Mr. McFeely groupie from UAF, has been drafted into Robert Kirkman’s new Skybound label at Image. Brandon’s comic, Witchdoctor, is the first comic on the label and earned him a write-up in the New York Times, it starts shipping in late June.

Scott Campbell, I keep thinking that maybe his personality is some sort of performance art but I’m pretty sure he’s genuinely touched with pure awesomeness, like how Obelix fell into the potion when he was a baby.

The the best artwork I saw on the trip wasn’t at the convention, it was on the wall at the home of Bill Barnes, his kids are amaaaaazing! The anatomy of the dog (mostly bowels, not so-much brains) and the epic castle battle were among my favorites but the picture of Bill’s wife walking the dog while wearing body armor was pretty good too.

I’m sure there were other things that happened. Aaron signed a lot of autographs. The highlight of our trip by far was visiting a trampoline filled warehouse with our hosts Marcus and Elsbeth. I did a back flip. Again, I need to bring a camera on these trips.


Friday, March 18th 2011 by Pat

Bob gave us an Omnibot2000. He’s the best. Bob is. Also Omnibot2000 is the best.

The Best Beards and Moustaches in the World

Monday, November 15th 2010 by Pat

We picked up a ton of footage when we attended the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage last year and always intended to cut together a few mini-docs with what we captured. This new one is a collection of some of the better portraits and closeups.

There were a few rounds of competition that we lost to a defective memory card as explained in the Alaskan Whaler mini-doc. Too bad. I wish we’d come home with more mutton chop.

There were several other film crews at the event and I’ve just seen a little of their footage so far. The trailer for “Beardo,” stands out as looking well crafted and I can’t wait to see if Aaron turns up in their feature.

Also, on a sadder, but equally bearded note, news came to us via Jamie Karnik that a man was forced to eat his own beard. Oh the humanity!