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Alaskan Whaler

Wednesday, November 3rd 2010 by Pat

In 2009, we attended the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. It was too close to home to miss. We had a great time and Aaron came back with a second place commemorative gold pan for the Alaskan Whaler category. This is the tale of our adventure…

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The World Beard and Moustache Championships take place every two years and the next event is being held in Trondheim, Norway in May of 2011.

We plan to be there.

All the Leias in the House, Get Your Hans Up!

Sunday, August 29th 2010 by Pat

KXLL, our local radio station, had a great Star Wars party last night. Here are a few photos used with permission from Brian Wallace. Thanks Brian!

Live music by Sexy Skywalker and the Droids You’re Looking For.

Rogue Squadron in tha house!

Darth Kxlline, only you could be so bold.

Yub Nub!

Rusty Buffalo – Brand New Hoodie!

Tuesday, August 17th 2010 by Pat

Aaron and I went to Anchorage over the weekend to play in a soccer tournament with the Rusty Buffalo of Fairbanks. The Buffalo are a unique team, a patchwork quilt of madmen, geniuses, alcoholics and engineers who wade through games relying more heavily on strength of spirit than skill.

We did well, our defense was incredible, the posts were more than friendly, and we only allowed one goal in the five games we played, winning the championship after an overtime shootout.

The team name sounds like it could be a dirty sex act, and probably is, but it’s also Tristan Cobine’s porn name, generated by combining his first pet’s name with the street he grew up on. Following the formula my own porn name would be Saggy Douglas. Aaron’s would be Fish Northland.

Hoot & Holler

Monday, June 7th 2010 by Pat

I’m heading out to the cabin at the end of the week and probably won’t have time to post new comics or films until I get back around the 4th of July.

I’m hoping to get some fishing in but it’s mostly a work trip, fix what’s broken, patch what’s leaking, try to straighten out the foundation without dropping the cabin on my head. That sort of thing.

The trip is also for Rod Selvig’s memorial service, the good mayor of Idaho Inlet. Rod lived at Nip & Tuck, about a half mile down the beach from our place, and we always stopped by for a visit when we were out that way.

We spent a lot of time playing horseshoes, drinking Rainier, and listening to his stories. He had a gravel voice and a sparkle in his eye, just looking at him you knew the guy could move a mountain if he wanted to. He was rare.


Wednesday, May 19th 2010 by Pat

Last week we were on the road filming in Yakutat. I love the place, the coast is incredible and our hosts, Gloria, Mandi, and Ralph were great!! We learned all about Yakutat history from the locals, picked up some language playing Tlingit Uno, and had plenty of opportunnity to go out and explore.

Good adventures. Lou tried to shoot himself out of a cannon…

Aaron drove the tank…

.. and I pulled a boomerang out of the river.

I did a few sketches on my notepad when I had time. The grade students were participating in a Tlingit Language performance and I tried to capture the hope, pride, embarrassment, and mischief in their faces. Other sketches came from the dance group practice and various meetings I attended.


Monday, April 12th 2010 by Pat

I’m on the road in Portland. I spent the weekend judging regional Student Academy Award submissions and on Wednesday I’ll be hosting a screening of JUMP Society films at the Whitsell Auditorium as part of the Northwest Film Center’s NW Tracking program.

I’ll have a new comic up later in the day but here are some sketchbook scans until then, a few are from this trip and a few are from before I left.

A girl on the airplane and the view from the window.



Monday, March 29th 2010 by Pat

This made my day. It’s a picture of Joel David Moore mimicking one of our comics, you might recognize him as Norm Spellman from Avatar.

A couple weeks ago I received an email from Yolanda Holly, the President and CEO of the Medi-Rub Corporation. She saw the the comic I made about our crew’s soul hollowing experience at the public market annex and noticed a thinly veiled reference to her product.

I was worried she might be writing to threaten legal action but it turns out she has a great sense of humor and went out of her way to snap this great picture at a GBK Productions event the night before the Oscars.

Pat, I am amused by your colorful nature and your humor in which you have chosen to portray the Medi-Rub Massager. Your drawing was brought to my attention by our Alaskan Distributors. I appreciate your support in helping them succeed as they are hard working people, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. You are very creative and an independent movie producer. This may give you a giggle.

Thanks to everyone involved – The Alaskan Distributors who snitched on me, Yolanda who found humor in my work, and to a gracious Joel David Moore for posing in the photo.

I wish more companies acted this way.

Travel Sketches

Friday, October 30th 2009 by Pat


This self portrait was drawn from my reflection in the window on the night train to Pasco. I want to become a better illustrator so I’ve been trying to do more drawing on this trip. I already posted a few of the more detailed sketches and here are the rest…


Hollywood & Alhambra

Wednesday, October 21st 2009 by Pat

The area near Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has a thick layer of commercial sludge but beneath the buses, costumed characters, and flyer flinging street hawks were wonderfully uneven bits of sidewalk where past generations of Hollywood stars left their marks in the cement.

The cracked pavement and uneven handwriting filled me with an unexpected wave of hope and adventure.

Paul Newman shared a spot with his love, JoAnne Woodward, and her orderly stiletto heel prints perfectly balance his playful and crooked bare feet.

Many people left hand prints, John Wayne pounded a single fist into the cement. It made me think of my dad.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

After visiting Hollywood, I made my way out to Kazu and Amy‘s place in Alhambra where I cooked up a bunch of salmon and halibut. It was a really nice evening with an incredible group of people, like being at home but with less explosives and beer.

The inner courtyard at Kazu’s place had a nice little forest of giant plant jars, it felt like walking through a giant’s garden.

Jar Forest

Overall, Los Angeles has been surprisingly refreshing and the public transportation was even pretty good.

Alternative Press Expo – San Francisco

Tuesday, October 13th 2009 by Pat

Alternative Press Expo

I’m packing up and heading off to San Francisco with Anchorage illustrator Lee Post for the Alternative Press Expo on October 17th and 18th. We’ll be holding down table 549, just look for the beards.

Come by and say hello, maybe we’ll trade you something for your Capri Sun and Lunchables.

I’ll also be stopping through Los Angeles, Portland, and the Tri-Cities Nuclear Superfund Fallout Zone on this trip so consider yourself warned if you’re along the way. Looking forward to seeing a ton of friends and burning through my PFD.