Alaska Robotics

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Transformers: Alternate Ending

Thursday, June 27th 2013 by Pat


Update: Ooooops! This comic has been removed.

Hey Juneau, Don’t Miss This!!!

Thursday, April 18th 2013 by Pat


Help Wanted

Thursday, April 11th 2013 by Pat

We’re looking for a couple part-time employees who want to work at the gallery this summer. We’d like to find people who can work 10-25hrs/week on a semi-flexible schedule.

Resumes due to Aaron by 4/19.

We’re also casting for an upcoming television commercial. The shoot is around April 21-24. Actors will be needed for about 3 hours during that time and production assistants will need to be ready to rock throughout the shoot. Call the office or gallery for more info – 586-3440 or 523-0303.

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Scott C. & Kate Beaton

Tuesday, April 9th 2013 by Pat

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We have two amazing artists visiting Juneau this April and we have a whole bunch of fun events planned while they’re in town. Space is limited for the workshops so get registered early!!

Scott C

Scott C, sometimes Scott Campbell, is the creator of the online series called the GREAT SHOWDOWNS and Double Fine Action Comics. He was Art Director at Double Fine Productions on such games as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. He recently began illustrating picture books with Zombie In Love and East Dragon West Dragon from Simon&Schuster. His paintings can be seen in galleries and magazines around the world. He lives in New York City in a house made of bricks.

Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton is the creator of Hark! A Vagrant, a comic often featuring historical and literary figures. Her collected volumes have won numerous awards and Hark! A Vagrant was named by Time magazine as one of the top ten fiction books of the year.

Events & Workshops

Saturday, April 13th / Noon – 2:00ish
Hang out and draw at the Alaska Robotics Gallery

Thursday, April 18th / 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Evening lecture at Goldtown Nickelodeon
Kate & Scott talk about their work and experiences

Friday, April 19th / 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Gallery party time, signing books, hanging out, eating cheese

Saturday, April 20th / 10:00am – 12:30pm
WORKSHOP – Brainstorming!!! Scott C will help you develop characters and backstory, this workshop is a great chance to roll up your sleeves and draw while learning about story and design. All Ages & Skill Levels are welcome!
*Workshop space limited!! – Register at Alaska Robotics Gallery

Saturday, April 20th / 1:30pm – 4:00pm
WORKSHOP – Find your Voice with Kate Beaton. Kate will share some super-secret ways to communicate your voice visually. Also, lots of drawing! All Ages & Skill Levels are welcome!
*Workshop space limited!! – Register at Alaska Robotics Gallery

The workshops are $15/each or $25 for both. If you can’t afford it, come talk to us, we’re very reasonable people.

For more information, visit us at the Alaska Robotics Gallery, 220 Front St.

Bacteria & Breakups

Monday, April 1st 2013 by Pat


Reality shows are the bottom of the barrel, they might even be the drippings that stick to the side of the barrel. In fact, I’m not entirely certain they came from the barrel to begin with. I’m pretty sure that’s what a guy like me is supposed to think of reality television.

That said, I’m loving Strip Search, the web comics reality show produced by Penny Arcade and Loading Ready Run.

I applied for the show, not because I wanted to win but because I liked the idea of running through a creative gantelope. Gauntlet. Whatever. Gantelope is a much better word.

I didn’t make the cut but I decided I should try doing one of the challenges anyway. For elimination rounds, the artists have 90 minutes to create a comic on a theme. I didn’t have Mike and Jerry taunting me the whole time but it was still difficult. I usually take between 6-10 hours to make a comic so this was a little harder than I normally push myself.

The theme I was given by @uncle_vinny was Bacteria and Breakups.

Super Awkward

Monday, March 18th 2013 by Pat


Christopher Nolan did a great job with his Dark Knight trilogy but I couldn’t help thinking there was one guy who might object to the way he wrapped things 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!!!

Emerald City Comicon 2013

Wednesday, February 27th 2013 by Pat

We’ll be exhibiting at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend. If you manage to wade through the sea of batmen (batmans?), you’ll find us at booth 2606 along with Marian Call.

Very much looking forward to this weekend, Emerald City is great!



Monday, February 18th 2013 by Pat


Keyboards are instruments of change.

This morning I read that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) had been re-introduced. I hope you’ll take a moment to read a bit about CISPA and think deeply about the level of access you want the government to have to your private communications.

I get most of my news on these things from Boing Boing and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

If there’s only one organization you give to this year, please consider the EFF, they’re way out on a distant front, fighting to protect your freedom, privacy, and access from two of our worst enemies, greed and stupidity.

Anyone who holds a keyboard has access to great power, go do wonderful things with it.

Hourly Comic Day 2013

Monday, February 4th 2013 by Pat


So there’s this thing called Hourly Comics Day. It’s a great idea, for each hour of the day you draw a little comic. I love it. I also suck at it.

I spent all day Friday taking notes and thinking about what I wanted to draw. I came up with a few sketches throughout the day and hoped to whip them into something presentable after things wound down at the gallery show (we’re exhibiting some of Lee Post‘s work this month).

I totally failed.

I came back to it for a bit on Saturday, pecked at it on Sunday, and finally wrapped it all up this morning.

It took me three extra days to complete and every moment (ok.. not every moment) was filled with frustration.. but you know what? Sometimes art is frustration.

It’s frustration and frustration and frustration and then.. maybe… if you’re lucky… a glorious breakthrough.


This was a good challenge and hopefully I’ll be able to feel better about it next year. For now, it’s a reminder that I’m nowhere near where I want to be with my drawing abilities.

If you want to see it done right, check out Vera B’s hourlies or go paw through the forum posts.