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5k Update

Saturday, July 14th 2012 by Pat

If you’re attending Comic Con, you can join us at 1pm today at Booth #1033 for the aforementioned Comic Con 5k.

We’ll run down the waterfront past the pirate ship. If you want to run and you’re in San Diego but not at the con, you should be able to intercept us behind the Marriott on the marina walk.

Yay! Running!

Comic Con 5k – 2012

Tuesday, June 26th 2012 by Pat

I’m going to Comic-Con this July and I’m going to eat a ton of ice cream and get a bad case of booth hunch. It is known.

I thought I’d combat the problem by bringing my running shoes, wearing a Flash shirt, and going for a run along the waterfront.

If you’re free I hope you’ll join me. Saturday afternoon looks ideal and I’ll announce a time once I get a look at the schedule.

I’m kind of over flash mobs but I haven’t seen nearly enough Flash mobs so if everyone wants to dress up as The Flash, that would be cool. Or the Juggernaut or Quicksilver or some other running themed comic characters… or yourself. Of course you can come as yourself but I hope you feel out of place dressed as a normal human and at least wear a red shirt with a yellow lighting bolt taped to it.

Right. Disclaimer. This isn’t an official event, this isn’t any kind of event, running is incredibly dangerous and not for the faint of heart. I can’t be responsible if you trip on an invisible jet and skin your knee.

Commemorative Bear Prints

Monday, May 7th 2012 by Pat

If anyone likes the bear illustration I did for the opening, it’s available as a Limited Edition Giclée Print signed by me, Lou, and Aaron. This is a big deal, items signed by Aaron Suring are impossible to find on eBay these days.

What other words can I add while I’m in huckster mode? Commemorative! It’s a Limited Edition Commemorative Special Triple Signature Giclée Print.. and like those plates, these prints are virtually guaranteed to go up with value. There are only thirty-two copies in existence. Thirty-two.

Thirty-two is a number with no particular significance to me and, quite frankly, a print run of thirty-two sets off all my twitchy OCD alarms but that’s how many we made. I should probably gin-up some justification for making thirty-two prints to calm my inner numerical anxiety. Ahh.. yes, thirty-two is the ASCII code for “space” and this is the print commemorating the opening of our new space.. therefore, thirty-two. Excellent. I feel better. Now go buy a print!

Speaking of prints, a big thanks to Lemon Creek Digital for turning the order around so quickly and for rolling out all of our fancy-pants giclée prints right here in Juneau. David Riccio is the man.

Alaska Robotics Gallery Opening

Tuesday, May 1st 2012 by Pat

I’m excited to announce that the Alaska Robotics Gallery will be opening this Friday, May 4th.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Juneau at 220 Front Street and it’s a beautiful space where we’re selling our prints, cards, shirts, and a huge selection of graphic novels.

I hope you’ll join us this Friday for some fancy cheese and help us warm the house.

Alaska Robotics Gallery

The Whale has Landed

Sunday, February 5th 2012 by Pat

So this is exciting… Take a few steps past the security exit in the departure lounge at the Juneau International Airport and there’s a hidden alcove with a giant whale plane hanging on the wall.

I’m really pleased with the results and had a great time creating and installing the piece.

Here’s a better picture of the alcove with an early version of the whale Photoshopped onto the wall.

We couldn’t print on a single aluminum panel at that size so Jeannie (she’s really great) came up with the idea to do overlapping panels.

The design went through a lot of variations.

We struck on a design we all liked and I started inking and coloring the eleven foot image.

I tried for detailed simplicity, something that could be appreciated from a distance but wasn’t going to turn into fat pixels or hard vector lines up close.

We purchased the panels without any backing and had to figure out how to mount it on the wall. It was printed on aluminum by Bay Photo, they did a great job and at a reasonable price.

The aluminum prints don’t take adhesive very well but they’re light weight and look great. We tested out JB Weld and it adhered fairly well with some coarse sanding but in the end we decided to go with straight silicon.

Once we got the mounting boards into the wall studs we thought we should just leave the wall like this, it looks more like art than my art.

The panels overlap a bit so we had to mount them at different depths.

Who let this guy near the power tools?

This is me and Greg after we got the panels all squared up. Greg is the retired maintenance man who they keep around because he knows everything about the building. He was great to work with, easy going and very capable. I think he could have done this installation all himself but he was polite enough to let me feel like I was helping.

This is Jeannie, she came up with the paneling idea and kept pushing me to make the illustration better. We were both thrilled to see it up on the wall.

Well, that’s that. Go check it out next time you fly though Juneau and I’ll have some prints available in a month or so if anyone is interested.


Thursday, January 26th 2012 by Pat

I’m not sure why I thought building a physical version of a metaphoric healing process was funny. It actually seems like the kind of thing a god would do to protect his heart.


Tuesday, January 17th 2012 by Pat

I found out Athena’s owl is named Glaucus which means something like glaring eyes. Then I fell waaaaaaaay down the Wikipedia rabbit hole.


Monday, January 9th 2012 by Pat

If you’re going to make bad decisions, make good bad decisions.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 21st 2011 by Pat

I made this as a greeting card for the Juneau International Airport, it’s a modified version of a giant aluminum print I’ve been working towards. You might already have one in the mail but I wanted to share it here for anyone who might have missed it.

I hope you have a the best Christmahanaquanzika ever… and a Happy New Year!

Goron Fishin’

Wednesday, December 21st 2011 by Pat

A little Zelda fan art inspired by Corey Godbey.