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Big Mike

Wednesday, November 11th 2009 by Pat

Dad turned sixty this week. He also cut out a bunch of my comics, glued them to sticks and made goofy cartoons out of them. I hope I’m still having as much fun when I’m his age.

Terrible Yellow Eyes

Monday, September 21st 2009 by Pat


Terrible Yellow Eyes is a collection of illustrations inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. The project, organized by Cory Godbey, features beautiful contributions by many of my favorite artists.

I thought it would be fun to try drawing some wild things and I actually like the rough pencil sketches the best.

For whatever reason, whenever I try to refine a drawing it seems to lose a little bit of soul. Anyone have any tips on preserving the lively quality of a quick sketch while evolving it into a more finished piece? Maybe I just need to get away from Photoshop and get my hands dirty.



Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 by Pat

This music video by Sour shows off some imaginative uses of collaborative web cam video.

via Scott McCloud

Yo Gabba Gabba

Monday, August 31st 2009 by Pat

“Listening and Dancing to Music is AWESOME!!!”

I’m addicted, I’ve come under the spell of Yo Gabba Gabba and I can’t stop myself. It’s four in the morning on a comic night and I’m rocking out to songs about sharing, eating your vegetables, and making friends.

I’ve yet to see an entire episode, I’m just subsisting off youTube scraps for the time being. Join me in my pauper’s feast.

Party in My Tummy VS. The Ting Tings

This Exists

Wednesday, August 26th 2009 by Pat

Yeah. So… Apparently this exists. Wow!

Thanks Masen, I don’t watch enough Nickelodeon these days.

Libby Sterling Interview

Thursday, August 20th 2009 by Pat

Capital City Weekly

We sat down last week with Libby Sterling and chatted about work, inspiration, creative expression and life. Libby writes for the Capital City Weekly and put together a flattering profile of our group after the conversation.

It was a pleasure to talk to Libby, we probably asked her as many questions about her work as she asked about ours.

In addition to writing for the paper, Libby is a talented photographer and musician playing with the Little Black Raincloud Company, a talented group putting out an honest sound laced with melancholy. The music is like the silver surface of a puddle just after it rains – reflective, fragile and wonderful.

She shows promise and patience as an animator and filmmaker but aspires to step sideways from that work to become a photographic illustrator, working with miniature sets and models to create still images. She sites Christopher Sickels as inspiration for the direction of her future work and her short film, The Orphan, offers a glimpse of the character and set design she’s been experimenting with.

Libby is the kind of person that makes Juneau a place I like to live, I hope she sticks around.


Monday, August 3rd 2009 by Pat

I just got back from a cabin trip so today’s comic is going to be late. In the meantime, enjoy this distraction..

“More,” is one of my favorite short films of all time. Mark Osbourne took a chunky, grey block of clay and turned it into a bittersweet world filled with aspirations, dreams, suffering, tragedy, and, ultimately, hope… or is that despair? The subtly is lost on me but I really enjoy the shiny sparkles.

This film inspires me to create and it also reminds me to stay true to myself, to cling desperately to whatever glowing goop I have in my belly.

Osbourne recently directed “Kung-Fu Panda,” which is my favorite animated feature since “The Iron Giant,” and he’s currently at work on “The Great Ascension Machine,” a new stop-motion & computer animated film that has some kind of steam punk bent to it.

The “More” DVD can be found at Osborne’s Get Happy website.

Off the Grid

Tuesday, July 28th 2009 by Pat

off grid
We’ll be off grid for a few days. I’m looking forward to beer battering some Halibut and there’s a good chance the comic on Monday will be inspired by fishing and adventuring.

After a little wrangling, the HD version of Buy Back America is available on YouTube.

Buy Back America

Monday, July 27th 2009 by Pat

Update – HD version on YouTube

Last weekend was the JUMP Society Film Festival where we premiered a new segment in our “Buy Back” series.

This time around we explored our nation’s unfathomable debt and the intangible wonder of the American dream.

Feel free to download the music and do your part to pay off the national debt.

The “Buy Back” Films:

More than Meets the Eye

Monday, July 20th 2009 by Pat

Transformers - More than Meets the Eye

Watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was like being water boarded with pop rocks and diet coke. I expected something better only because I couldn’t imagine anything worse.

I grew up playing with the classic toys and thought they were really something special, the perfect chalice for the fountain of imagination pouring from the mind of a twelve-year-old.

Or course, I can’t write about the Transformers without linking to Mr. McFeely’s classic song..