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Nidaros Cathedral

Monday, May 30th 2011 by Pat

This sketch doesn’t do it justice but The Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway was one of my favorite buildings of those I was able to visit in Europe.

I’m back to Juneau for the moment and fighting jet lag as I prepare to leave again this morning for a trip to Kotzebue by way of Anchorage.

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

Yes, Virginia

Wednesday, November 24th 2010 by Pat

Ok ok ok. Maybe this is too much tinsel and corn syrup to be ladling on before Thanksgiving but I’m excited to see that our friend, Bill Sneed, did the lead character design work for the upcoming Christmas Special, “Yes, Virginia.”

The character will also appear in gigantic balloon form for the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. That’s a pretttty cool thing for a designer to see their work floating through New York City streets.

Billy also dabbles in an occasional non-Christmas themed animation. I love this music video for “Ohio” by Outside Royalty.

It’s even better because the producer credit goes to Jody MacKinnon, one of my first and dearest childhood friends. Jody bolted from Juneau right after high school and people are always asking me what she’s been doing.. apparently producing amazing music videos!

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!

Aaron Diaz on Comics

Friday, July 23rd 2010 by Pat

Webcomics philosopher Aaron Diaz, creator of Dresden Codak, has launched Indistinguishable from Magic, wherein he discusses and dissects the comics art form.

If you’re interested in creating or understanding comics, you’ll want to read his posts which include topics like character design, panel layout, environment and motion.

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.


Monday, February 22nd 2010 by Pat

We’ve hosted a lot of guest filmmakers, animators, and even occasional illustrators for workshops and lectures in Juneau. One of the most regular questions I hear asked of these remarkably creative people is “Where do you get your ideas?” I feel like it’s always followed by a heartbeat, a hidden slice of disappointment, as they work through stock answers in their head.

It’s a hard question to answer, too broad and too common. It almost seems to demand a physical location, some deep, hidden well of ideas waiting to be slopped into a bucket and carted away.

But ideas don’t work that way, ideas are intangible ghosts that appear when you conjure them and often when you don’t. If you’re lucky you can remember enough of an idea’s shape to put it to good use later, pencils help.

I really enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s essay which gives a thoughtful response to the difficult question.

Megatons of Awesome

Wednesday, January 27th 2010 by Pat

I love these openers Mike Martinez put together for UAF Nanook Hockey.

Dropping bombs into a volcano? Brilliant! I’ve never been more proud to be a Nanook Alum.

It seems to be an evolving project and I can’t wait to see what comes next year. Personally, I’m rooting for more cold fire and a finale involving a giga-nanook sending the earth into the sun with a super nova inducing slap shot.

Good job Mike!!


Lady of the Wood

Tuesday, October 6th 2009 by Pat

David Walker

Local boy makes good! David Walker claimed the Supreme Prize at the World of Wearable Art Show, a huge event that takes place each year in New Zealand.

It’s always inspiring to see locals take their craft to a world stage and it’s even better when they’re as successful as David. The prize couldn’t have gone to a nicer guy, David and his wife Rene are the reason I have a bike.

Hopefully this means that he’ll somehow end up on an episode of Flight of the Conchords.