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Gallery Walk

Monday, November 30th 2009 by Pat

whale cloud

We’ll have new prints on display at the Ruby Room this Friday for Gallery Walk. Hope you can make it!

Public Market

Friday, November 27th 2009 by Pat

Public Market

Aaron and I will be at the Juneau Public Market this weekend with our comics, films, shirts, and a bunch of Sarah Asper-Smith’s work. You can find us at booth C-8, just to the left of the main entrance. Hope to see you there!

Public Market

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.

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.

Excellent Radio 100.7

Saturday, October 10th 2009 by Pat

I put together some shirt designs for the upcoming KXLL fundraiser. This first run will be limited and you’ll have to contact Andy KXLLine at the radio station if you want one — 463-6499

Squid vs. Whale

KXLL Wings

Eva Plays Guitar, This is Her Music

Tuesday, October 6th 2009 by Pat

Last weekend I wrote my first play and created a comic book… all in 24 hours.

Daniel's Play

I began Friday night at 8pm, wrote a script until 8am Saturday and then frantically scribbled out a 24 page comic book while a director and group of actors prepared it for the stage. Sunday I slept and ate pie.

UPDATE — These files are a little wonky. Either give them time to load or right-click (ctrl-click on mac) and save to your local machine.


The 24 Hour Miracle
The Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre hosted the 24 Hour Miracle, an annual event where participants attempt to write and stage several short plays in 24 hours.

There were four groups, each with a writer, director and handful of actors. I knew some of the people in my group and others I was meeting for the first time.

Roblyn Davis was our director which was amazing luck, he’s incredibly talented and squeezed some real juice out of the script.

Many of our actors were first time performers but everyone put their heart into the performance. I was most amazed that they could learn their lines in such a short time.

We were given a theme, “Making Contact,” and we talked about it as a group for quite a while before I actually began writing. This gave me the chance to get to know the people I was working with and to begin thinking about ways to spin their personalities into a story.

I wanted this to be primarily a play for them, operating under the theory that if the actors were invested they would draw in the audience. I tried to create something with balance that could be fun but also carry emotional weight. Sometimes it even worked.

I gave all the characters a reason to live, except Eva, I wanted her to be searching for that and I wanted the story to be dark but ultimately hopeful. It’s a simple little journey from depression to realizing you’re a part of a community and that people need you and love you.


  • Eva – A depressed and nearly suicidal young woman with a gift for singing sad and disturbing songs about death. Played by Nicole Church
  • Daniel – A hopeful and thoughtful young man in a relationship with Eva. Played by Aaron O.
  • Mary – A mother of two boys, Kyle and Daniel. She resents her child monopolizing her time but when it boils down to it, he’s all she truly lives for. Played by Mie Christenson
  • Kyle – A young boy enthralled by Spiderman and adventure. Played by Aaron Lopez
  • Doris – A whiskey sipping old timer who lives for Eva’s music. Played by Sally Wilson
  • Sue – The other whiskey sipping blue hair, she lives for her friendship with Doris. Played by Kate
  • Umbrella Man, Pilots, & Convict – These characters were all just Eva’s songs about death.

24 Hour Comics Day
The 24 Hour Comics Day happened to coincide with the 24 Hour Miracle so I figured I’d just sit down and turn my script into a comic book. The first couple pages took waaaay too long to draw and didn’t really do anything for me. I eventually got up to speed and created a few panels and pages that I actually liked. Switching to smaller paper and skipping the penciling really seemed to help scoot along production.

The other illustrators at work were Melissa Griffiths, Dawson Walker, Miguel Rohrbacher, and Pete Morrissette. They all created much more polished work than I did and it was simultaneously inspiring and intimidating to work with them.

Thank You Thank You Thank You to Geoff Kirsch, Juneau Douglas Little Theatre, The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, and whatever benevolent spirit allowed me to end the night by finding my keys.


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.

24 Hour Comic Day – Juneau 2009

Wednesday, September 30th 2009 by Pat

24 Hour Comics Day Juneau

We’re hosting a 24 Hour Comics Day in Juneau this weekend. The event will be at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center in cooperation with the 24 Hour Miracle, a similar project for actors, writers, and directors.

Executive Summary

Start Time: 8:00pm Friday, October 2nd

Where: Juneau Arts & Culture Center
350 Whittier St # 101
Juneau, AK 99801-1774

I’ll update this post with more information as the event comes together, please let me know if you can help organize and everyone is encouraged to invite friends or spread the word to those who might want to participate. It should be a fun project and a good excuse to sit down and create something.

Interested in participating? Questions? Give me a call at 586-3440.

For more information about 24 Hour Comics Day, visit or

Blues Band — UPDATED

Tuesday, September 29th 2009 by Pat

The Blues Band

The comic is going to be late this week, I’ve been crazy busy but I’ll find some time soon.

Meanwhile.. here’s a poster I whipped up for the Blues Band. These guys are great, especially Steve! They’ll be playing a reunion gig this weekend, Saturday, October 3rd 8:00pm at the Yacht Club.

The Blues Band is made up of members of the premiere 90’s Alaskan bar band, Cook County.

Here’s some vintage Cook County circa 1995:

Community steps up and donates H1N1 flu to homeless

Tuesday, September 22nd 2009 by Lou

Sometimes I read things incorrectly.  Maybe it’s similar to switching the letters around when writing leik this.  Anyway, I wondered how this article would actually turn out if that was the real title.  You can see the original at KINY’s Juneau Daily News.

The Assembly, last night, (Monday) approved using the remainder of the CBJ swine flu homeless fund. Last month the panel approved $3,600 to infect homeless people with contagious H1N1 flu.

Acting City Manager Tim Kiefermunda told the Assembly that, so far, only three homeless have been infected and $3,300 remains in the fund. Kiefermunda says based on the Assembly’s action last month, the United Way and the Glory Hole have received approximately $6,800 in donations so far. Of that amount, he says, about $4,000 is going towards supplementing the amount the Assembly put forward to provide flu for homeless people.

Kiefermunda says the Glory Hole has done a lot of education and the community has donated Lysol wipes and hand sanitizers to the homed.

An anonymous flu doner, also donating an expired can of Flavorite Mushroom Soup and a bleach stained Federal Body Inspector t-shirt, said that “giving has always made me feel like a good person, and the homeless need swine flu more than anyone, especially when it is just starting to get cold out.”

The Assembly voted 7 to one to extend the program.