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Something Fierce – Marian Call

Friday, September 30th 2011 by Pat

Marian Call - Something Fierce

Marian’s new album comes out tomorrow. You should probably buy it.

If you aren’t familiar with her work, Marian Call is an Alaskan singer/songwriter and entrepreneur who creates lovely music about avocados and space ships.

I’m in no state to be conjuring the deserved praise, I didn’t get nearly enough sleep last night.

Just go get the album.

Trust me.

It’s amaaaaaaaaaaaazing.

.. and here are some variations on the above illustration.

The Bride

Thursday, September 1st 2011 by Pat

Sarah Asper-Smith

Sarah Asper-Smith, our dear friend and longtime partner in crime has been hitched. Alaskan men from Ketchikan to Barrow are crying in their beers.

All hail Mitch Watley. Long live the union.

If you’d like to do something nice for the blushing bride, I would recommend jumping over to Sarah’s Etsy store and peppering her with orders or picking up a copy of her darling children’s book full of collective nouns… five stars as of this posting!!

Robots vs. Zombies

Friday, August 5th 2011 by Pat

Here’s an interview we did at comic-con for, an online zombie survival guide.

I’m standing by my answer, robots are much more dangerous than zombies. Robots have lasers and all kinds of wicked people killing technology while zombies pretty much just have perseverance and hunger.

Sure, it’s the kind of deep down hunger that wins football games but they’re so hopelessly outclassed. Robots can fly, they can be tiny, they can be giant, they can shoot missiles at you from space. They can repair themselves. Robots all the way.

The only way zombies would even stand a chance at wiping us out as fast as robots is if the disease mutated in such a way that it became airborne or could be carried by animals and insects. Even then, I’m going with robots. They’re a lot harder to take out with a baseball bat or an axe.

I guess it could be argued that robots require a lot of maintenance and resources but they know math. And that’s it, my final argument in favor of robots..

Math always wins.

Sarah’s book is finally here!

Friday, November 19th 2010 by Slaal

Several hefty boxes showed up today.  A glance at the labels on the boxes was all it took to get me psyched:

Pat was in a meeting and I was also supposed to be paying attention.  So I tried to stay somewhat low-key while excitedly cracking the boxes open but I was dancing in glee while waiting for the business talk to wrap up.

Sarah has told me how big they are several times now, but they just seem so much bigger and shinier in real life.

We will have a big party and book signing when Sarah get’s back to town in a month or so.  But in the meantime, I know you all want your very own copy.  Come down to the office and get one quick before they’re all gone (we promise to order more if we sell out), or order yours from our online store.  On sale now!  A whole month and a half before that silly Amazon place.

I know what my nephew is getting for Thanksgiving!  I can’t be expected to wait for Christmas.

Is there anything else left for me to say except:

CONGRATULATIONS SARAH!!!!  You (and your book) rock!

Well, I am still me, so the congrats.. ..and one more link to the store.

Get yer JUMP tickets

Wednesday, August 11th 2010 by Lou

JUMP Film Festival tickets now available at Lucid Reverie! Call 586-3440 or visit for more info.

Ted Stevens

Tuesday, August 10th 2010 by Pat

Ted Stevens is gone. My condolences to his family and to the families of the other passengers on his flight.

It’s a strange feeling to lose such an iconic Alaskan. A tragedy for certain but I’d like to think that for Stevens this was the kind of ending he wanted. Tough sons of bitches generally don’t like dying of old age and Stevens was just that. He lived a full life punctuated by a plane crash in remote Alaska and, in my eyes, that beats withering away in a nursing home.

As a politician, Stevens sometimes played the hero and sometimes played the villain. He was a force of nature. The Incredible Hulk.

An occasional satirist, I couldn’t help taking a few jabs at Stevens but in the end he grew on me. I listened to his part in the corrupt bastards case and decided, “Damnit. I like Ted Stevens.” I didn’t want to like him but I couldn’t help it, he sounded like a good guy.

A couple weeks after I shared my thoughts on the case, an envelope arrived. Stevens had found what I wrote and scrawled out a hand written thank you note. Class act.

Alaska will miss you Ted Stevens, you were a provider. Hope you didn’t mind the zombie animation. I had to.

In the Trenches with Mike Hunt

Sunday, July 25th 2010 by Pat

I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time. Maybe I did post it, years ago. The future is the past. Regardless, it’s worth sharing again.

The Alaska Public Radio Network ran a show back in 2007 called “AK: In the Trenches,” and it featured a story on retired airman, Col. Howard “Mike” Hunt. I cut together all the good bits.


The original show can be caught here, it’s better listening to the whole thing but we’re busy people in busy times and we have to get back to our twitters and emails.

AK was a good radio show, the “This American Life” of Alaska, I’m sad that it’s over and hope it gets revived someday. I don’t know if Rebecca Sheir was in on the joke but I have to hope so given the episode’s title.

The Fairbanks News Miner also ran a story on the guy. He’s apparently a total badass and I have to believe he finds as much humor in all this as I do — otherwise I’m a douchebag making fun of an 88 year old war hero’s name.

Oil Spill News

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010 by Pat

Fake news. It’s exactly the same as the real news but slightly less absurd.

I want to make more of these but I’ve got too much work this next week and then I’m heading out to my cabin until the end of the month.

I guess the oil spill will still be here when I get back… that’s depressing.

Really, why don’t they just drop a giant boulder on the thing? Bill Nye the Science Guy says we need one that weighs about 6000 tons.

Spring Cleaning

Tuesday, May 4th 2010 by Pat

Hello world.

We’re doing some website spring cleaning over the next week or two, maybe you have some suggestions?

We’re looking for functional fixes, ideas about delivery. Can you find what you’re looking for when you get here? How do you get updates about the site? Facebook, Email, RSS, Carrier Pigeon?

Did you ever use the old bbPress forum? Would you like to see relevant comments preserved and migrated to WordPress?

What do you like about the site? What sucks?

I think of the website as an envelope, I want it to be functional and I want it to look presentable but mostly it just needs to be a good container for the comics and films stuffed inside. If you can’t get past the packaging we’re doing something wrong.

Life Eats Comics

Monday, January 25th 2010 by Pat

Comics have been temporarily displaced by commercial work and an avalanche of other distractions but I’ll be back at it next week.

The above image is part of a commissioned piece I’m working on. It’s been a great project but way too time consuming. I’ll share the rest of the image once I’m finished.

This week we’re all scrambling to prepare for the JUMP Society Film Festival. Locally made short films on a sesame seed bun. Delicious!