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Comics Camp Application
Alaska Robotics Comics Camp - April 22nd-25th, 2017

Yay! Camp!

A lot of my best experiences at comic conventions have been around the edges, playing board games, making friends over meals and just hiding out and drawing in my sketchbook. This artist camp is an attempt to capture those moments as we retreat from the tables and booths of convention land into a more casual and purposeful environment.

We rented a campground in the middle of the beautiful southeast Alaska rainforest and we're filling two days and three nights with a loosely scheduled series of workshops and conversations along with plenty of time for hanging out and tromping around in the woods.

The campground is a nice balance of rustic and civilized. We'll be tucked away in the trees but still have access to flushing toilets, hot water for showers and even a camp cook.

Guests this year include several of my favorite people in the world: Kate Beaton, Lucy Bellwood, Kazu Kibuishi, Carson Ellis, Vera Brosgol, Jeremy Spake, Georgina Hayns, Molly Lewis, Katie Lane, Dylan Meconis, Marian Call, Seth Boyer, Tony Cliff, Ryan North and Raina Telgemeier.

Last year our guests put together some unique workshops and conversations geared toward an audience of peers and working artists.

In addition to comic authors and visual storytellers, you can see that we're including musicians, puppet makers and even a lawyer. We'll have a heavy emphasis on visual storytelling but this camp is just as much about creative exploration and expression. I expect that any working (or aspiring) artist would get quite a bit out of the experience.

The camp will cost $600. This includes lodging for three nights at the campground plus meals. We also provide a bus from downtown Juneau to the campground. If you would like to exhibit at the convention, you will have a half-table made available. If you have a lot of merchandise and want a larger space, let me know, I'm sure we can work something out.

Applications are due February 1st.

Space is limited. We can only accommodate about thirty-five people in addition to our guests and I'm sure that going through these applications will be a difficult decision-making process. We'll be looking for applicants with a good mix of skills, experiences, and perspectives. We're looking for people with a sense of adventure, a sense of humor and a little bit of hope.

Filling out this form doesn't commit you to anything. We'll be in touch after all the applications are reviewed to sort out the details.

All my best,
Pat Race

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Tell us about yourself. (1000 characters or less)
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Work Samples
Please share links to three things you've made.
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Alaska Robotics Mini-Con
We're hosting a one-day comic convention prior to the artist camp. This will be a space for artists to share and exhibit their work with the community of Juneau. It will be similar to other conventions, just on a much smaller scale.
Would you like to exhibit at the convention?
Would you like to participate in school visits?
Camp Skills
We hope everyone can contribute to this experience in some small way.

Maybe you can play campfire songs or want to teach a class on story structure? Maybe you love doing dishes or know everything there is to know about the majestic Sitka Spruce?

Please let us know what skills you have to share that might contribute to the overall experience of the camp in a functional way or by expanding knowledge, encouraging curiosity or making people smile.

What are some skills and talents you might share with other campers?
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What are you most interested in learning or discussing?
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Food & Diet
Please let us know about any dietary restrictions or preferences. In our initial discussions we've been leaning towards a vegetarian menu along with local meats like wild Alaskan salmon and googly eyed halibut.
Any dietary restrictions, food preferences or food allergies we should know about?
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What do you like to drink?
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Health & Safety
Do you have any other health conditions we should know about for your safety or comfort?
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Campground & Lodging
This is a campground, not a resort. There will be trees and plants and mischievous squirrels. There is hot water and we do have showers and the toilets even flush, but they're all part of an outbuilding and not attached to the cabins where you will sleep.

Most camp attendees will be staying in group bunk cabins. If you require special assistance or a more private space it may be possible to stay at a hotel and drive to the campground each day.

Camp Tour
Aaron and Pat explore the campground prior to the 2016 Comics Camp.
How do you feel about staying at a camp facility?
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Do you have adequate outdoor clothes?
It could rain. A lot. Temperatures could be anywhere in the 25°F to 70°F range. That's -3°C to 21°C.
What kind of bunkmates would you prefer?
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Financial Aid
The camp fee is $600. Please let us know if you need financial aid or have the means to help someone else with their fees. We'll get in touch to discuss details.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
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Anything else we should know? What did we forget to ask?
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