Alaska Robotics Comics Camp | April 26th - April 30th
Have you attended in the past? You have the option of filling out the short form!
SHORT FORM: https://forms.gle/H3yf7RCuAEJya35t5
A lot of our best experiences at comic conventions have been around the edges, playing board games, making friends over meals and just hiding out and drawing in a sketchbook. This comics 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 Tongass rainforest i
n southeast Alaska 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. Cell phone service is a short hike to the beach but there's a land line and electricity.
The framing is a fairly casual and woodsy peer-to-peer environment where we believe everyone has something to share and everyone has something to learn. In the past, we've had people share works in progress, we've had frank discussions about publishing and we've often waded into the deep waters of politics, money and self care. In addition to learning and developing time, there are lots of opportunities for fun and community, things like board games, arts and crafts, music, campfires and a shared library of comic books.
We're out in the forest so the expectation is that everyone will pitch in a bit to help make things go smoothly. That might mean chopping wood or jumping in and doing the dishes. It's not a heavy lift if we all contribute a little bit.
We have an emphasis on comics and visual storytelling but we don't limit attendees to those fields, we find a bit of cross pollination is always good. In the past, musicians, animators, puppet fabricators, game designers and many others have attended in addition to our mainstay of comics authors and artists.
The camp fee is $750 and includes lodging for three nights plus food & drink at the campground. We also provide airport pickups, a bus from downtown Juneau to the campground and if you would like to exhibit at the convention, you will have at least a half-table available for your use.
We are able to provide fee waivers and transportation assistance to those who need help covering costs. We also invite those with the capacity to assist others to contribute a bit more. Low key mutual aid.
Other costs to budget for include travel to Juneau and any food or lodging needs on any days we aren't at the campground.
Space is limited and we do get quite a few applications. It's always a difficult decision-making process on this end. What we look for most in applicants is a good mix of skills, experiences, and perspectives. We like to host people with a sense of adventure, a willingness to participate and enthusiasm to share skills and ideas. We're also interested in people who bring unique perspectives and experiences into the mix.
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.
Applications are due November 17th, 2023.
For more information, please visit our Q&A page:
Pat Race & Aaron Suring