2024 Comics Camp Application
Alaska Robotics Comics Camp | April 26th - April 30th

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Have you attended in the past? You have the option of filling out the short form!
SHORT FORM: https://forms.gle/H3yf7RCuAEJya35t5

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Yay! Camp!

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 in 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:
https://minicon.alaskarobotics.com/questions-and-answers/

Thank you,
Pat Race & Aaron Suring
Alaska Robotics
907-586-3440
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A Little Camp Video from 2016
First Name *
Last Name *
Zipcode / Postal Code *
Email *
Phone Number *
The Internets
Where can we find you online? Social media, website, etc.
Age *
Gender Pronoun Preference
Public Biography *
How would you like to be described to the community of Juneau and other visiting artists? (1000 characters or less)
Additional Biographical Notes
Not for publication -- Anything else we should know about you that might not fit into an awkward 3rd person public biography?
Work Samples *
Please share links to at least three things you've made along with short descriptions. This can be a link to an individual work or a body of work. We can't review anything behind a pay-wall or shopping cart so please don't send links to your book listing on Amazon unless you only want us to see the cover. If you prefer to mail work samples, please contact crew@alaskarobotics.com
What motivates your work? *
Tell us about the unique social, cultural, or life experiences that motivate your work.
Underrepresented Voices
We're interested in raising up underrepresented voices in comics. If you identify as part of an underrepresented community or do work to elevate the voices of others, tell us a bit about that.
Alaska Robotics Mini-Con
We're hosting a one-day comic convention prior to the comics camp. This will be a space for artists to share and exhibit their work with the community of Juneau and recoup some travel costs. It will be similar to other convention's artist alley, just on a much much smaller scale. 

We host the event at the Alaska State Museum and according to past exhibitors, sales were similar to or slightly less than what they made over the same period of time at other small conventions outside Alaska. Generally exhibitors brings smaller and fewer items because of the travel involved. Stickers, mini-comics, pins, books, and commissions are popular.
Would you like to exhibit at the convention? *
If you're exhibiting at the convention, what are you likely to have with you?
Juneau School Visits
On the Friday before the convention we mobilize a crew of dedicated volunteers and take artists to every school we can reach. Juneau is an isolated community and getting visiting artists into the classrooms here is a unique experience for local students.

Last year we were able to provide a $100 stipend to every artist who participated in a school visit and we hope to match or exceed that this year.

If you plan to participate in school visits it would be a good idea to arrive Thursday, April 25th.
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 you most interested in learning or discussing? *
What are the things you hope to learn from others, what do you most want to get out of this experience?
What are some skills and interests you might share with other campers? *
How do you think you might contribute in this peer-to-peer camping, learning, hanging-out environment? Do you have a workshop or activity you'd like to host, a topic you'd like to discuss, a particular passion you'd to share with others?
Campground & Lodging
This is a campground, not a resort. There will be trees and plants and mischievous ravens. 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 we prefer people stay at the campground when possible.

It could rain. A lot. Temperatures could be anywhere in the 25°F to 70°F range. That's -3°C to 21°C.
Camp Tour
Our first tour of the campground prior to the Comics Camp in 2016.
How do you feel about staying at a camp facility? *
Financial Aid
The camp fee is $750 but we do have needs-based financial aid available and we will do our best to ensure people who have been selected through the application process are able to attend.

Travel to Juneau is an important cost to consider in calculating your expenses. We do have a limited number of airline miles we can make available to help some travelers.

Arriving in Juneau on Thursday or Friday will mean finding a place to stay in town. People will stay in hotels, coordinate group lodging with other attendees or stay in guest rooms with local volunteers and supporters of the event.

If you anticipate financial need, we ask that you please begin to look into "career opportunity" or "career development" grants through state or local arts agencies. These are often available to help artists with professional development.

We will prioritize financial aid based on need and for indigenous artists, creators of color and people from underrepresented communities.
Anything else we should know? What did we forget to ask?
(1500 characters)
Inclusivity
Alaska Robotics works hard to nurture a fun, safe and supportive environment where people can thrive and share the best in themselves with one another. We believe in inclusion and value a variety of perspectives.

The irony of inclusion is that it requires a degree of exclusion. We ask that you not bring racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or other toxic perspectives into camp. We're open to difficult discussions but will not tolerate harassment of our guests and you may be asked to reflect on your behavior or leave the camp if you're making other campers uncomfortable.

We event organizers recognize that we carry our own privileges and will work to keep them in mind so we can be good hosts who curate a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all involved.

Thank you to Comics Camp alum Christina Tran for helping us learn more about Inclusion: http://sodelightful.com/comics/inclusion/
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