Have you attended in the past? You have the option of filling out the short form!SHORT FORM: https://goo.gl/forms/rAXPPM08femSJGxn1
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 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. Cell phone service is spotty at best but there is a land line and electricity.
The main focus of the camp is on peer-to-peer presentations and workshops for visual artists and storytellers. In the past, we've had people present works in progress, we've had frank discussions about publishing and even waded into the deep waters of politics, money and self care. We try to keep it fairly casual and woodsy.
We have board games, art supplies, music, campfires and a shared library of comic books that you're welcome to contribute to. 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 a heavy emphasis on comics and visual storytelling but this camp is just as much about creative exploration and expression. We think it's an environment where any working (or aspiring) artist could have quite a bit to take away from the experience.
The camp fee is $650 but we are able to provide substantial fee waivers to those who need a help covering costs.
The fee includes lodging for three nights plus food & drink at the campground. We also provide a bus from downtown Juneau to the campground and if you would like to exhibit at the convention, you will have a half-table available for your use.
Applications are due December 15th, 2018
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 enthusiasms to share.
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.
Thank you,Pat Race & Aaron SuringAlaska Robotics907-586-3440
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.
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.
The irony of inclusion is that it requires a degree of exclusion. We ask that you not bring racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or other toxic perspectives into our space. We will not tolerate harassment of our guests and you may be asked to leave.
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, invigorating experience for all involved.
Thank you to Comics Camp alum Christina Tran for helping us learn more about Inclusion: http://sodelightful.com/comics/inclusion/