We will publish a floor map soon and this list will continue to update as more exhibitors are confirmed for the 2017 Alaska Robotics Mini-Con.
The main convention floor is open Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-5pm at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Parallel events are taking place throughout the day at the Juneau Public Library, KTOO, Zach Gordon and the Gold Town Nickelodeon.
Alaska Robotics will host book signings by convention guests on the main floor at the JACC and feature a small selection of work from the gallery.
Alex Bates will feature books artwork from his webcomic The Clockwork Queen of OZ and tabletop wargaming miniatures.
Ben Hatke’s wrote and illustrated Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He has also published comics stories in the Flight Anthology as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
Make your own costume or get your face painted!
Carson Ellis is the illustrator of a number of books for kids, including the New York Times bestsellers Home (which she also wrote), The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy (who happens to be her husband). Her latest picture book, Du Iz Tak? was published by Candlewick in 2016. She has worked as an illustrator for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Poetry magazine, among others. She is also the illustrator-in-residence for The Decemberists and received a Grammy nomination in 2016 for her design work on the LP What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
Carson lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, her two sons, one cat, two llamas, two goats, one sheep, eleven chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs.
Cassie Anderson became a freelance comic artist after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She launched a webcomic called An Ordinary Princess and contributed to two anthologies, Transitions – edited by Marissa Mozek – and After Midnight – edited by Jennifer Wu. Along the way, she has created a series of journal comics based on whatever she’s up to at the time, including camping, running, and being a barista. Her first full-length graphic novel will be published by Dark Horse Comics in September of this year.
She also draws stoats doing yoga.
James is a cartoonist/illustrator/graphic artist and will be selling T-shirts/stickers/magnets/prints.
Dylan studied history and literature at Wesleyan University, graduating with Honors from the College of Letters in 2005. Her career as a professional comics artist began in college with the online publication of her first book, Bite Me!.
After graduation she spent two years as a visual communications consultant and designer before embarking on a full-time freelance and publishing career, beginning with online serialization and print publication of the first volume of her graphic novel Family Man.
Dylan is a member of Periscope Studio, the largest studio of freelance comics professionals in North America. In 2012 her short story Outfoxed was nominated for an Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic, and in 2014 Family Man was nominated for a Reuben Award in the category of Best Digital Comic – Longform.
Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School Art Students
Come support the future of comics in Juneau!
Eric will have stickers and possibly prints of his artwork.
Steve and his son (age 13) forge knives and other tools. They are planning to have small to big belt knives available to sell, and maybe a tomahawk or two.
Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries
The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries is a non-profit organization that assists the library with special projects including this one!
Stop by to say thank you and consider getting a membership.
Books and so much more!
James “Avery” Peregrine
Avery (ey-vuh-ree), noun.
1. A bookseller in Seattle; 2. Easily identifiable by his colored hair; 3. Wants to pet your dogs.
Jason Caffoe graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in sequential art. After working as a freelance artist he moved to Los Angeles to work with Kazu Kibuishi full-time as a collaborating artist on the Amulet series. He has also contributed to Explorer: The Lost Islands and Explorer: The Hidden Doors.
Much of Jordan’s photography and painting is inspired by his experiences growing up in Juneau, mixed with lowbrow art and skateboard culture.
Juneau Community Charter School
For two semesters, middle school students at Juneau Community Charter School have been creating their own zines and comics. They have packs of mini zines, larger comics, and stickers to share with Juneau! Proceeds from any booth sales will go towards funding future arts programming at the middle school.
Juneau Public Libraries
The Library will have graphic novels of all kinds available to check out right from the con! So don’t forget your library card!
Juneau’s Imagination Station
The Imagination Station is bringing all sorts of fun things to play with. Bring your (inner or actual) child by!
Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist from Nova Scotia. Her comics have appeared in the New Yorker, the Guardian, Harpers, the National Post, and The Best American Comics anthology. She is the author of the bestselling comic collections Hark, A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops, as well as the picture books The Princess and The Pony and King Baby from Scholastic.
Kate’s comics have earned her multiple Harvey awards, an Ignatz and the Doug Wright Award for Canadian cartooning. Hark! A Vagrant was named by Time magazine as one of the top ten fiction books of the year also topped the New York Times Graphic Novels Bestseller list.
Katie Shanahan is an animation storyboard artist and comic maker from Toronto, Canada. Collaborating frequently with her brother/writer Steven (Shaggy), she’s drawn comics for the internet including the Shuster nominated Silly Kingdom series, and her auto-bio-ish gag strip Shrub Monkeys. She’s also contributed short stories to many anthologies including Flight and Explorer.
Kazu Kibuishi is the author and illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series, published by Scholastic Graphix. He is also the cover artist of the Harry Potter 15th anniversary edition paperbacks and served as editor and art director of the Flight and Explorer comic anthologies. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award, and his popular webcomic Copper is also published by Scholastic Graphix.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Film Studies degree in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After working on movies, commercials, and video games for several years, he began to produce graphic novels full time. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife Amy, and their children, Juni and Sophie.
Kindred Post! They will bring Christy’s ever popular Growing Upword print series and so much more!
Art prints, sketches, and decorative crafts. Creativity unleashed!
Georgina Hayns and Jeremy Spake are back this year. Their booth was insanely popular last year as they gave demonstrations with the puppets behind the movies Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, and Coraline.
Let me know if you get any good hints about their next film!
Light Forge Media
Free photography for Cosplayers and more! Visit their website for photos from last year’s event!
Lucas Elliott is the Alaskan Illustrator of the Graphic Novel & Movie, MOOSE, written by Chad (Tundra Comics) and Darin Carpenter.
Lucas has worked for IDW on their TMNT Amazing Adventures comic, Blind Ferret Entertainment, The Gutters and Non-Playable Character.
Originally hailing from the far north land of Santa, North Pole, Lucas currently resides in Anchorage, with his wife and their canine companion.
Lucy Bellwood is a professional adventure cartoonist best known for her book Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea. Lucy specializes in traveling the world and bringing back tales of unconventional derring-do in visual form. She has covered two accounts of whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon, sailing aboard the last wooden whaling ship in the world, and mapping the ocean floor between Guam and Oahu aboard the research vessel Falkor.
Lucy also contributes comics journalism to The Nib, investigating issues of environmentalism, gender politics, and social change. She is an international teacher, lecturing on comics and the Internet, the economics of being a independent creator, and best practices for bringing history to life in modern classrooms.
She lives in Portland, Oregon and works out of Helioscope, the largest collection of freelance comics professionals in North America.
Maarta Laiho spends her days and nights as a freelance artist and comic colorist, where her work includes The Mighty Zodiac, Lumberjanes, and Adventure Time. When she’s not doing that, she can be found hoarding houseplants and talking to her cat (who quite frequently talks back). She currently lives as hermit in the woods of Maine.
Michael is a comic artist and animator. He was born in Utah, grew up in Florida, and is now back in Utah but expecting to die in Florida because that’s a good place to go when you are old and thinking about dying.
Nidhi is an illustrator and graphic novelist. Her debut book, Pashmina, comes out in October with First Second books. She has been creating art professionally for 6 years and loving comics her entire life.
Erika is launching her new hand-printed, hand-painted series of prints called Nomad Stories. A collection of words and images that capture experiences of culture shock, travel, and emigration.
The folks who bring you Platypus Con and bring a selection of board games for you to play!
Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies.
Raina’s accolades include two Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Her newest graphic novel is Ghosts. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Rebecca is a comic book artist and illustrator who lives in Brooklyn NY. Her work includes the two book series Four Points, written by Hope Larson. Compass South was published in 2016 and was featured on the NY Times Bestsellers list last summer. The sequel Knife’s Edge will be released in summer 2017.
She also works on her own self-published comics, one of which is set in an arctic landscape inspired by Alaskan wilderness.
Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. He is the author of the choose-your-own-path Shakespeare adaptation To Be or Not To Be (which became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched) and its sequel, Romeo and/or Juliet.
Ryan also writes the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics, the critically acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic for Marvel Comics, and he wrote the first thirty-five issues of Adventure Time, for which he won an Eisner Award. That’s like the Oscars of comics! There’s a gala and everything. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.
Save the Bees Worx
Allyson has been drawing comics for a decade and puppeteering for half that time. She has performed at the National Puppet Slam, DragonCon & the Chicago Humanities Festival. She also publishes an annual zine called Save the Bees Worx.
Lack of diversity in the comic book scene is a serious problem, and Allyson strives to show people the caliber of work a Latina feminist is capable of generating.
Scott Chantler is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novel TWO GENERALS, which was nominated for two Eisner Awards, named one of Chapters-Indigo’s Best Books of 2010, selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2012, and named by the CBC as one of the 40 best Canadian non-fiction books of all time. His other work includes NORTHWEST PASSAGE (nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards) and the THREE THIEVES series (winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Best Comic for Kids and listed by YALSA as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens). He recently served as the writer-in-residence at the University of Windsor, the first cartoonist so appointed by a Canadian university.
The empire demanded a table, and we meekly complied. Premiere cosplayers will be recruiting and handing out cool give aways!
Canvas artists will be showing their images printed on lunchboxes, wrapping paper, scarves, art cards and more!
Thilie Christine and Adam Nelson
Illustrations from local artists.
Tony Cliff is the author and illustrator of the generally well-regarded Delilah Dirk series of adventure graphic novels, the first of which, The Turkish Lieutenant, is a New York Times Bestseller and a nominee for Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster awards. The second volume, The King’s Shilling, was published in 2016 and Disney has acquired the feature film rights for the series.
Tony hails from Vancouver, BC, where he is a twelve-year veteran of the city’s animation industry.
Will is coming back again this year and will have his brand-new Warren the 13th, Book #2 (and #1 too, of course)! He’ll also have some other prints and goodies.
Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She received a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College, and currently works at Laika Inc. in Portland, Oregon drawing storyboards for feature animation.
She has done illustration work for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Simon & Schuster. Her first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second Books. Her first picture book, Leave Me Alone!, was published in 2016 by Roaring Brook Press.
She loves knitting, baking, and trying not to kill her plants.
Zaynab will have art prints and paintings of contemporary Tlingit watercolors and more.