We will publish a floor map shortly before the convention. This list will continue to update as more exhibitors are confirmed for the 2018 Alaska Robotics Mini-Con.
The main convention floor is open Saturday, April 28nd from 10am-5pm at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Parallel events are taking place throughout the day around downtown.
Alaska Robotics will host book signings by convention guests on the main floor at the JACC.
Alaska Grafix is an independent graphic design business that offers freelance custom web design and onscreen cinema advertising at the movie theatres in Juneau, Sitka & Ketchikan. Owner Bud Curtis, an avid comic book collector, also offers many original bagged & boarded, vintage & new comic book titles for sale.”
Alisa is an animator, storyboard artist and designer for the educational website BrainPOP. Her self-published comics include stories about living in NYC after art school (Urban Nomad), vegetarian recipes (Cooking Up Comics) and vignettes of her two unruly cats (The Collected Counter Attack!). She enjoys hanging out with her cat, traveling with her husband, backyard gardening, hiking and seeing live music.
Andy is the creator of the Eisner Award winning series of graphic novels, Owly, featuring a kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventure. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Andy’s work showcases both his gift for characterization and his love of birds, animals, and the outdoors. His animated and heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.
Ben Hatke 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.
Brittany Long Olsen
Brittany Long Olsen is a cartoonist and illustrator. In 2008, she started drawing one comic every day as her way of journal keeping, and she hasn’t missed a day since. Her debut graphic novel, “DENDO: One Year and One Half in Tokyo,” won the 2015 AML Comic award. Her other published works include the children’s book “D Is For Dragon” and the webcomic “Magic in the Valley.”
Christina makes tender, autobio comics and essays that imagine and call us toward a more compassionate world. She has been making webcomics since 2014 and self-publishing zines since 2015. Her artmaking is influenced by her background in design, teaching, and community work.
Colleen Frakes is a Xeric and Ignatz award winning cartoonist living in Seattle. She’ll be bringing her all-ages graphic novel “Prison Island” to Juneau, as well as her series “Iron Scars”, which was nominated for the 2016 DINKy Award for “Best Mini Comic”.
Color Wheel Arts
CWA is located in Douglas Alaska and offers classes in paper arts, fiber arts, visual arts, and jewelry making for kids and adults. CWA offers a free still life drawing session every Saturday from 9am-noon (except closed for Mini-con on April 28th) For more information about classes or if you want to teach a class contact Sherri McDonald at email@example.com or 907-209-7173.
Dylan Meconis is a writer, cartoonist and designer from Portland, Oregon.
Her books include Bite Me!, Family Man, Outfoxed, and the forthcoming Queen of the Sea. Her work has also appeared in Bitch Planet, The Nib, Feminist Frequency, and more. She studied history and literature in college (not art!) and likes to create work that challenges our ideas about the lives of extremely dead people.
Dylan has also helped a lot of organizations turn piles of complicated information into cool maps, infographics, and comics. She loves teaching and public speaking, where she focuses on introducing people to unusual new perspectives and tools for creative thinking.
She’s also a member of Helioscope, the largest studio of comics professionals in North America.
Emerald Comics Distro
Anne Bean will be bringing her own as well as other artists she distributes to town.
Eric is a local college student and long-time artist. He started drawing in gradeschool and early on decided he wanted to make a career out of his artwork. Over the years, he’s crafted his artwork into a hobby full of sketches and chibis, deciding instead on becoming an accountant for his career. He’s selling his fan art stickers from a small selection of series he has a passion for, including the Legend of Zelda and Death Note, and will also have inexpensive $5 on-site sketch commissions available. Eric is a cosplayer, too, so you may see him all dolled up in a costume at the convention. Look out for that!
FeatherCap Forge is father-son-daughter business that specializes in making custom blades. All of our products are hand forged and heat-treated at our shop in Juneau. Stop by our booth to visit with Steve, Finn, and Maisy Morley and to check out the tools we’ve made for the kitchen, the woodshed, the hunt, the apocalypse, and the Mini-Con.
Geneva is a cartoonist and illustrator telling stories with markers, pen, and watercolour, often about travel, plants and animals, or the spooky and strange. They will have some handmade patches, cat paintings, pins, and maybe a small zine or two.
Haley Boros is a Vancouver illustrator, cartoonist, and designer. She often works with ink, acrylic paints, markers, watercolours, and Photoshop to create wonderfully cute and whimsical illustrations of botanicals, animals, and people. She will have zines, a comic anthology, cute prints, and comics featuring her three legged dog Rusty!
Juneau’s Imagination Station
Juneau’s Imagination Station is Juneau’s neighborhood toy store. We’ll be bringing unique and fun personality to our booth with funky hats, accessories, art supplies, games and more great toys for the whole family!
Jarad is a cartoonist originally from Lutz, FL. He recently earned his MFA at The Center for Cartoon Studies, where he currently works as their Administrative and Development Coordinator. Jarad makes fantasy, adventure, and memoir comics for kids and young adults. Last Fall, Jarad’s mini-comic, Memories of a Former Porcelain Doll, was one of six new works awarded a mini-grant by the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo.
Jessica is a comic artist and illustrator who has work appearing multiple anthologies. Stop by her table to grab prints, stickers, a mini comic, or copies of Dates! 2: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction.
Jon Klassen is a Canadian-born author/illustrator. He has written and illustrated three picture books of his own and illustrated many other author’s texts. His own books are called I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat and We Found A Hat. Highlights of his illustrated books are Sam & Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett, The Dark by Lemony Snicket and his latest is The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse also by Mac Barnett. His books have won a Caldecott medal and two Caldecott honors and other international awards.
Before working in books he studied animation at Sheridan College in Canada and worked at Dreamworks Feature studios in storyboarding and production illustration for films including How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda, and at Laika Studios as a production illustrator / set designer on their film Coraline.
He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and pretty new son.
Kara is an artist, writer, and designer who has published comics in many magazines, anthologies, and books. Her work explores queerness, history, and the complex relationships humans have to the land and each other. She is a member of the Graphic History Collective and is currently working on a graphic novel. She lives in Daajing Giids/Queen Charlotte, Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off the north coast of British Columbia, as a settler on Haida territory. She will be selling prints, accordion-folded comics, and posters.
I’m a senior at JDHS and will be going off to art college this summer. I like to paint and draw in a pop art style. I’ve been hoping to start a web-comic and many of the items I’ll have will be of those characters! I plan on selling stickers, buttons, and hopefully prints!
Kerstin A. La Cross
Kerstin is a maker of adventure comics and illustrations based on their experiences backpacking the wilderness of the Pacific Crest Trail, Oregon Coast Trail, and others. They also make diary comics about working retail, mental illness, and day-to-day awkward adventures. Kerstin was born in Michigan, currently lives in the Pacific-Northwest, and is the human companion to five cats, a dog with a mohawk, and two other very interesting human-like-persons. They will be selling comics, zines, art prints, stickers, and buttons at the mini-con. You can find Kerstin’s work on Twitter @kerstinlacross
I’ll have some sketchbooks and prints of artwork, as well as, some of my toy photography.
Lee is an illustrator, art educator, and graphic notetaker from Anchorage, Alaska. He’ll be bringing fistfuls of his delightful, wimsical stickers and prints, including the world premiere of his newest sticker set, “A Pack of Grumps”, stickers for folks who’d rather you left them alone. Pick up his other new sticker, “What’s Going Right?” if you’re in a sunnier mood. He’ll also be making rediculous name badges throughout the day. Grab one for free and introduce everyone at the mini-con to the new improved you.
Lonnie makes mostly autobiographical comics about his experiences going places, doing things, and eating stuff. His latest book is called Thoughts From Iceland, and it’s a travelogue comic about a couple trips he took to – surprise – Iceland! He’ll also have related pins, stickers, and art prints at his table.
Lucas is the Alaskan Illustrator of the Graphic Novel & Movie, MOOSE, written by Chad (Tundra Comics) and Darin Carpenter as well as the new comic: Battlestar
Lucas illustrates outstanding mermen and 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.
Adventure Cartoonist Lucy Bellwood will be back in Juneau with her brand new book 100 Demon Dialogues, which offers a humorous and heartfelt look at living with a vocal inner critic and trying to overcome imposter syndrome. Lucy will also have FREE copies of her comic from an oceanographic research expedition last year! Stop by for nautical treats, new tales of the high seas, and lots of high fives.
Maarta spends her days and nights as a comic colorist, where her work includes Boom! Studio’s Lumberjanes, and Adventure Time; Oni Press’s The Mighty Zodiac; and the graphic novel adaptation of the Wings of Fire series from Scholastic. When she’s not doing that, she can be found hoarding houseplants and talking to her cat.
Matthew is a cartoonist who draws slice of life comics, which also often include rocket ships, jet packs, and BBS. He’s currently publishing a print and web series about 90s teens making life threatening decisions over the early internet, titled “Incredible Doom.”
Micaela is an artist and graphic designer living and working in Juneau, Alaska, where she was also raised. Her childhood was spent in the forests and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska and her artistic style is rooted in the depth and beauty of its landscapes. She’ll be selling a variety of art prints as well as three picture books she illustrated for Sealaska Heritage Institute last year, including Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy, which was recently awarded the American Indian Library Association’s 2018 Best Picture Book award.
is the author of the Eisner nominated Science Comics: Dinosaurs, a comic history of paleontology from the 1800s to the present that examines how our ideas about dinosaurs have changed over time. Her first young adult graphic novel, Americus, is about a high school freshman trying to save his favorite fantasy books from being banned from the town library. The Cute Girl Network is a romantic comedy about the havok one guy’s exgirlfriends unleash on his fledgling relationship.
Molly has been many things in her life: a preschool teacher, a masters student, an independent bookseller, a librarian in training, and an editor and comics writer. The (unintentional) connection? Never be something that makes a ton of money. Her current projects include a story in the forthcoming Cardboard Kingdom from Knopf, and the graphic novel Dead Weight from Oni Press, which she co-wrote.
Molly is the author and illustrator of The Witch Boy from Scholastic, as well as the illustrator of Strong Female Protagonist (Top Shelf) and Shattered Warrior (First Second). She also works on Star Vs. The Forces of Evil at Disney TV Animation. She lives in Los Angeles with her girlfriend, two cats, and an old man who was turned into a dog by a witch.
I am the writer and illustrator for an online comic called “The Pinnacle Of Decency” that is posted on the WEBTOON app and website. I’ll be selling prints and stickers.
The Pinnacle of Decency
I’ve been in Juneau almost 20 years and I started collecting Daisy BB guns about three years ago. Then I discovered Daisy, Buck Rogers Ray guns. I stumbled upon steam punk Ray guns and decided to start making those for fun. Then after I got quite a few I decided maybe I should open up a market and try to sell some.
Patrick gets just as excited about sad things as he does about happy things (imagine a Golden Retriever raised by cats). His comics are teen and all-ages stories about our relationships with each other and the ups and downs of a wild world. Sci-fi, fantasy, and sometimes ghosts.
Platypus Gaming is a local organization that loves to bring the joy of board gaming, war gaming, and role playing games to Juneau. Come and join us at mini-con to learn and play some of our favorite selections from our library! As well as some fun game playing at this event we run quarterly events at the public libraries and most importantly make sure to join us at Platypus-Con in January for a full weekend of gaming with access to our full 1,600+ game library!
Raina 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.
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.
Scott C. is a maker of paintings, illustrations, comics, kid’s books and video games. He studied illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, focusing on comic and children’s book illustration. Soon after graduating, he began at Lucas Learning as concept artist on children’s video games. Four years later, he joined Double Fine productions as Art Director on such games as the critically acclaimed Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. Alongside this career in games, he has published numerous comics and created paintings that have appeared in galleries and publications around the world. Some of his most notable projects include the Great Showdowns series, Igloo Head and Tree Head series, Double Fine Action Comics, Hickee Comics, the children’s book’s Zombie In Love and East Dragon, West Dragon. The book Amazing Everything: The Art of Scott C. collects many of his paintings over the past few years. Scott lives in New York City.
Shing Yin Khor
Shing is a cartoonist and installation artist, writing comics about having feelings and building things. She’ll have a bunch of comics and zines, mostly about feelings and building things, and lots of paintings of anxious otherworld beasts.
Sweet Song Chocolates
We are a family run business rooted in the community of Juneau, Alaska. We use high-quality American mad couverture chocolate and feature artisan ganache bonbons infused with the flavors of southeast Alaska.
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. Yay Tony! Tony hails from Vancouver, BC, where he is a twelve-year veteran of the city’s animation industry.
University of Alaska Southeast
Spike will be making an appearance at the 2018 Alaska Robotics Mini-Con and is looking for artists who can make a whale look good!
Vera was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She studied animation at Sheridan College, and spent ten years at Laika Inc. in Portland, Oregon drawing storyboards for feature animation. Now she makes books. 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 and was a Caldecott Honor recipient.
Vera’s latest graphic novel, Be Prepared, will debut at our convention this spring!
Wondermark is a comic strip made entirely out of illustrations from 19th-century books — so it’s both a silly comic strip AND a COLLABORATION WITH THE DEAD. Author David Malki ! will be signing Wondermark book collections, and will also be offering many other delightful artifacts designed for folks who are a little bit weird.