So while I was in transit on Friday afternoon, the news came: the Alaska Robotics Mini-Con is back on for 2017! School programs! Camping! Probably not getting mauled to death by enormous land predators!
Everybody that went to last year’s confab in/just outside lovely Juneau, Alaska, has relayed a tale of renewal of purpose and energized creative batteries. Alaska Robotics honcho Pat Race has invited a slew of guests for public programs and opened up applications for the really appealing part for the creator community: the camp.
A few dozen creators/aspiring creators/interesting people will get to attend an informal confab in the temperate rainforest, sleeping in cabins, eating s’mores, hanging out with other cool people away from deadlines and internet; the invited guests will be there, and you might as well. I’m filling out an application and hope that I make the cut (given the limited capacity of the camp, I might not; if Race has to choose between accepting me and allowing, say, a Boulet or a Jeff Smith¹, I hope he goes with them and not me).
Now here’s the rub: this isn’t a show weekend to vend and make money (there is a one-day public con component, but the real attraction is the camp); it’ll cost US$600 to attend (including lodging and food), and getting to Juneau will certainly cost more. Look at it as a professional-development opportunity of the first rank, a weekend-long equivalent of Comics Grad School. And if you’re still not convinced, consider that ARM-C has the absolute best code of conduct/harassment policy ever:
Many conventions have harassment policies and we feel like it’s important to approach this event in the spirit of inclusion. We love the many varied groups and fandoms that congregate at comic conventions we’ve attended and we want everyone to feel safe and welcome at our convention. If anyone makes you feel unsafe or goes out of their way to make you feel uncomfortable, let us know. We’ll feed them to the bears. [emphasis mine]
Oh, and if I do get in, I’m planning on bringing my trauma bag, so if they do feed you to the bears, I can probably patch you back up again.
Spam of the day:
Luukkaan evankeliumi, luku 12. “kukaan ei tiedÃ¤, milloin tuomiopÃ¤ivÃ¤ koittaa, ei edes Jeesus itse, vaan yksin Isu;o&qu.t¤mÃtta Jehovat tuntuvat tietÃ¤vÃ¤n, tai aikankin ajankohta on ainakin tarkentunut:).
Google Translate assures me this is a somewhat-garbled extract of the Gospel of Luke, in Finnish. Just in case you were wondering.
¹ I have no idea if they’re applying, I just went with people that it would be insanely cool to learn from.