Laika animation artists in town this weekend

An image from "ParaNorman," a Laika production.

Artists from Laika, an award-winning animation studio based in Portland, Ore., will be in town this weekend to give a public presentation and a workshop on their craft. Laika’s work includes the stop-motion animation films “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” both nominated for Oscars.

On Friday, May 10, the Alaska Robotics Gallery on Front Street will host a “Fancy Hat Reception” for Laika story artist Vera Brosgol, author of Anya’s Ghost. (Wear a fancy hat!)

Later that night, artists Georgina Hayns, Jeremy Spake and Brosgol will give a public presentation at the downtown library beginning at 7:30 p.m. They’ll talk about storytelling and puppetmaking.

On Saturday, Hayns and Spake will lead a workshop at the Douglas Library from 1-5 p.m. The workshop will teach participants how to get started in puppet making and animation; space is limited. Hayns is head of puppets at Laika and Spake is head of armatures (the metal skeletons that underlay puppets). The workshop is open to those ages 12 and up; to register, email Carol at There is a $10 (or pay-as-you-can) materials donation.

These events are co-sponsored by Friends of the Library and Alaska Robotics.


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