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Rachel Nabors
Works at Tin Magpie
Lives in Portland, OR
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Just give me a quiver full of pens and a paper sword, and I can illustrate my own battles.
Award-winning cartoonist turned entrepreneur/animation junkie. At my company, Tin Magpie, all I do every day is tell stories with code and pixels or get on a plane to show other people how to do the same.

I host the web animation screencast Infinite Canvas.

I used to raise chickens and live on a mountain when I was growing up. Life changes fast!
Bragging rights
Won the 2007 Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Award for Best New Talent in the comics industry
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Portland, OR
Harrisburg, PA - Martinsville, VA
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interaction designer, front-end developer, and recovering cartoonist
CSS, JS, HTML5 game + interaction design, comics
  • Tin Magpie
    Owner + Chief Storyteller, 2014 - present
    Started my own little company so I could focus just on doing what I love: telling stories with code and pixels. Everything from interactive comics to adventure games!
  • Ruzuku
    Front-end Developer and UI Engineer, 2012 - 2013
    Lead front-end developer and UI designer.
  • Smashing Boxes
    Front-end Developer, 2011 - 2012
    Lead front-end developer
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March 9
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Rachel the Great


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Trailer for 'Here's the Plan' shows indie cinematography merged with modern animation techniques. Animated in Chile.
Fernanda Frick, who worked on the Oscar-winning Chilean short 'A Bear Story,' has completed an ambitious short of her own.
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Deconstruction of a beautiful animation technique:
When I first saw this animation, I was in awe. Never seen anything like it, beautiful and unique! The original author is Terebus Volodymyr. You can find the original work here. I immediately wanted to know how it worked, but the code was hard to read. Instead of leaving it at that, I annotated the whole ...
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My friend Meri wrote about how we should focus on building on our strengths rathern than bolstering our weaknesses. Sounds like building out a special sweeper Pokemon: don't keep banking EVs in Attack.
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Well so this is not an either/or type of thing. I've had success working to be sure to understand my weaknesses (never an easy thing of course!) and to at least build them up enough, and to find others around me that can fill in, that they do not hold our work back.
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My theme for 2016 was "Gardening over Gatekeeping." Looking for my 2017 theme still. What's yours?
Gatekeeping a community can have unintended harmful side effects. This year, I want to focus more on gardening.
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Infinite Canvas 6: Vestibular Disorders and Accessible Animation remains on of my favorite screencasts.
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DDT is still killing birds in Michigan. It was left behind in the dirt for 40 years. This is why we have the EPA.
DDT was banned in the United States more than 40 years ago, but it's still killing birds in a town in Michigan
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“The jobs being created are very different than the jobs being eliminated.”
When men take so-called pink-collar jobs, they have more job security but they also feel stigmatized.
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Animated film 'Beast of Burden' "An endangered creature called a thoriphant discovers a life-altering secret about his species: thoriphants weren’t always four-footed beasts, but once walked upright and had hands. What caused this devolution?" I hope it is laced with social commentary. No, saturated!
While working on his short film "Mutt" in 1999, television writer/animation director Kirby Atkins ("3-2-1 Penguins," "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius") conceived of a new idea about anthropomorphized cartoon animals. Over time, that idea evolved into the concept for his new feature "Beast of Burden," which is currently in development at Huhu Studios in New Zealand.
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There are only two tea cafes in downtown Portland that I rush to as soon as I get out of town, and this is one of them. The selection of tea is small, but the quality of the tea itself is perfect. This is the closest Portland has to a real Japanese tea house experience, and it's updated for modern convenience. Here you will find a solid wifi connection, numerous power outlets, big windows, and modern twists on traditional fare (matcha milkshake, anyone?). But it's the elegant, traditional touches that make this place come to life: handmade matcha bowls, fresh flowers on every table, kimono-clad tea servers, wooden chairs, a long wooden table for communal gathering, traditional matcha prepared on request in an express version of the tea ceremony. This is a quiet place where the patrons and staff are always in a good mood. No shady individuals lurking here all day. No haughty waitstaff eager for you to get out. No crowding or jostling for a place to sit. This place is the opposite of all those things: a clear, bright, cheerful place full of caffeine and nibbles, laughter and books, stories and Japanese conversations. When I have a big project I need to focus on, I come here and open up a tab.
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Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Red Robe serves a small but select variety of traditional Chinese tea and tea snacks. Great quiet atmosphere and wifi make this an ideal location for some hardcore coding or a meetup. Very friendly service. It was a joy to relax with a cuppa on a long day :)
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
This tea retailer is set off to the side in a quiet area. There's no place to sit and sip because the store is a sort of retail outlet for a tea distributer. However, they will make you a cup of any of their teas to taste test for free! All their teas are showcased in an interactive "tea island" where you can sniff and see the leaves for yourself. Everything is labeled meticulously and the shop is in perfect order. In addition to tea, they also sell tea accessories as well as books and handmade teacups by local creators. I advise you to stop in, try a bunch of teas, buy a variety in one ounce packages, and take them all home with one of their catalogs so you can order in bulk when you've settled on your favorites.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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This "tea bar" is in a caboose! Out back it has a charming water garden. Inside it has comfortable seating, wifi, and very tasty soups that satisfy if you're up for something a bit heavier than tea.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
Sylvan Heights rocks! At most zoos, you're kept 10 feet away from the animals and prohibited from feeding or touching them. Not so at Sylvan Heights! You're allowed to walk into several large aviaries where you are encouraged to feed the birds with little packets of (affordable) nibbles from the main building. The birds are clean and happy (I should know! I raised exotics once upon a time). The larger ones are quite inquisitive and personable. My husband ended up in a staring contest with the world's largest species of pigeon! The place is very child- and handicap-friendly. I cannot recommend it enough for family outings, photography/watercolor fieldtrips, or a first date!
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Public - 5 years ago
reviewed 5 years ago