June 16, 2014

The Trail is a collaborative comic of the Chilkoot Trail created by participants in Skagway, Alaska, on the Chilkoot Trail, and in Whitehorse, Yukon in August 2013. It is a large scale map of the Chilkoot Trail from Skagway to Bennett.

thetrailWe used black markers, white copy paper, scissors, and post-it notes to draw various elements of the Chilkoot Trail including trees, plants, rocks, buildings, animals, stories, people, machines, weather and more. These elements incorporated different time periods of the Chilkoot Trail (pre-historic, pre-contact, Klondike, present-day, the future) as well as different locations (in the air, on the ground, underground).

Screen shot 2014-06-16 at 9.58.06 AM

We then placed the drawings on the larger map with two sided removable tape and rearranged them with other participants drawings. The last stage of the drawing was to add word balloons or sound effects to the various characters along the trail. This created some sort of story or at least portrays some of various voices of the trail. I then scanned all the drawings, added some colour digitally and posted the trail online.