Happy Halloween from Short Run! More to come in the days ahead.
Morty (and by default, Steve Willis) is having a virtual/real world garage sale at a special site. Get over there! (Hat tip to Mr. Werts.)
(Press release) This Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, Short Run Comix & Arts Festival presents their fifth annual showcase of indie comix, zines, art books, small press lit, poetry, animation, and more. The spacious Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will overflow with more than 200 artists from across the country between 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, with comics trickortreating for the kids, innovative animation by Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), mask making, an epic bake sale, and swag bags filled with comics and other surprises.
Jaimee Garbacik will launch The Ghosts of Seattle Pasta collaborative atlas of memories and interactive art installation. The audience will create hybrid texts combining elements of illustration and poetry with Kundiman poets Jane Wong, EJ Koh and Michelle Peñaloza. Fictilis will conduct a creative census and Most Ancient will present a Virtual Reality art and sound experience.
Special guests this year include indie comics couple Charles Forsman and Melissa Mendes, from Massachusetts. Forsman has released two graphic novels with Fantagraphics, 2013’s Celebrated Summer and 2014’s The End of the Fucking World, and is currently selfpublishing his ode to action comics, Revenger. Mendes, a Xeric Grantrecipient and member of the global feminist artists collective Ladydrawers, will present her latest work The Weight, an epic family saga inspired by her late grandfather’s life in rural New York state, spanning from the 1930s onward.
Celebrated Northwest visionary Jim Woodring will unveil his latest creation, Frank in the 3rd Dimension, out this fall from Fantagraphics Books, Inc. For the first time ever, you can enter Woodring’s hypnotic drawings through 32 pages of fullvolume 3D visual vignettes. Short Run will bring Woodring’s world to Seattle Center with a 3D screening of the book. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to meet the mostlyreclusive local animator and outsider artist Bruce Bickford, most known for his late ’70s collaborations with experimental musician Frank Zappa. His nearhallucinogenic claymation films have inspired generations of animators. Get an exciting firstlook at pages from his now colossal graphic novel tome Vampire Picnic, or sneak a peek at his newest film Cas’l in our animation tent.
These special guests will feature their work alongside 200 fellow midcareer and emerging talents including traveling firsttimers Box Brown, A.T. Pratt, Robyn Chapman, Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong, Georgia Webber, and locals Max Clotfelter, Jesse Lortz, Darin Shuler, Wave Books, Chin Music Press, Raychelle Duazo, Josh Simmons, E.T. Russian, and Pat Moriarity.
After the festival concludes, join us at Hilliard’s in Ballard for our afterparty! Costumes are highly encouraged and prepare to dance along with indie rock storytellers Your Heart Breaks and punk quartet Mommy Long Legs! The photo booth will feature a troupe of bizarre papiermâché monsters by Good Neighbor Gallery. Tasty Vibes food truck will be out front to satiate your munchies with their amazing burgers and sandwiches. We’ll have a silent auction that showcases screaming deals on original art, prints, local artisanal treats, yoga sessions, hairdoing, and hotel stays!
This Halloween extravaganza will conclude a monthlong arts celebration around Seattle, including art shows at Joe Bar and the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, artists’ talk at the Capitol Hill Library, and a comix documentary screening at the Northwest Film Forum.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
Local Sightings Film Festival
Bezango, WA:Northwest Comix Documentary Screening and Comix Fair in lobby
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.
(Film Forum Members $6, General Admission $11, Student, Senior, Child $8) 6:00 PM Comix Fair; 8:00 PM Screening
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8th
Otherworld: A Comic Art Show
Featuring: Bjorn Miner, Krystal DiFronzo, Keenan Marshall Keller, Alisha Davidson, Hellen Jo, and Darin Shuler
During Capitol Hill Art Walk
Joe Bar Gallery, 810 E Roy St.
6:00 – 9:00 PM, FREE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28th
Charles Forsman & Melissa Mendes Artist Talk
7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Seattle Public LibraryCapitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E. FREE
An artist talk by our East Coast special guests Charles and Melissa. Each will talk about their work and influences, selfpublishing, pushing through mental troubles, printing comics on the cheap, and organizing Oily Comics publishing company and subscription service. This talk will be very informative for artists and readers alike!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th
Marathon III: A Short Run Art Show & PreFestival Reception featuring artwork by Jim Woodring, Bruce Bickford, Charles Forsman, Melissa Mendes, and Dash Grant winner Krish Raghav. Book signing of Sam Alden’s new graphic novel “New Construction”. Music by Lisa Prank!
Fantagraphics Gallery and Bookstore, 1201 S Vale St. 6:00 – 9:00 PM, FREE
On display through December 9th, 2015
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st
SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival
Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
11:00 – 6:00 PM, FREE
The first 50 attendees through the door at 11:00 AM will receive a FREE swag bag valued at $50.
Short Run Halloween Party with Your Heart Breaks and Mommy Long Legs
7:30 – 10:30 PM
Hilliard’s Brewery & Taproom 1550 NW 49th St, Ballard
$5, 21+, Costumes encouraged!