Short Run Seattle

Short Run 2015
Short Run Comix and Arts Festival 2015

(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 C​harles Forsman​ and M​elissa 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 J​im 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 B​ruce 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.

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

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

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!

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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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!

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(Shhhhhh: White underprint to punch up the orange on top.)