The year in indie comics shows isn’t over yet! The Short Run Festival in Seattle kicks off with a library talk tonight and continues with events parties and exhibits on Saturday at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Guests include Melissa Mendes, Chuck Forsman, Jim Woodring and Bruce Bickford. All the deets on the schedule are below, and as always, let us know how it went!




Charles Forsman & Melissa Mendes Artist Talk
6:30 – 8:00 PM
The Seattle Public Library – Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Avenue E.

Join us for an artist talk by our East Coast special guests Charles and Melissa. Each will talk about their work and influences, self-publishing, 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!

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Marathon III: A Short Run Art Show & Pre-Festival Reception
Featuring Jim Woodring
Bruce Bickford
Charles Forsman
Melissa Mendes
Dash Grant winner Krish Raghav
Book signing with Sam Alden for his new graphic novel New Construction (Uncivilized Books)
Music by Lisa Prank
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Gallery and Bookstore, 1201 S Vale Street

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SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival
11:00 – 6:00 PM
Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center

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The spacious Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will overflow with more than 300 artists from across the country. The first 50 attendees through the door at 11:00 AM will receive a FREE swag bag valued at $50, so don’t be late!

In addition to our amazing exhibitors and special guests, we’ll have comics trick-or-treating 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 Past-a 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 self-publishing his ode to action comics, Revenger. Mendes, a Xeric Grant-recipient 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 full-volume 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 mostly-reclusive local animator and outsider artist Bruce Bickford, most-known for his late ’70s collaborations with experimental musician Frank Zappa. His near-hallucinogenic claymation films have inspired generations of animators. Get an exciting first-look 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 300 fellow mid-career and emerging talents including traveling first-timers Box Brown, A.T. Pratt, Robyn Chapman, Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong, and locals Max Clotfelter, Jesse Lortz, Darin Shuler, Wave Books, Chin Music Press, Raychelle Duazo, Josh Simmons, E.T. Russian, and Pat Moriarity.

Short Run Halloween Party with Your Heart Breaks and Mommy Long Legs
7:3010:30 PM
Hilliard’s Brewery & Taproom, 1550 NW 49th Street, Ballard
$5 door, 21+, costumes highly encouraged!
(poster by Lilly Morlock)

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