Short Run Brings International Comics to Seattle

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image-7-630x472“Sammiches” is a new anthology featuring drawings of giant cartoon sandwiches by 51 international artists.

This month, the Short Run small press festival is celebrating its third year. The zine, comics and animation festival is hosting all-day events November 29th and 30th. This year’s festival features more international artists than ever before.

London, UK artist Sam Bell is traveling the farthest to be at Short Run this year. We expect his psychedelic comic book, The Reach of the Mind, to be a big hit with the audience. Find Sam at table G-32.

Last year's Short Run Small Press Fest. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Last year’s Short Run Small Press Fest. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Returning for a second year is the Sidney, BC artist Jean Gaudin whose books have delicate line work and hand-cut elements — his work is impossible to find online, so unless you write him a letter, you can only see it at Short Run: Table K-47.

Star Gods Press is heading south from Vancouver, BC with thier newly published anthology, Sammiches: a collection of 51 international artists’ interpretations of the much-loved icon — the giant cartoon sandwich. Find it at table J-41.

On Saturday November 30th, Short Run is presenting “The World of Comics Travel Slideshow” at Washington Hall in the Central District, featuring comics from all over the world:

  • Professor Leonard Rifas will share some of the comics he has found on his excursions to Mexico, Chile, Israel, Australia and throughout Asia.
  • Local cartoonist Jason T. Miles will discuss his passion for South African Bitterkomix and French punk comics from the ‘70s.
  • Local cartoonists David Lasky and Pat Moriarity will be sharing slides and stories from their recent trips to Belgrade, Serbia for Novo Doba Comics Festival, and to St. Petersburg, Russia for Boomfest International Comics Festival. (Of which Lasky notes: “I gave slide talks and workshops, and met a lot of talented young people who are interested in comics. Most of them were young women! Manga is as influential in Russia as it is elsewhere in the world, and I predict there will be a wave of great graphic novels by Russian women in the next 5 to 10 years.”)

The World Comics Travel slideshow was inspired by Fantagraphics co-founder Kim Thompson, who championed European comics, curating titles to publish, and for the most part, translating them himself for the English-speaking audience. Thanks to his tireless efforts, comics artists like Jason, Jacques Tardi, and Ulli Lust found fans here in America. Kim Thompson passed away, much too young, from Cancer earlier this year.

Go to Short Run:

Artists at Short Run 2012. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Artists at Short Run 2012. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Short Run presents Read/Write, a two-day series dedicated to encouraging community and conversation across both sides of the page on November 29th at The Vera Project and November 30th at Washington Hall. November 30th features a small press book fair featuring over 120 artists and writers. The day is jam-packed with performances, animation, readings, and conversations including The World of Comics Travel Slideshow (2:50pm Saturday 11/30 at Washington Hall). Entry to both days is free.

Explore the world of comics at historic Washington Hall in the Central District on Saturday, November 30th from 11 AM to 6 PM for a celebration of small press here in Seattle and beyond! For our hour-by-hour schedule of Read/Write and Short Run Small Press Festival, go here: www.shortrun.org/schedule

The Seattle Globalist is proud to be an official sponsor of Short Run Small Press Fest (Globalist staff will be running the bake sale Sat. Nov. 30th!) and of the 2013 Comics Prom. Short Run was an official sponsor of the 2013 Globie Awards. Globalist co-founder Sarah Stuteville is on Short Run’s board of directors. Short Run co-founder Eroyn Franklin is on The Seattle Globalist’s board of directors and has produced content for the Seattle Globalist.

Janice Headley is one of the co-organizers of Short Run Small Press Fest. She has been in the comics industry since 2007, and currently helps with Events Promotion at Fantagraphics Books. She also works at Seattle non-profit radio station, KEXP 90.3 FM. She started the zine copacetic in 1996, and is also a writer/webmaster for the zine Chickfactor. In 2000, Janice launched one of the first handmade goods sites on the web, copacetique, which carried crafts, zines, and artwork from 100 designers across the world. She likes thrift shopping, cats, and cookies.

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