As I mentioned earlier this week, navigating the tables at the Short Run Festival can be a little challenging. There's lots of colorful comics shouting for your attention. One of the ways you can make life easier for yourself is by walking into the Fisher Pavillon with a shopping list.
Below is a list of tables/exhibitors/artists/publishers I plan to pay special attention to on my first go-round. When I do a second loop, I'll follow my bliss and pick up stuff I didn't see on this list.
• ZAPP—America's, and maybe the world’s, largest 'zine archive—is based right here in Seattle. Go check it out.
• Yeti Press publishes a couple gems. Check out SuperCakes by Kat Leyh.
• Michelle Peñaloza produced landscape/heartbreak, a chapbook of poems that literally map points of personal trauma onto Seattle. She'll be selling her chapbook at Short Run.
• Mita Mahato cuts up paper with a scalpel and creates dark, contemplative, but still kinda funny books. Check out her newest effort, "Sea."
• Levi Hastings does striking watercolor illustrations, comics, and art. Full disclosure: He's done freelance illustrations for the Stranger, but he also works with people clients like HBO and Hello Mr.
• Krish Raghav won The Dash Grant this year, which put $250 in his pocket. With that money, he produced his new book, Estilo Hindu: A Mexico City Travelogue, which will debut at Short Run on Saturday.
• I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I'm eager to see the latest from Short Run organizer Eroyn Franklin.
• Cold Cube Press is a new interdisciplinary magazine out of Seattle. They publish art, illustrations, and literature. (Full disclosure: Some of my poems were printed in the first issue, along with poems by Jane Wong and Leena Joshi.) But I'll be buying the latest non-me issue the second I see it. All of the magazines are made using a risograph, but they all look completely different, so I'm excited to see the new design.
• Bruce Bickford is a legendary figure in animation, and I hear he's pretty fun to talk to. Hopefully I'll be able to fight through the crowd and say hi.
• Ben Horak does those gross, gloopy, hairy comics. He publishes a lot of work, but I like the stuff he contributes to Intruder, a great quarterly comic newspaper run by Mark Palm.
This is a long shopping list, and I could add a few more, but I'm going to go broke if I keep going.