Fisher Pavilion Seattle Center
Sat., Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2015
"Short Run, a giant comix and arts festival now in its fifth year, is happening during the day on Halloweeeeeeeeeen! They're making the most of the holiday overlap by setting up some Trick or Treating activities and handing out risograph-printed masks designed by Scott Travis. There'll be a Kid's Zone for the children, and also an animation tent and bake sale for everybody.
But the main entree of the festival is the book fair, which features over 200 artists, cartoonists, zinesters, and publishers, including established big shots like Bruce Bickford and Jim Woodring, up-and-comers like Robyn Chapman, and everyone in-between. Fantagraphics Books will be there. Youngbloods like Cold Cube Press will be there. Even literary people like APRIL Festival and Wave Books will be there. Everybody's going to be there." RICH SMITH
Rich's list of tables/exhibitors/artists/publishers he plans to pay special attention to on his first go-round:
• 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's 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.
Plus, see Rich's list of 7 tips for navigating Short Run