“Short Run” is a gathering of small press in Seattle with some added attractions this year. There’s the main event, the Short Run Small Press Festival at Washington Hall on Saturday, November 30, 2013. But, for those who want more, there’s plenty more starting with an event on November 1. Check out the Short Run website for details here.

Press release follows:


Short Run was founded to celebrate Seattle’s lauded small press community, and we’re excited to bring you the grandest festival yet!

Throughout November, Short Run has programming planned across the city, from art shows to zine-making workshops, including the addition of Read/Write, a 2-day series that is dedicated to encouraging community and conversation across both sides of the page.


Short Run presents: From the Forest Floor
Friday, November 1st, 7:00 pm- 11:00 pm
(Address cannot be disclosed)
All ages

Short Run presents five artists working with the theme of nature, specifically the grip that the Northwest has upon us who live here. Not unlike “Northwest Mystics,” the work is permeated by place, whether they mean it to be or not.

Artists include Jesse Lortz, China Faith Star, Sarah Rosenblatt, Minh Nguyen, and Mat Whiteley. Musical guests include Case Studies & Waxing Hearts.


Short Run presents: The Rookie Yearbook Two Release Party with Tavi Gevinson
Saturday, November 9th, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
The Vera Project
Warren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
All ages

Short Run is honored to present the launch party for Rookie Yearbook Two, out this fall from Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Editor and fashion sensation Tavi Gevinson will host an afternoon of readings, along with a zine-making workshop geared towards teens. All supplies will be provided.


Short Run Exhibitor Art Show
Saturday, November 9th, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way South), Seattle, WA 98108
All ages

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid will choose artists from the Short Run Exhibitor List to display their illustrative work and provide the public with a first look at what they will find at the festival. We are honored to be working with Larry Reid, who has brought small press work into the Fantagraphics store, and offered support and guidance to many a comic artist in Seattle. Musical guest, Tummy.


Short Run presents: Read/Write
Friday, November 29th, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm
The Vera Project
Warren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Saturday, November 30th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
All ages

Short Run presents Read/Write, a day which will use performances, collaborative creations, panels, and discussions to contemplate many topics including the value of comics and zines, the role craft plays in the digital age, a history of queer comics and zines, and the gender gap in comics.

Join artists as they screenprint their book covers and put the finishing touches on their zine or comic at our “Procrastination Station”.

Commune together for a post-Thanksgiving meal. A more detailed schedule can be found at


Short Run 2013 Small Press Fest
Saturday, November 30th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
All ages

On Saturday, November 30, the breathtaking Washington Hall will be filled with a book fair highlighting over 100 writers and artists including the underground comics legend Dennis Eichhorn, local Stranger Genius Jim Woodring, Intruder Comics Newspaper contributor James Stanton, Eisner winner David Lasky, the makers of the Seattle Pinball Zine, Skill-Shot and Portland artists Asher Craw, Julia Gfrorer, Study Group and more. We also welcome comic artists traveling from across the country including Kentucky, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Canada, and the UK! The spectacular stage will be screening animation throughout the day by Reel Grrls, SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team), and dozens of animators from around the country.

Read/Write continues on the wrap-around balcony with an epic mural collaboration between comic artists Max Clotfelter, Tim Miller, and attendees. Other rooms will host drawing games, live silk-screening, workshops, shadow puppet shows, readings, and rock operas. We welcome Gridlords, the monthly comic performance group from Portland; Oakland’s Fictilis, who will create amazing collaborative experiences; and the young adults creating zines through The Zine Project.

Our decadent bake sale will be accompanied by visiting food trucks to provide a quick bite for visitors.

Join us on this “Small Business Saturday,” a nationwide campaign that encourages you to shop locally for the holidays.

After the festival closes, Washington Hall will be transformed into a “Comics Prom,” a 21 + dance party with comic book corsages, microbrews, spiked punch, and featuring local favorite La Luz, K Records band The Shivas, and Specs Wizard, “The Elder Statesman” of Seattle area Hip Hop.

Visit our friends at Short Run here.


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