Short Run’s 10th anniversary fell during the most challenging year of most of our lives as we grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of public events like our festival and other in-person programs continues to be in limbo, with no end date currently in sight to the necessary moratorium on large gatherings. 

For the time being, we are finding ways to continue to support our local comics and small press communities and celebrate and share the stories piling up inside of us:

We curated two small, socially-distanced art shows at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery to support Short Run artists and partners and to give our local audiences a safe destination to enjoy the art they love in person. We partnered with Seattle Center to create an outdoor exhibition at the vast Seattle Center campus, featuring Robyn Jordan’s COVID-19 comics. We collected and published a printed collection of autobiographical “corona comics” featuring the work of 68 artists. We also contracted with 50 artists, providing over $10,000 for illustration, animation, and design work. And we donated funds to support causes that are close to us: supporting Black art & culture in Seattle; purchasing school supplies for youth refugees; and helping our artist friends in Beirut rebuild their livelihoods after the massive warehouse explosion in August. 

Thank you for your past donations that have helped to make this continuing work possible. No local art nonprofit can survive without community support. Now is the time to give to the organizations that facilitate the art & culture you love in Seattle. Help us prepare for the time when we can gather in numbers and artists can come together around our love of comics, zines, and art. We can’t wait to see you there.

Thank you immensely on behalf of the Board of Directors,

Kelly Froh

Executive Director

We also have a Venmo account @Short-Run

Short Run Seattle is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. Our EIN # is 30-0806862. Your donations may be tax deductible. Our Form 990 tax return can be viewed online at