Full Festival Schedule (Nov 2nd – 6th)


SATURDAY, November 4th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center (Book Expo) &

The Vera Project (All Programming)

305 Harrison St.


Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

Our 7th annual festival will feature over 270 exhibitor artists from around the world including special guests from France, Peru, Taiwan, Argentina, Canada, the UK, and programming such as lifesize coloring pages from Anders Nilsen’s “A Walk In Eden”, animation curated by Clyde Petersen for Seattle Experimental Animation Team, “The Midnight Variety Hour” a performance by Gridlords, storytelling and drawing workshops with Tom Hart and Gemma Correll, panel talks with Leela Corman, Emil Ferris, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jesús Cossio, Joe Sacco, and Sarah Glidden, and much more!

Special Guests: Anders Nilsen, Leela Corman, Tom Hart, Flora Kam (France), Julia Wertz, Gemma Correll (UK), Jordan Crane, Dash Grant winner Rebecca Artemisa; and shared guests through our partnership with International Comics Art Forum (ICAF): Jesús Cossio (Peru), Moto Hagio (Japan), Emil Ferris, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Sousanis, Ramzi Fawaz.

At Fisher Pavilion:

Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) screens new animation.

A Walk In Eden – life-size coloring book mural by Anders Nilsen.

Lit Alley: A whole row that embraces self-published and small press poetry and literature. 

12:00-3:00 pm The Reverse Tweet Translator creates an impromptu collaboration where the audience provides a tweet that prompts the author to expand the 140 characters into their own short story on the spot. Featuring Willie Fitzgerald, Emmett Montgomery, and Stacey Levine.

Chin Music Press presents Ghosts of Seattle Past window installation. 

Fogland Studios live screen printing.

Epic BAKE SALE featuring sweet and savory morsels from local bakeries such as Tease Chocolates, Nuflours, Tall Grass Bakery, and Stumptown Coffee!

At The Vera Project:


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12:00-1:30 New Dream World: The Midnight Variety Hour: An active participatory performance by Sean Christensen/ Fern Wiley, Maura Campbell – Balkits, Vivian Hua, Eileen Chavez & Daria Tessler.


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2:00-3:00 Spotlight on comic artist Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters) and comic artist Leela Corman (We All Wish For Deadly Force) in conversation with The Seattle Review of Books’ Paul Constant.



3:15-4:15 Comics Journalism with comic artists Jesús Cossio (Barbarie: Cómics Sobre la Violencia Política), Joe Sacco (Palestine), and Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts). Cossio is celebrated as one of the foremost creators of documentary, testimonial and journalistic comics in contemporary Latin America.



4:30-5:30 Spotlight on comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, moderated by Qiana Whitted. DeConnick has written for Image Comics, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, IDW, DC, Vertigo, and Marvel. Today, she is best known for Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, Pretty Deadly; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi feminist kidney-punch called Bitch Planet, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014.



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Cu Chi +0An art show featuring collaborations between PLUS ZERO and La Quy Tung created at an artist’s residency in Cu Chi, Vietnam, artists Flora Kam and Jon Horn in attendance.



12:00-1:30 Storytelling Flow workshop with Tom Hart, founder of The Sequential Artist’s Workshop (SAW). Feeling stuck? Tense? Like you can’t  figure out which way to turn? Not sure which idea to build on or how to tell a good idea from a bad? Do you feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed by your own ideas? Loosen up and follow your story ideas from beginning to end in this workshop. All supplies provided.



2:00-3:00 UK Illustrator and comics artist Gemma Correll (A Cat’s LifeA Pug’s Guide to Etiquette) leads an animal drawing workshop for all ages, all supplies provided.



3:30-4:30 Comic artist Julia Wertz slideshow talk on her Urban Exploring; through a series of illustrations, comics and photos, Wertz teaches you a whole new way to look at your city. Her then and now illustrations show how streets and neighborhoods have changed over the decades, her photos of abandoned locations illuminate disregarded and disappearing locations, and her comics detail humorous stories of forgotten history. Although New York City takes center stage in Wertz’s work, some of her photos will focus on Seattle and greater Washington State.


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Short Run After-Party, 8 pm- 11 pm

The Vera Project

Corner of Warren & Republican Ave. N

DJ Pepperazzi and DJ Traditional Grrrl, oracle readings by Lily Kay, Photobooth by Rose Metting (art) & Allyce Andrew (photos)


Alcohol 21+ with wristband (bring ID), all-ages welcome


Additional Programming

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THURSDAY, November 2nd 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Art To Read

SOIL Gallery

Art show runs through Dec. 2nd

112 3rd Ave S. (Pioneer Square)


This book-centric exhibition will feature an interactive imagination hut complete with pockets of books created by Short Run exhibitors. The main gallery space is dedicated to experimental, sculptural, and interactive book works. With artists: Jessica Hoffman, Yuka Petz, Taylor Dow, Alexandria Vickery, Mita Mahato, Michael Heck, Robyn Jordan, Martine Workman.  



FRIDAY, November 3rd, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Pre-party and Marathon art show

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

Art show runs through Nov. 10th

1201 S Vale St. (Georgetown)


Featuring original artwork by Emil Ferris, Tom Hart, Leela Corman, Julia Wertz, Jordan Crane, Gemma Correll, nishat akhtar, Rebecca Artemisa, Anders Nilsen. Readings by Anders Nilsen and 2dcloud artists.

Alternately, you may also join ICAF attendees for a panel discussion with Fantagraphics’ publisher Gary Groth and cartoonists Jim Woodring and Emil Ferris at The Stables (980 S. Nebraska Street) from 8:00-9:00 pm (located right across the street).


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SUNDAY, November 5th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Nicole Georges & Julia Wertz 

Seattle Public Library

1000 4th Ave. (Downtown)


A slideshow presentation and conversation between Georges (Fetch, Calling Dr. Laura) and Wertz (Tenements, Towers, and Trash), moderated by local multi-sensory comic artist E.T. Russian, regarding their individual artists practices and processes, and making long-form works. Book signing to follow.



MONDAY, November 6th, 4 pm


The University of Washington, UW Odegaard Library, Room 220

ICAF guest artist Emil Ferris, author of the 2017 graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics) will discuss her work and career in the context of disability culture. The discussion will be moderated by José Alaniz, Director of the UW Disability Studies Program.

The talk is sponsored by the University of Washington Disability Studies Program.

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