Short Run Small Press Fest November 1-3

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Short Run Poster, Eroyn Franklin © 2012


Saturday, November 3, 10:30-5:30

Thursday November 1, 6:00-9:00 pm
Opening of “Handbound”.
SOIL gallery – 112 3rd Ave S (Pioneer Square)

Friday November 2, 6:00-9:00 pm
Book release/art show for David Lasky and Noah Van Sciver.
Fantagraphics Bookstore – 1201 South Vale St. (Georgetown)
Book release/art show for Intruder Comics Newspaper.
One Night Stand Gallery (above Fantagraphics)

Short Run Small Press Festival, a celebration of  comics, art books, and zines, was funded in part by 4Culture’s Group Arts Projects for 2012. Festival organizer, past Gallery4Culture exhibitor and author and comics artist Eroyn Franklin wrote this guest post to get you ready for the weekend’s festivities. What a great way to start the month of November!


Less than three weeks to go!  No, we are not counting down to Election Day, we are racing to complete preparations for SHORT RUN small press fest on Saturday, November 3rd!  We got so excited planning our second annual festival that we couldn’t pack all our ideas into one day.  We’re hosting art shows, book releases, and signings before the main festival even starts and still managed to add fun, weird, and wonderful programming on the festival day too.

On Thursday November 1st, SOIL gallery kicks off an early weekend with “Handbound”, a show that explores the making process of 20 artists including Theo Ellsworth, Jason T. Miles, Dawn Cerny, Tim Root, Jess Rees, and Chris Cilla.  “Handbound” will feature unfinished work, doodles, scraps, sketches, ink tests, pencil shavings, and reference photos alongside finished work and the books that are the final result of this labor.

The next night, Friday, November 2nd, we take over Georgetown for the premiere of David Lasky’s long-awaited graphic novel of The Carter Family, “Don’t Forget This Song”, and Denver cartoonist Noah Van Sciver’s graphic novel “The Hypo”, about the young Abe Lincoln. Both artists will be showing work and signing their books at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery.

Upstairs that same night, come pick up the free 4th issue of Seattle’s own Intruder comics newspaper and see original work on display by the contributing artists at One Night Stand Gallery (located above Fantagraphics).

Head down to The Vera Project the next morning to attend SHORT RUN small press festival. From 10:30am to 5:30pm 100 exhibitors will fill the space with comics, art books, and zines for sale from 50 cents to 50 dollars. Enjoy local animation by Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), Reel Grrls, and other independent animators. The programming schedule highlights our exhibitors other talents-check out some shadow puppet theater, get a free haircut by a professional barber/writer, ask an advice expert to solve all your problems, or see performances by animators, musicians, and a Powerpoint presentation that is part comedy and part horror entitled, “Rearing Your Tween”. Fictilis Gallery hosts the often hilarious, always experimental reading group called Circumtext where participants share text that they themselves did not write, from all areas of culture where text can be found.  We’ll have silkscreen stations set up for you to print a comic drawn by local artists or print one of our designs on clothes you bring yourself.  Take a break from all the excitement with treats from our decadent bake sale and drawing games that the audience and artists create together.

After the show, artists and audience members will shake it at a dance party sponsored by Debacle Limited.  You wanna know where it is?  We aren’t telling till that night, so you’ll have to come to the festival to find out!!

SHORT RUN is funded in part by 4Culture’s Group artist grant and The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural affairs smART grant.

Short Run Poster, Eroyn Franklin © 2012