Event of the Week: Short Run! Short Run! Short Run!

You know we're huge fans of Short Run here at the Seattle Review of Books. This year, we've already interviewed
Jasjyot Singh Hans about his amazing poster for the festival
, Ezra Claytan Daniels about the political tract he's debuting at the show, and Jul Gordon about her textile comics that will be on display at the show. You have a sense of the breadth and depth of work that's available at the show.

But now it's time to get down to the nitty gritty: Where do you need to be and what do you need to do? The complete answer is on Short Run's website, but here are a few details you absolutely need to know:

  • Short Run kicks off on Thursday night with a big showcase featuring Gordon, Singh Hans, Glynnis Fawkes, Malaka Gharib, and November Garciaat at Vermillion from 7 to 9. It's 21+ and it's free.
  • As is tradition, Fantagraphics Book Store and Gallery kicks off a big art show the night before Short Run starting at 6 pm, featuring artists including the Seattle Walk Report.
  • At the big show at Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Center on Saturday, you should definitely walk around the floor at least twice: once to see all the artists, and then a second time to pick up the books you want to buy. Be sure to visit the art show at Vera Project across the way!
  • And you'll want to rally for the afterparty on Saturday night, which this year is a country-western-themed dance party featuring DJ Scorpio Tail — just five bucks, from 8 to 11 at the Vera Project.
  • On Sunday, Short Run artist T. Edward Bak will be presenting his new book Not a Place to Visit, about the changing face of the environmental movement, at the Seattle Public Library downtown starting at 1 pm
  • Right after that, you can run up the hill for Malaka Gharib's reading of her memoir I Was Their American Dream at Elliott Bay Book Company, starting at 3 pm.
  • Then, you have until 6 pm to race to Georgetown for a musical performance at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from cartoonists Danielle de Picciotto and Zak Sally, with cartoonist Chris Cilla signing his new work.

Short Run keeps getting bigger and better respected with each passing year, and 2019 looks like the year that the festival semi-officially spreads to a multi-day experience. Sure, the floor is only open on Saturday, but the events happen all weekend long. This is a great town for comics year round, but it doesn't get any better than Short Run weekend for a celebration of the form by its greatest practitioners and most enthusiastic fans.