Saturday 31st Oct 2015
11am – 6pm
at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center
305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
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This Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, Short Run Comix & Arts Festival presents their fifth annual showcase of indie comix, zines, art books, small press lit, poetry, animation, and more. The spacious Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will overflow with more than 200 artists from across the country with comics trick-­or­-treating for the kids, innovative animation by Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), mask making, an epic bake sale, and swag bags filled with comics and other surprises.

Jaimee Garbacik will launch The Ghosts of Seattle Past­a collaborative atlas of memories and interactive art installation. The audience will create hybrid texts combining elements of illustration and poetry with Kundiman poets Jane Wong, EJ Koh and Michelle Peñaloza. Fictilis will conduct a creative census and Most Ancient will present a Virtual Reality art and sound experience.

Special guests this year include indie comics couple Charles Forsman​ and Melissa Mendes,​ from Massachusetts. Forsman has released two graphic novels with Fantagraphics and is currently self­publishing his ode to action comics, Revenger. Mendes, a Xeric Grant­ recipient and member of the global feminist artists collective Ladydrawers, will present her latest work The Weight, an epic family saga inspired by her late grandfather’s life in rural New York state, spanning from the 1930s onward.

Celebrated Northwest visionary Jim Woodring ​will unveil his latest creation, Frank in the 3rd Dimension, out this fall from Fantagraphics Books, Inc. For the first time ever, you can enter Woodring’s hypnotic drawings through 32 pages of full­ volume 3D visual vignettes. Short Run will bring Woodring’s world to Seattle Center with a 3D screening of the book. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to meet the mostly ­reclusive local animator and outsider artist Bruce Bickford​, most­ known for his late ’70s collaborations with experimental musician Frank Zappa. His near ­hallucinogenic claymation films have inspired generations of animators. Get an exciting first­look at pages from his now colossal graphic novel tome Vampire Picnic, or sneak a peek at his newest film Cas’l in the animation tent.

These special guests will feature their work alongside 200 fellow mid­career and emerging talents including traveling first­ timers Box Brown, A.T. Pratt, Robyn Chapman, Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong, Georgia Webber, and locals Max Clotfelter, Jesse Lortz, Darin Shuler, Wave Books, Chin Music Press, Raychelle Duazo, Josh Simmons, E.T. Russian, and Pat Moriarity.

After the festival concludes, join Short Run at Hilliard’s in Ballard for the after­party! Costumes are highly encouraged and prepare to dance along with indie rock storytellers Your Heart Breaks and punk quartet Mommy Long Legs! The photo booth will feature a troupe of bizarre papier­mâché monsters by Good Neighbor Gallery. Tasty Vibes food truck will be out front to satiate your munchies with their amazing burgers and sandwiches. Short Run will have a silent auction that showcases screaming deals on original art, prints, local artisanal treats, yoga sessions, hairdoing, and hotel stays!

This Halloween extravaganza will conclude a month-­long arts celebration around Seattle, including art shows at Joe Bar and the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, artists’ talk at the Capitol Hill Library, and a comix documentary screening at the Northwest Film Forum.

Throughout October, Short Run will hold programming across Seattle, from art shows to artist talks, film screenings, and more. Check out their 2015 schedule

-via Short Run