Short Run Comic & Arts Festival 2014

It’s time again! The 4th annual Short Run Comix & Arts Festival will be taking place on the 15th of this month. Short Run is one of the northwest’s premier book exhibitions celebrating the community of independent zine makers, artists, publishers and animators here and around the world. With exciting events taking place all week (including one here at Elliott Bay) this is going to be a special year. John Porcellino will be in attendance, along with a handful of international publishers and artists to spice things up a bit. Details on everything Short Run this year below.



SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival

Saturday, November 15th

at Washington Hall


Short Run Events Calendar

Short Run Seattle & The Seattle Globalist Present International Comix Night featuring Anna Sailamaa (Finland), Jean De Wet (South Africa), Nobrow Publishers (UK)

The Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Avenue.
7:00 – 8:30 PM, FREE

Visitors Welcome: A Short Run Art Show featuring Anna Sailamaa (Finland), Jamie Coe (UK), Justine Stevens (Seattle), Jonathan Bell Wolfe (Seattle)

During Capitol Hill Art Walk
Joe Bar Gallery, 810 E Roy St.
6:00 – 9:00 PM, FREE

Marathon II: A Short Run Art Show & Pre-Festival Reception featuring MariNaomi (Los Angeles), Tom Neely (Los Angeles), Ed Piskor (Philadelphia), Josh Simmons (Seattle), Pam Wishbow (Seattle), John Porcellino (Beloit, WI)

Fantagraphics Gallery and Bookstore, 1201 S Vale St.
6:00 – 9:00 PM, FREE

SHORT RUN Comix & Arts Festival

Washington Hall (153 14th Ave. Central District),
11:00 – 6:00 PM, FREE
(The first 50 attendees through the door at 11:00 AM will receive a FREE swag bag valued at $40.)

Short Run Beach Party with La Luz and The Shivas featuring Hollow Earth Radio DJ Domenica
8:00 – 11:00 PM

Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave.
$5 door, 21+

Root Hog or Die: A documentary about John Porcellino with artist and director in attendance

Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave.
12:00 – 2:30 PM, FREE

Yumi Sakugawa: Reading for Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave.
3:30 PM, FREE

UK comic artist Jamie Coe and local artists Joe Garber and Robyn Jordan Reading
The Seattle Public Library – Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave E.

6:30 – 8:00 PM, FREE

JODI PICOULT on Friday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Seattle Public Central Library (Free admission)


Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Making a welcome Seattle return is much-loved novelist Jodi Picoult, author of over twenty novels, many of them bestsellers. She visits the library this evening to read from and discuss her newest leavingnovel, Leaving Time (Ballantine). “Picoult’s novel explores grief, memory, and motherhood through the unlikely lens of elephant behavior. Jenna Metcalf was three years old when her mother, Alice, disappeared from the elephant sanctuary where she worked as a researcher. Ten years later, Jenna is ready to launch a search … Longtime fans of Picoult will recognize some of her stock characters … as well as her trademark twist ending … The pachyderms are as complex as the humans, making the journey poignant and memorable.” – Publishers Weekly. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Seattle Public Central Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information on the program, please see

If you are unable to attend an author event you can call us at (206) 624-6600 or email us at to request an autographed copy. 

LIT CRAWL SEATTLE: EIMEAR MCBRIDE on Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.


Presented by ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY as part of LIT CRAWL SEATTLE. Probably the most awarded and cited novel to be read from here this year will be Irish writer Eimear McBride’s singular debut novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Coffee House Press). This indelible story of a young woman growing up and coming into age, especially with its HALFfocus on her relationship with her brother and trauma he undergoes, has received the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the Folio Prize. “A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is simply a brilliant book … entirely emotionally raw and at the same time technically astounding. Her prose is as haunting and moving as music, and the love story at the heart of the novel – between a sister and brother – as true and wrenching as any in literature. This is a book about everything: family, faith, sex, home, transcendence, violence, and love. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Elizabeth McCracken. “Read it and be changed.” – Eleanor Catton.

Please see for more information on Lit Crawl.

If you are unable to attend an author event you can call us at (206) 624-6600 or email us at to request an autographed copy. 

Books for October Souls: Children’s Picks

For a few of us, autumn and Halloween create the happiest, most delightfully spooky season imaginable. Not only is the weather wonderful (crunchy leaves, hot drinks, warm sweaters, and those brilliant reds and oranges!), but the books I want to curl up with at this time are among my favourites. Here are a few to make fellow October souls happy:

Children’s Picks:

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke

Julia's House for Lost Creatures

Honestly, this is among my favourite picture books ever written. Julia moves into a huge house, which she thinks a grand idea until she actually spends a bit of time in it…and realizes it’s really quite lonely! She puts up a sign that invites all lost creatures to come and take up residence in her house, the result of which is… Well, you’re just going to have to read it. I really can’t say enough about how absolutely wonderful this story is, though. So, do read it.

Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by David Catrow

Cinderella Skeleton

My opinion on this book may be a little unconventional, but I honestly think this is the best illustrated Cinderella adaptation. Cinderella is a skeleton, her prince is one too, and it’s not just her shoe she loses when she runs down the stairs. The illustrations are beautiful, and the story strikes just the right balance of playful macabre and sweet story.

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Dan Santat


This one is just plain funny. Meet Crankenstein (chances are you know him). He’s having a day that leaves him feeling nothing but cranky. But when one Crankenstein meets another? Let’s just say this is one book with which we can all identify.

Zombelina by Kristyn Crow, illustrated by Molly Idle


Okay, so taking your leg off while dancing may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but for Zombelina, it’s just one of her many creative dance moves. With her kooky family encouraging her, Zombelina explores the world of dance on her own terms, but when her first ballet recital gives her stage fright, she has to trust in herself enough to finish the performance.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

If you haven’t yet experienced the world of Adam Rex, you’re in for a treat, and Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich is an excellent entry point. Full of funny stories surrounding Frankenstein’s attempts to live a normal life, this picture book will leave you in stitches. Wait. Not literal stitches. Stitches from laughing. Anyway, moving on…

Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi, illustrated by Gris Grimly

Boris and Bella

Opposites attract in this ghoulishly good story of Bella and Boris, two contrary people who just can’t stand each other…and come to love each other. Humour meets the saccharine, and with Gris Grimly illustrating, every reader is sure to be pleased.

- Justus

BEN LERNER on Monday, October 6th at 7:00 pm


Ben Lerner joins us in the bookstore on Monday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. 

Acclaimed poet and novelist Ben Lerner follows his dazzling fiction debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, with another wondrous novel in 10:04 (Faber and Faber). Again the protagonist is a writer, and again there is a narrative of perceptive, sharp, urbanly-informed observation and insight. There is also a lot of life here. “Ben Lerner is a brilliant novelist, and one unafraid to make of the novel something truly new. 10:04 is a work of endless wit, pleasure, relevance, and vitality.” –Rachel Kushner. “Reading Ben Lerner gives me the tingle at the base of my spine that happens whenever I encounter a writer of true originality.” – Jeffrey Eugenides. Ben Lerner’s three poetry collections, all published by Copper Canyon – The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, Mean Free Path – have received numerous honors and accolades, a National Book Award finalist citation among them. Leaving the Atocha Station won the Believer Book Award.


If you are unable to attend an author event you can call us at (206) 624-6600 or email us at to request an autographed copy. 


Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto


While wistfully celebrating the beauty and fluid grace of the game, knowledgeable lifelong fan Almond compellingly details the crises facing football: that it destroys players, corrupts communities and educational institutions, and represents a morally dubious use of resources. The evidence is preponderant and growing. The book also asks us implicitly, as fans, to consider our addiction to the kind of spectacle that differs only by degree from that used to placate the Roman mob of two thousand years ago, and whether we frankly prefer to accept destruction and suffering for the sake of our own amusement. A book to be read NOW: fall 2014. -Jesse

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh


Tennessee Williams was a great experimental playwright who achieved tremendous commercial success on Broadway. Many of the characters he created are iconic: Amanda, Laura, Blanche, Stanley, Maggie, Big Daddy, and Brick. John Lahr deftly examines Williams’s life in relationship to his plays, and one comes away with a greater appreciation of Williams’s genius. Williams is the great American playwright, and arguably the great American writer—an honor traditionally reserved for novelists, but I would make a case for him. -Greg