Graphica, Comics & Zines — Oh My!

November is slated to be one incredible month. Local comics and zines cooperative Short Run have some wild, fun, interesting events coming up, so you might want to just go ahead and haul out your calendar now to get all this on your mind grapes. Lots of these writers and artists stock their zines and chapbooks with us, and if you aren’t already following and/or ♥-ing Tavi Gevinson’s work with Rookie, you need to — stat!

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Short Run presents: From the Forest Floor
Friday, November 1st, 7:00 pm- 11:00 pm
Heartland, U-District
All ages | $5
Short Run presents five artists working with the theme of nature, specifically the grip that the Northwest has upon us who live here. Not unlike “Northwest Mystics,” the work is permeated by place, whether they mean it to be or not. Artists include Jesse Lortz, China Faith Star, Sarah Rosenblatt, Minh Nguyen, and Mat Whiteley. Musical guests include Case Studies & Waxing Hearts.

Short Run presents: The Rookie Yearbook Two Release Party with Tavi Gevinson
Saturday, November 9th, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
The Vera Project
Warren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
All ages | FREE
Short Run is honored to present the launch party for Rookie Yearbook Two, out this fall from Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Editor and fashion sensation Tavi Gevinson will host an afternoon of readings, along with a zine-making workshop geared towards teens. All supplies will be provided.

Short Run Exhibitor Art Show
Saturday, November 9th, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 South Vale Street (at Airport Way South), Seattle, WA 98108
All ages | FREE
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery curator Larry Reid will choose artists from the Short Run Exhibitor List to display their illustrative work and provide the public with a first look at what they will find at the festival. We are honored to be working with Larry Reid, who has brought small press work into the Fantagraphics store, and offered support and guidance to many a comic artist in Seattle. Musical guest Tummy.

Short Run presents: Read/Write
Friday, November 29th, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm
The Vera Project
Warren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Saturday, November 30th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
All ages | FREE
Short Run presents Read/Write, a day which will use performances, collaborative creations, panels, and discussions to contemplate many topics including the value of comics and zines, the role craft plays in the digital age, a history of queer comics and zines, and the gender gap in comics. Join artists as they screenprint their book covers and put the finishing touches on their zine or comic at our “Procrastination Station”. Commune together for a post-Thanksgiving meal. A more detailed schedule can be found at

Short Run 2013 Small Press Fest
Saturday, November 30th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
All ages | FREE
On Saturday, November 30, the breathtaking Washington Hall will be filled with a book fair highlighting over 100 writers and artists including the underground comics legend Dennis Eichhorn, local Stranger Genius Jim Woodring, Intruder Comics Newspaper contributor James Stanton, Eisner winner David Lasky, the makers of the Seattle Pinball Zine, Skill-Shot and Portland artists Asher Craw, Julia Gfrorer, Study Group and more. We also welcome comic artists traveling from across the country including Kentucky, Colorado, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Canada, and the UK! The spectacular stage will be screening animation throughout the day by Reel Grrls, SEAT (Seattle Experimental Animation Team), and dozens of animators from around the country.

Read/Write continues on the wrap-around balcony with an epic mural collaboration between comic artists Max Clotfelter, Tim Miller, and attendees. Other rooms will host drawing games, live silk-screening, workshops, shadow puppet shows, readings, and rock operas. We welcome Gridlords, the monthly comic performance group from Portland; Oakland’s Fictilis, who will create mazing collaborative experiences; and the young adults creating zines through The Zine Project. Our decadent bake sale will be accompanied by visiting food trucks to provide a quick bite for visitors. Join us on this “Small Business Saturday,” a nationwide campaign that encourages you to shop locally for the holidays.

After the festival closes, Washington Hall will be transformed into a “Comics Prom,” a 21 + dance party with comic book corsages, microbrews, spiked punch, and featuring local favorite La Luz, K Records band The Shivas, and Specs Wizard, “The Elder Statesman” of Seattle area Hip Hop.

Sundays In: A Sitting

Punk Is A Moving Target

by Dave Wheeler

Sometimes I’ll read a whole book in a sitting. Granted, many of these instances have occurred on transcontinental flights, but not always. If it’s gripping enough, or if it’s slim enough, I can devour something in mere hours.

Maybe it’s impressive. Probably it’s annoying, too, for me to make a claim like that. We don’t all have that kind of time or attention span. But like Justus says, it’s a bookseller’s superpower!

But it’s never really about getting through a book for me. I’m more concerned with what I’m getting out of the book, and sometimes you have to take it all at once for it to work right. Like half-shell oysters. Or tequila shots.

That’s my running theory, anyway.

But I’m sure you know what I mean. There’s sometimes that feeling that if you set the book down for even a moment, the spell will be broken and you’ll never return to it. Sometimes the enchantment is that fragile — not weak, not because the book is “bad” — it’s delicate. A lot of beautiful things I can think of are delicate: snowflakes, lace, stained glass. And there are books I could list among those. Saul Bellow’s The Actual, for one. Or John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat.

Other things are specifically designed to be read in a single sitting, too, though. Many of the zines we carry are exactly that! Guillotine Press has been issuing some of the most delightful works of cultural criticism, with stunningly laid-out little pamphlets like Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona (Bojan Louis) and most recently Punk (Mimi Thi Nguyen & Golnar Nikpour).

The press is run by Sarah McCarry, whom you may know better as The Rejectionist. Incisive and provocative, Guillotine, I’d say, is putting out some of the best zines on the market. Each packs a wallop — intricately constructed (frequently collaborative) essays on violence, women’s health, racial and other prejudices, and more! — while gracious enough to readers not to add physical heft to already heavy subjects.

I like reading a whole work at once every now and then. Segmented reading feels like living inside the author’s mind for a long period, but single-sitting reading feels more like viewing the subject from above. Appreciating the story entirely. Full-immersion, which I’ve heard is the best way to learn a new language; in fact, I’m not convinced the two are all that different.

So, I wonder, what have you enjoyed reading all at once, beginning to end?

Small Press at Elliott Bay Book Co.

In addition to the thousands titles published by the larger publishing houses, we here at Elliott Bay are also proud to support several small publishers and self published authors from all over the world. Here are just a few of the titles that we’ve received within the last month or so.

Tale of Cloran HastingsTale Of Cloran Hastings, by Brandon M. Dennis

Cloran is an old seafarer who is set to retire and finally settle down with his fiancee Adaire when his king sends him on one last mission to the far off island of Miotes. Telling himself that it’s only one last journey, Cloran gathers his shipmates and heads out on his ship Wavegazer. Unfortunately, the sea itself seems to have other plans for this captain and his crew.

Bubble CollectorThe Bubble Collector, by Vikram Madan

This wonderfully illustrated collection of poems that poke fun at a wide range of subjects, Madan’s book is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Almost every style of poem is represented here, from hilarious haiku to parodies of popular poems, The Bubble Collector is a great book to introduce children to the joys of poetry.

Chicago Center for Literature and PhotographyThe Chicago Center for Literature & Photography

We are proud to present the complete catalog of titles published by The Chicago Center for Literature & Photography. Each small, hand-bound book is an original work and would make a welcome addition to any library. Topics range from travel memoir to post-apocalyptic science fiction and feature authors that I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about in the near future.

For more information on Elliott Bay’s consignment program please visit our website or email us at

Sundays In: Poetry Trivia Night

Madness, Rack, and Honey, Ruefle
One of many stellar Wave Books titles

by Dave Wheeler

Nothing is quite as potent a dose of humility as pub trivia. Ubiquitous bits of knowledge swirling like dust motes on a sunny afternoon are picked at random to be used as weapons to bludgeon anyone’s mind foolish enough to participate. And yet, we all do. (Have you been answering our anniversary trivia questions on our blog?)

Quick! What continent has never observed a tornado?

We don’t just want to know stuff. We want to know we know stuff, and we want others to know we know we know stuff, in a way that stuffs stuff we know in their faces.

Normally, I’m the team expert on books and literature. But when my co-workers invited me to local poetry press Wave Books‘s poetry trivia night, that badge was put to agonized shame. It was like that comprehensive final exam you knew pulling an all-nighter wouldn’t help with, so you didn’t study at all.

Meditations in an Emergency, O'Hara

Round after round barraged us with questions like, What poet’s father invented Life Savers hard candy? (Oh, you know it was Hart Crane? I’m sure.) What type of vehicle killed Frank O’Hara on Fire Island in 1966? (Dune buggy? *eyebrow raise*) Who was the first African American to publish a collection of poems? (Of course it’s Phyllis Wheatley!) All right, smart kid, name all the poets who read at the Six Gallery in San Francisco on the night Allen Ginsberg premiered Howl.

The questions gushed from the heyday when people paid much closer attention to poets and their lives. I mean, I can tell you that Kathleen Flenniken is our Washington State Poet Laureate, but I’ll be damned if I know what she had for breakfast this morning. If you watch Mad Men you might know that tons of people were not only reading but talking — really talking — about O’Hara’s Meditations in an Emergency in the late Fifties.

Here’s a tough one: What contemporary book of poetry has had as broad an impact as that?

Like with ninety-nine percent of Wave Book’s questions the other night, I have no idea. Sure I can tick off today’s prize-winners, name backlist like a son of a gun, and spell Wisława Szymborska correctly, but it’s not so easy to see which contemporaries will live on in the revered tradition of their forebears.

Belmont, BurtAnd maybe that’s why I felt I should have known the answers to more questions. The people and times and places and poems have already been distilled by history into a concentrated tier of significance the years may never diminish. Strip away the retrospective lens of Fitzgeraldian romanticism, and you have poets who have stood the greatest test: time.

Sure. It was just trivia. Wave put on a spectacular evening, complete with Randy Newman cover band Lonely At The Top, and everyone — myself included — had a superb time. My ego hurt for a few hours afterward, though, and I went home and ate ice cream. But I made sure to read a few poems from Stephen Burt’s new book Belmont before I turned on the next episode of Scandal. Because when you aren’t paying attention, you might miss the question.

Lean Mean Zine Machines

If you’re jonesing to check out some small and micro-presses, look no further than the upcoming Short Run Small Press Fest. Some all-stars from our zines section will be exhibiting, along with tons of other talented artists, poets, cartoonists, and writers of all stripes. You’ll recognize Eroyn Franklin (Just NoiseDelugeSorry Sheets) and Kate Lebo (Filter Lit Journal editor, A Commonplace Book of Pie) just to name a couple. Here’s the press release:

Short Run, Seattle’s Small Press Fest
A Showcase Of Regional Small Press Publications And Individual Makers Of Art Books, Zines, Comics, And Animation

The 2nd annual Short Run festival will feature nearly 100 small press exhibitors and performers offering their comics, zines, and art books for sale from $.50 to $50.00! At Short Run you will discover books that you won’t find in any store, ones that have been handmade with heart and held together with staples, sewn bindings, or silkscreened covers.

Always true to the PNW, we focus on local exhibitors like David Lasky, Greg Stump, and Kaz Strzepek with a few far away guests thrown in such as Noah van Sciver, Melinda Tracy Boyce, and a selection of Portland’s lauded comics artists. Short Run will include work that spans generations, from students like Elaine Lin to alternative comix legends Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, and Pat Moriarity.

Enjoy local animation screening all day, featuring Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), Reel Grrls, and other independent filmmakers. Be entertained by exhibitors showing off all the ways they blend genres, such as advice expert Nicole Georges, writer / professional barber Zach Mandeville who will be giving free haircuts, and puppet master Erin Tanner. Participate in live silk-screening where you can screen print a comic drawn by local artists or print one of our designs onto clothes you bring yourself. Take a break from all the excitement with drawing games that the audience and artists create together! Don’t pass by the decadent bake sale with donated goodies from Macrina Bakery,

Grand Central Bakery, The Bang Bang Cafe, Stumptown Coffee, and our exhibitors and supporters!

As the chill of November sets in, comfort yourself in the warm, loving embrace of handmade books.  Please help us spread the word that Short Run is the place to be to see and experience what’s happening in Seattle’s small press community. As always – Free Admission!

Everything takes place Saturday, November 3rd, 10:30-5:30, at The Vera Project (The corner of Warren & Republican Ave. N, next to Key Arena in Seattle Center). For more details, check out

How to Vomit & Not Regret It

Everyone stop what you’re doing! It’s time to learn.

If you want to learn how to perform other important tasks, just like this one, be sure to join us in the store Tuesday, August 7 (That’s TOMORROW!), at 8pm, when The Stranger‘s contributors Christopher Frizzelle, Lindy West, Bethany Jean Clement, and others enlighten us from their survival guide (which also hits our shelves tomorrow) How to Be a Person: The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants, Tacos and Life Itself. It’s new, from Seattle’s own publishing powerhouse Sasquatch Books—who are apparently giving out a free taco and beer with book purchase at the event.