7th Annual Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

Press Release:

Our 7th annual festival will feature over 270 exhibitor artists from around the world including artists from France, Peru, Taiwan, Argentina, Canada, the UK, and programming such as lifesize coloring pages from Anders Nilsen’s “A Walk In Eden”, an art show “Cu Chi +0” featuring artists from the residency in Vietnam, animation curated by Clyde Petersen for Seattle Experimental Animation Team, “New Dream World:The Midnight Variety Hour” a performance by Sean Christensen, Daria Tessler, and other Portland artists, storytelling and drawing workshops with Tom Hart and Gemma Correll, panel talks with Leela Corman, Emil Ferris, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Jesús Cossio, Joe Sacco, Sarah Glidden, and much more!

The book expo will take place at Fisher Pavilion, and this year creative programming will run concurrently at The Vera Project. Full schedule available on our website…

Special Guests: Anders Nilsen, Leela Corman, Tom Hart, Flora Kam (France), Julia Wertz, Gemma Correll (UK), Jordan Crane, Dash Grant winner Rebecca Artemisa; and shared guests through our partnership with International Comic Arts Forum (ICAF): Jesús Cossio (Peru), Moto Hagio (Japan), Emil Ferris, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nick Sousanis, Gary Groth, Jim Woodring, Ramzi Fawaz.

Thanks to the generous support of The National Endowment for the Arts, The Norcliffe Foundation, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, and Tulalip Cares. Media support by The Seattle Weekly and KUOW.

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MI – An Evening with Joe Sacco

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Cartoonist and journalist Joe Sacco appears at the Michigan Theater on Thursday, January 19th at at 5:00 PM!

Leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social justice and human rights struggles in the US and around the world. His award-winning novels include Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (a portrait of some of the most marginalized communities in the United States, co-created with Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges); Footnotes in Gaza (a narrative of oral histories collected from elderly Palestinians who witnessed and survived a mass murder during the 1956 Suez War); and Safe Area Goražde (a graphic depiction of a besieged enclave during the Bosnian war).

Joe Sacco has received many awards for his pioneering work, including the 1996 American Book Award, a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2001 Eisner Award, the 2010 Ridenhour Book Prize, and the 2012 Oregon Book Award

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Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
(734) 668-8397

CA – Making History Graphic

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Joe Sacco and Gene Luen Yang speak in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM at the Los Angeles Public Library!

Hailed as the creator of war reportage comics, Joe Sacco uses darkly funny short form comics to recount conflicts, including his latest book The Great War, an illustrated panorama of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Gene Luen Yang, author of the acclaimed graphic novel American Born Chinese, brings clear-eyed storytelling and magical realism to tell parallel stories of two young people caught up on opposite sides of China’s violent Boxer Rebellion in his new work, Boxers and Saints. Join these two daring writers for a conversation on how the graphic novel and graphic non fiction —rising from the frontlines of popular culture—can serve our understanding of history.

Joe Sacco’s acclaimed books include Palestine, which was serialized as a comic book from 1993 to 1995, the first collection of which won an American Book Award in 1996; Safe Area Gorazde, and Footnotes in Gaza, as well as a best-selling collaboration with Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with graphic novel publisher First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. Yang won the Printz Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest book is the graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints.

Charles Hatfield, Professor of English at California State University, Northridge, teaches on comics, children’s literature, media, and cultural studies. He is the author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature and co-editor of the newly released The Superhero Reader.
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UK – The Great War Signing

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Joe Sacco signs at Gosh! Comics on Saturday October 26th from 2pm to 3pm!

Gosh Comics 
1 Berwick Street, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

OR – Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt Signing

Joe Sacco and Chris Hedges sign at Powell’s on Monday, June 25th at 7:30PM.

In Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (Nation Books), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and American Book Award-winning cartoonist Joe Sacco present a searing portrait of an American underclass in crisis. Reporting from the coal fields of West Virginia, from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, from undocumented farm worker colonies in California, and from Camden, New Jersey, the poorest city in the nation, Hedges and Sacco warn of a bleak near future — where cities and states fall easily into bankruptcy, neofeudalism reigns, and the nation’s working and middle classes are decimated. A shocking report from the frontlines of poverty in America, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt is a clarion call for reform.

Powell’s Books
1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

WA – Journalism Launch Party

Joe Sacco appears at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, to celebrate his new book Journalism. Visitors to this signing will be among the first in the nation to see the book, which will be officially released 10 days later. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet this extraordinary artist and pick up an advance copy of the book.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108

OR – An Evening with Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco, award-winning graphic journalist, speaks in conversation with Mercy Corps’ Chief Communications Officer, Jeremy Barnicle on May 24th from 7:00pm to 8:30 pm.

Tickets: $10, available at Brown Paper Tickets, by phone (503-896-5747) or in person at the Mercy Corps Action Center.
Joe Sacco is widely believed to be the creator of war-reportage comics, and is author of American Book Award winner Palestine (1996), and Safe Area Goražde,The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95, which won the Eisner Award and was a New York Times Notable Book, and Time magazine’s best comic book of 2000.

Born in Malta and raised in Australia, Los Angeles, and Portland, Sacco’s books are available in 14 languages and his work has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harper’s. His book, Footnotes in Gaza (2009) has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award.

Mercy Corps Action Center
28 SW First Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
503-896-5002, option 4

OR – Footnotes in Gaza Lecture

Joe Sacco, Portland cartoon journalist, author of Palestine, and 2012 Oregon Book Award finalist for Footnotes in Gaza, speaks about his work at this rare engagement. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Floating World Comics.

Saturday, February 18, 2-4 p.m.
Multnomah Central Library, U.S. Bank Room
801 S.W. 10th Ave, Portland, OR
Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.

Joe Sacco’s most recent book is Footnotes in Gaza. He is internationally known for his journalistic comics, including Palestine, which won the American Book Award and Safe Area Gorazde, which won the Eisner Award and Time Magazine’s best comic book of 2000. His work has been translated into 14 languages and has appeared in magazines, like Harper’s, Time and Details. He is a current resident of Portland.

TO – Footnotes in Gaza Lecture

Joe Sacco speaks on Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 8PM as a part of the UofT Arts Council 2011 Speakers Series
Innis Town Hall, St. George Street at Sussex Ave (MAP)
Tickets $10 for adults, $5 for students & seniors
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Joe Sacco is one of the world’s premier comic book artists and is widely recognized as a central figure in bringing graphic novels and sequential art into the cultural mainstream. His works including Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde, and The Fixer and Other Stories are frequently featured on university syllabi, in programs ranging from English to Political Science to Peace and Conflict Studies.

A Guggenheim fellow, Sacco’s work has been profiled by the BBC, Time Magazine, Details, Harper’s and the New York Times. He will be speaking on a variety of subjects including his newest work, Footnotes in Gaza, his return to the Gaza strip and his attempt to get to the heart of a brutal incident from the region’s past.

NH – Cartoon Journalism Lecture

Joe Sacco speaks on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 5pm

Where: Kemeny 008, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Sacco traveled to the Middle East for the first time in 1992 and came away from Israel and the occupied territories with the material that would make up his groundbreaking two-part comic book series Palestine. An accessible, thoughtful, and moving book of Middle East political journalism achieved through the innovative use of comics, Palestine won an American Book Award. Sacco’s first major follow-up to the book was titled Safe Area Gorazde and based upon Sacco’s recent travels to the war-torn region. It received major attention from the mainstream press, such as TIME magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.

Presented in collaboration with The Center for Cartoon Studies and the Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College.  Sponsored by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.

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