Short Run Kickoff! Special Guest Showcase

Kick off the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival with readings and performance by Claudia Chinyere Akole, Anna Haifisch, and Natalia Novia.

Image: Natalia Novia, excerpt from “Guiso” Magazine, No. 1. @natalia_novia_

About this event

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival returns for their (twice postponed) 10th year anniversary!

Join us for an intimate night of readings from three of Short Run’s international special guests: Claudia Chinyere Akole from Australia, Anna Haifisch from Germany, and Natalia Novia from Argentina. All three of these incredible artists have radically different storytelling and drawing styles. Get to know them outside of the bustle of a busy festival!

Thursday November 3, 7:00p – 9:00p
Doors at 7, program begins at 7:30
Light refreshments

The Grocery Studios is at 3001 21st Ave S, Seattle 98144
Carpool, ride share, or light rail is strongly encouraged. We are an 8 minute walk from Beacon Hill light rail station.

  • Indoor masking encouraged
  • Limited seating
  • Please register today for this free event

About the guest artists

Claudia Chinyere Akole is an exhibiting artist, illustrator, cartoonist, designer, animator, and educator based in Sydney, Australia. Claudia has taught design, comics, and animation workshops at various levels including high school, university, and professional settings. Claudia has established the “Tracing Paper Comix” style, which involves creating final comic art traditionally using paint markers on multiple layers of tracing paper. Her visual signature consists of bold block color and abstract line work rendered by hand predominantly in paint and marker mediums.

Anna Haifisch is a working artist, cartoonist, and illustrator in Leipzig, Germany. She studied printmaking and illustration at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. She is a co-founder of the German comics and graphics festival, The Millionaires Club. In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious Max and Moritz Prize as best German comic artist. Her most recent graphic novel is Chez Schnabel published by Spector Books.

Natalia Novia is a comic and zine artist, animation producer, and creature of strange habits living in Buenos Aires, where she was born. Her work appears in the translation of The Confessions by Fabián Iriarte, published by Entre Ríos Books (who are hosting her visit to Seattle). Her first graphic novel, L’ORGANISME, was published in France by Éditions Insula in 2018. And it was presented at the Festival de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême that same year. She is currently working on a new graphic novel called Extraña (she’s strange), a new story of gender diversity. In March 2023, she published an experimental comic in NOW #11 published by Fantagraphics Books with the comic artist Ariel Lòpez V.

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