The idea really coalesced after last year's Short Run festival. I went to that show with a plan to really canvas the show and see what was there. I don't get to actually shop extensively at shows very often, and I ended up dropping close to a couple of hundred bucks, buying anything that looked even remotely interesting. There was a lot of good work that I felt was probably being overlooked because of either the signal to noise ratio or even just the harsh realities of distribution. If you don't live in a region that has a show like Short Run, you're likely to never be exposed to a lot the work that's there. And I came away from that show realizing that Fantagraphics can provide a platform to get the work out there.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's talk at Town Hall last night was canceled, Sara Bernard reported at the Seattle Weekly. Taylor had received death threats since publicly criticizing Donald Trump at a commencement address. Funny, isn't it, how one canceled Ann Coulter appearance can inspire the mainstream media to talk endlessly about the snowflakes of the left, but Taylor's experience barely makes a dent in the popular consciousness? Anyway, maybe you should read Taylor's new book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.
Megan Burbank at the Mercury reports that Portland's literary community is coming together to support Micah David-Cole Fletcher, a poet who survived last Friday's white supremacist stabbing attack. Portland poets are hosting a number of benefit readings for Fletcher, including one with an appearance by Seattle-area poet Robert Lashley.
HBO has picked up the Julia Roberts-starring adaptation of Seattle writer Maria Semple's novel Today Will Be Different.
Only eight percent of all literary magazines actually pay their contributors.
Speaking of depressing financial realities: want to make comics for a living? Better marry someone who's got a steady, good-paying job!