|l-r: Martin Workman, Kelly Froh, Jenny Gialenes, Eroyn Franklin|
Indeed! We've learned a lot from our years of exhibiting. We also had a few ideas we thought could make our event fun and relaxed. At one of our first meetings we discussed our likes and dislikes with our experiences tabling, and Kelly even poked fun at a few of these things in the comics she drew that we used to promote the event. We knew we wanted our event to be free to the public, and the tables as low cost as possible. We were also familiar with the “dead zones” of a table floor, and tried our best to configure the room so that every table was active (we will be better at this next year). Lots of little things were discussed to make the tablers comfortable and the attendees happy that they came.
How far did the exhibitors travel to attend? I noticed a lot of Portland residents — was there anyone from further afield?
What were some notable successes of the day?
While there is a very healthy arts scene in Seattle, a few people I have spoken to say that it's not quite as closely-knit or as much of a community as the one that exists in Portland. Would you agree with that? Do you think smaller, local events such as Short Run help to foster a stronger community?