Seattle is known far and wide for its bustling tech scene, towering Redwoods, and eternal obsession with coffee. It’s also gaining a growing reputation as a hub for artists and art forms of all kinds. One genre, in particular, is springing up out of the city’s art community and connecting artists and their fans: comics.
Emerald City is home to talented comic artists and a passionate comic fan base
Comics have a long history in the U.S., with the first cartoons appearing in the early 1800s. Eventually, standalone cartoons morphed into comic books and graphic novel series enjoyed by millions of fans today.
Seattle comic bookstores are thriving, and more continue to pop up throughout the city. Why? The Washington capital has a growing comic book fanbase and is home to a slew of talented comic artists.
Here are a few of our favorite Seattle-based comic artists and Seattle comic bookstores.
Seattle comic bookstores are popping up all over the city to support its growing population of comic artists and their work. Here are just a few of the stores and artists putting Seattle on the map as a hotbed for comic art.
Seattle comic artists to follow
This award-winning cartoonist teaches comics at Cornish College of the Arts and illustrates well-known comics like The Stranger, as well as graphic novels like her memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me. When she isn’t teaching or working as an illustrator, she serves as a wellness coach and mental health advocate. Follow her work here.
Proving that comic writing is just as much of an art form as illustrating, world-renowned comic writer Ed Brubaker has won five Eisner and Harvey Awards in the last decade. The Seattle native works on a variety of comic, film, and television projects, including comics like Daredevil and the hit series Westworld. Follow his work here.
Peter Bagge is widely known for his comic series Hate and Apocalypse Nerd. Fans love his exaggerated illustrations and dark humor. He won two Harvey awards in 1991 for his work, and he has produced more than 50 publications throughout his career as an artist and illustrator. Follow his work here.
Seattle comic bookstores to check out
This Wallingford neighborhood shop is more than just a comic store; it’s also a non-profit organization that donates all of its profits to benefit local charitable organizations. One of the many charities it supports, Comics4Kids, donates comic books to children to promote literacy.
Golden Age Collectibles
Known as the “World’s Oldest Comic Shop,” this Pike Place Market comic book and collectibles store offers a sprawling selection of classic and modern comics. Equally impressive is its massive inventory of movie posters, scripts, games, and collectibles.
Visitors to Seattle’s Capitol Hill area will want to stop in Phoenix Comics and Games for its wide selection of comics and graphic novels, as well as its assortment of card and board games and many collectibles. The store hosts regular game nights for its loyal network of comic book and gaming aficionados.
Connect (virtually) to Seattle’s comic community
Even though the COVID-19 outbreak has caused events and conventions to be canceled or postponed, organizations like Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con are forging ahead in their virtual support of comic artists, vendors and fans.
Event organizers had to postpone the 2020 event that brings thousands of people to the Washington State Convention Center. However, through August they are offering virtual events and “exhibits” to promote comics, collectibles, and featured artists.
Using the hashtag #ECCCOnline, ECCC regularly announces new live streams and events to keep fans connected to the artistic community.