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Reading and Discussion with Graphics Novelists Ulli Lust and Zak Sally

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 7:00 pm @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Goethe Pop Up Seattle, Chophouse Row
1424 11th Ave
Seattle WA
Goethe Pop Up Seattle

Join Berlin-based comic artist Ulli Lust and Minneapolis-based artist and musician Zak Sally for a reading and discussion of their recent works at Goethe Pop Up Seattle.

In Wie ich versuchte, ein guter Mensch zu sein (How I Tried to Be a Good Person), Ulli Lust takes the readers on the hilarious, yet emotionally complex journey of a young Viennese artist torn between two men. The graphic novel is a powerful memoir that blends personal experiences—stories of sexual obsession, gender conflict, and self-liberation—with broader themes, such as female empowerment, alternative family arrangements, domestic violence, and refugee policies. Lust presents her female character neither as a victim nor a perpetrator, but as a woman overwhelmed by her various roles as partner, lover, and mother.

Lust, born in Vienna, is one of Berlin’s most lauded comics artists. In 2009, she published her prize-winning first autobiographical graphic novel Today is the last day of the rest of your life, reflecting on a heroic hitchhiking trip of two Punk girls. She has illustrated numerous books, including a graphic adaptation of Marcel Beyer’s Flughunde. Her graphic novel Wie ich versuchte, ein guter Mensch zu sein (How I Tried to Be a Good Person) was published by Suhrkamp in 2017. This summer, Fantagraphics Books releases the English translation.

Zak Sally reads from his memoir Folrath, an account of the time when he forged a Greyhound bus pass and traveled the American West with no destination in sight. Sally self-published his first comic zine on a photocopier at the age of thirteen and has been making comics and zines ever since. His work shares with Lust revealing autobiographical details of youthful wanderlust with little regard for consequences.

The event is co-presented with Fantagraphics Books Seattle.

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ABOUT THE GOETHE POP UP SEATTLE Located in Capitol Hill’s iconic Chophouse Row building, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle is here to celebrate the Year of German-American Friendship with you. From October 2018 through November 2019 we will host and support a variety of cultural events such as art exhibits, film screenings, lectures, and panel discussions to promote cultural exchange. We strive to create an innovative international program to give you the opportunity to experience outstanding works by acclaimed artists and speakers related to Germany. The events will take place at the Goethe Pop Up Seattle and around town in collaboration with local community partners. Come join us and discover how Germany and the U.S. can be Wunderbar Together!
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