Reading and Discussion with Graphics Novelists Ulli Lust and Zak Sally

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.

White Bunnies, Arabic Cola, and the Last Passenger Pigeon: Comic Stories From Germany

Stop by the Goethe Pop Up Seattle to enjoy avant-garde, critical comics from Germany, presented by “Le Monde diplomatique” and the Goethe-Institut.

Le Monde diplomatique is the largest monthly newspaper on international politics and current affairs in the world and is translated into more than 20 languages. The German edition was founded in 1995 by the daily newspaper taz and the Swiss weekly newspaper WoZ. The back cover of the German edition showcases avant-garde, critical comics. These comics offer a bold, often absurd, sometimes melancholic take on politics, everyday life and culture.

At the Goethe Pop Up Seattle, the selection of comics on display enables encounters between ATAK or Anke Feuchtenberger, stars of the German alterative comic scene, book illustrators such as Nina Bude, and young talents, such as Anna Haifisch, Moki Thoka Maer, and Robert Deutsch. Their comics are marked by an excessive use of quotations, free use of a variety of graphic possibilities and stylistic eclecticism, enabling them to move between high art and pop culture.


Capitol Hill Art Walk: Europe Day Celebration at Goethe Pop Up Seattle

Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Alliance Française de Seattle invite you to celebrate Europe Day. Starting at 6pm, visit the new exhibition White Bunnies, Arabic Cola, and the Last Passenger Pigeon: Comic Stories from Germany. Discover avant-garde, critical comics on international politics, culture, and current affairs commissioned by the German edition of the monthly newspaper Le Monde diplomatique. A reception takes place at 6:30pm, with opening remarks by official representatives of Germany and France. And from 7 to 9pm, you have the opportunity to watch a selection of French and German short films. Light refreshments will be provided.

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