Historic Georgetown Steam Plant Powers Graphic Novel

An atist works outside the Georgetown Steam Plant.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light has selected David Lasky and Mairead Case to create a fictionalized graphic novel about the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.

Built in 1906, the Georgetown Steam Plant advanced industrial architecture in its time through the early use of reinforced concrete employed on a massive scale. It was also forward thinking in its turbine generator design that greatly increased power generation capability across the nation, and in turn influenced modern power generators.  This project offers the opportunity to bring Seattle history to life, as demonstrated through the development and use of this building.

“We are thrilled to have David Lasky and Mairead Case create a story grounded in the experiences of the people and significance of the steam plant’s history,” says Lynn Best, Chief Environmental Officer Seattle City Light. “Their narrative will reach beyond Seattle and will tell the story of the historic plant as it transitions from retirement into a fully realized cultural space.”

David Lasky

Mairead Case

Lasky and Case will write and illustrate a compelling fictionalized graphic novel that incorporates aspects of the Georgetown Steam Plant’s history. Lasky will serve as the illustrator and bring his skill as a comic book artist with fine art sensibilities’.. Case, serving as the writer, will develop storylines that bring in historical information with a fictionalized narrative to ignite wonder and joy about this special building. Both have works previously published including Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank Young and David Lasky and See you in the Morning by Mairead Case.

Lasky and Case were selected from an open call inviting comic writers, artists, and illustrator teams from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia to apply. Seventy-one applications were reviewed by a selection panel that included Taneka Stotts, editor, comics artist, and creator of award winning anthologies; Kelly Froh, comics artist and co-founder of Short Run Comics and Arts Festival; and Larry Reid, Fantagraphics Bookstore Manager and President of the Georgetown Merchants Association.

The team will begin work immediately with in-depth research.  As part of the project, they will be sharing progress throughout the next year in a combination of online updates and in-person events.

The finished book will be printed and made available free of charge through regional libraries, museums, and schools in 2019.  The Georgetown Steam Plant graphic novel is commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture and is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds.

One of the generators inside the Georgetown Steam Plant.

Learn About Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel Project at July 8 Open House

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light, has put out a call for submissions from an artist or team of artists interested in writing and illustrating a fictionalized graphic novel which incorporates aspects of the Georgetown Steam Plant’s history.

The call for submissions is open to all professional writers/artists/illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia. Experienced and published graphic writers/artists/cartoonists encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 11 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The chosen artist or team of artists will receive an $85,000 commission.

Want to learn more? The Office of Arts & Culture is offering a free, optional workshop on July 8 at the Georgetown Steam Plant, where staff will be able to answer questions regarding the project and the online application system. Guided tours of the Georgetown Steam Plant are also available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on that day, so you can get to know the prospective subject.  Visit the Georgetown Steam Plant website for driving and parking access information.

Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel Workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Georgetown Steam Plant
6605 13th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108

To read more about the project and what will be covered in the workshop, visit the Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel project page at the Office of Arts & Culture website.

 

 

Historic Georgetown Steam Plant powers graphic novel call for artists

In a truly innovative call for artists, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light, is looking for an artist/artist team to create a fictionalized graphic novel about the historic Georgetown Steam Plant.

Built in 1906, the Georgetown Steam Plant advanced industrial architecture in its time through the early use of reinforced concrete employed on a massive scale. It was also forward thinking in its turbine generator design that greatly increased power generation capability across the nation, and in turn influenced modern power generators.

The artist/artist team will write and illustrate a compelling 200-page fictionalized graphic novel that incorporates aspects of the Georgetown Steam Plant’s history. This new historical graphic novel should be written and illustrated for all-age appropriateness, but with a teen and older reading audience in mind. The artist will maintain copyright to the work, and the City of Seattle will have licensing/distribution rights to distribute free of charge to area schools, libraries, museums, non-profits, and relevant professional organizations. The City of Seattle also will maintain licensing rights to electronically distribute the work free of charge through the Seattle Public Library, Seattle City Light and/or ARTS.

Don’t wait, now’s your chance to make history. Apply now, the deadline is August 15.

Want to know more?

Eligibility

This call is open to all professional writers/artists/illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia. Artist teams are required to have one member that meets the residency requirement. Experienced and published graphic writers/artists/cartoonists encouraged to apply. Students are ineligible to apply.

Budget

The budget for this project is $85,000 all inclusive. This budget assumes approximately $20,000 in printing costs for 1,000 copies of the graphic novel, a $50,000 author/illustrator artistic fee, and $15,000 in support budget and project management fees. The amounts all are inclusive of Washington State sales tax. (For out-of-state artists, the tax will be deducted from the commission).The selected artist/artist team will work with the Project Manager to establish a budget outline and work plan and will adjust as needed.