Megan Kelso

Short Run Slideshow Series 2021

(Watch Time: 25 minutes, 27 seconds) 

Megan Kelso discusses her work on Crow Commutean 85-foot long comic etched in steel, which will be installed at the new Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle Center in September 2021. A prolific and well-established comic artist, Crow Commute is Megan’s first large-scale public artwork.



 The Golden Lasso, Comic Page by Megan Kelso, 2019.


 About the Artist

Following a brief stint at art school, Megan Kelso completed her B.A. at The Evergreen State College in 1991 where she studied history and political science. Inspired by the explosion of zines, bands, and DIY art projects in Olympia, she started her “Girlhero” mini-comic which ran for six issues. She was the first woman to receive funding from the Xeric Foundation for her comic. Comics from “Girlhero” were compiled into a book published by Highwater Books, titled Queen of the Black Black. Kelso received two Ignatz Awards for her graphic novel Artichoke Tales. In 2007, she was invited by The New York Times Magazine to serialize her “Watergate Sue” comic as part of a weekly Funny Pages feature. In 2019 she was selected for a public art commission as part of the Climate Pledge Arena renovation in Seattle Center. The piece, Crow Commute, will be installed in September 2021. Kelso is at work on her third collection of short stories. Kelso currently lives in Seattle.