Susanna Ryan - Seattle Walk Report & Nathan Vass - The Lines That Make Us

Join us for this special event as we explore Seattle through the lens of two influential authors/artists who know how to capture the Northwest!  

Seattle Walk Report

Instagram sensation Seattle Walk Report uses her distinctive comic style and eagle eye to illustrate the charming and quirky people, places, and things that define Seattle's neighborhoods.

Leveraging the growing popularity of Seattle Walk Report on Instagram, this charming book features comic book-style illustrations that celebrate the distinctive and odd people, places, and things that define Seattle's neighborhoods. The book goes deep into the urban jungle, exploring 24 popular Seattle neighborhoods, pulling out history, notable landmarks, and curiosities that make each area so distinctive. Entirely hand-drawn and lettered, Seattle Walk Report will be peppered with fun, slightly interactive elements throughout which make for an engaging armchair read, in addition to a fun way to explore the city's iconic, diverse, hipster, historic, and grand neighborhoods.

The artist behind Seattle Walk Report, Susanna Ryan, is a self-taught cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. After discovering a love for exploring Seattle by foot, she anonymously started the Instagram comic series Seattle Walk Report in 2017. With her keen eye for Seattle's overlooked landmarks and everyday ephemera, she captures everything that makes the Emerald City magical. Her work has appeared in Seattle magazine, the Stranger, Seattle Refined, The Evergrey, and the Seattle Review of Books, as well as on KOMO News and 107.7 The End.

The Lines That Make Us

Seattle’s 7/49 bus line takes riders from Rainier Beach to the University District and carries over 11,000 people every day.  If you’re a regular evening rider on this route, you might know bus driver Nathan Vass, who has written about his experiences in his blog, “The View from Nathan’s Bus,” since 2012.  Today he’ll speak about some of the short essays and photographs collected in his book, The Lines That Make Us (Tome Press). The stories that Vass tells in The Lines That Make Us remind us to look around and think about who we’re riding with.

Nathan Vass is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and author by day, and a Metro bus driver by night, where his community-building work has been showcased on TED, NPR, The Seattle Times, KING5 and landed him a spot on Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of the 35 Most Influential People in Seattle.