hey, guys, psst, live in London? want a drawing of you to keep? around after school/college tomorrow at 7pm? fancy doing something arty? There is an ace event for young people going on at the Royal Academy which I’m taking part in, alongside some other amazing artists/performers. It should be really fun and if people can make it I would love to see you there tomorrow night! All the details are here
On our day of rest between the two “let’s make zines” workshops Raighne and I had coffee at Kleines Café with Tilo Schwarz, the curator of “…and other stories”. Tilo was enamored with the chocolate vegan cake because it was not too sweet. I had a spicy chocolate tea and Raighne a double expresso. It was so fun to talk to Tilo about comics in Germany, Belgium, France and the US. I also asked many questions about the logistics behind the exhibit. I’m so excited to see what Tilo does in the future with comics and for future collaborations with him! <3 <3 <3
“let’s make zines!” Workshop 2 @ Zeitraumexit (Mannheim, Germany)
The second workshop was more structured. It was a group of graphic design students, half of them photographers, and most of which had done little drawing except for of a couple of cartoonists and a graffiti artist. Their teachers and the exhibit sponsors from the US Consulate General Frankfurt also attended.
We started out in the gallery where we talked about 2dcloud and our work as publishers and cartoonists. Then we returned to the classroom. I was really excited by Theresa’s paper folding techniques (from the first workshop) so I drew them on the board while Raighne talked about zines. It was neat to see how many people incorporated the different bookmaking techniques in their zines.
As a group the energy was very different from the first workshop. People worked more slowly and made much longer zines. It was a little harder to get them to break out of the box, but we were pleasantly surprised when a group of girls teamed up to make a group zine about a murder mystery involving food.
I was so happy to see Raighne making zines throughout the two workshops. As a publisher he never has time to make his own comics. I love the panel he drew of Sean T. Colins and Julia Gfrörer <3 <3
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Hello there, Melbournians! I made a little internet flyer for my next workshop, which will be with Thomas from Sticky Institute at NGV’s Ian Potter Centre! This is open to all ages and skill levels, you can make your first zine or begin your next zine! It is completely free, with free photocopying and supplies. Check out what else is going on for The Dawn’s opening weekend here.
“let’s make zines!” Workshop 1 @ Zeitraumexit (Mannheim, Germany)
Raighne and I enjoyed teaching this workshop very much. It was an interesting mix of artists and non-artists and we got to meet our German tumblr cartoonist friends helenstefenies and lichtberg! The creativity level was very high. It was a loose, unstructured framework that we built around the direction everybody seemed to be headed in. We spent most of the day drawing zines, Raighne gave random lectures about self-publishing and what his zine philosophy is.
I like that we kept things open enough that the participants suggested some of the best ideas. Theresa taught everyone a cool way to fold zines. Helen suggested that we all finish the day making a 15 minute comic and we thought it should encapsulate ideas from what people had learned from each other that day. Some very nice collaborations came together and every zine was so good. It was a great group of people! We were happy that Tilo, Benjamin, Charlotte and Theresa from zeitraumexit were a part of the workshop and made zines with us. :)
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tammymercure: Hello! If you or your followers are interested I am doing a zine workshop in Bristol, VA at the Grind House on October 4th at 7pm. It is for those who want to know how to get started and for those already making them to show their work. Hope to see you there. Got your zine in the mail- it was awesome.
Thank you for submitting this, it looks amazing! I will try to make it. Thank you for getting the zine too, I am glad you enjoyed it!
Hey! If you’re in Edmonton or can get there by Friday evening, you can come attend a workshop that @mattmcguigan and I are teaching! We’re gonna help people make zines, all while accompanied by some live music.
Zine Making Workshop Series presented by: Community Action Centre of The Student Association of George Brown College!
Join in the Spirit of DIY/DIT (do-it-yourself/do-it-together)! Experiment with your creativity and voice. No experience necessary. Supplies provided. Vegan snacks. Free. Open to all.
Winter Dates & Themes:
Tuesday February 24│2-4 p.m.│George Brown College St James Campus│ 200 King Street East │RM 165B Race, Racialization & Anti-racism facilitated by: Asam Ahmad
Asam Ahmad is a multidisciplinary writer, poet, scholar and community organizer. He has been actively involved in student, queer and social justice and arts movements locally and nationally for the past 10 years. He is passionate about zines and zine making to help amplify the writing and voices of the most marginalized. His writing and poetry have appeared in CounterPunch, Briarpatch magazine, Shameless Magazine, Now Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous and Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence.
Tuesday March 31│2-4 p.m.│George Brown College St James Campus│ 200 King Street East │RM 165B Worker’s Rights/ Disability facilitated by: TBA
When you enter through the main entrance (at 200 King Street) keep walking straight and there is a ramp located at the far end of the lobby. It will lead you to student services area where there is an accessible elevator. You can take the elevator to the ground floor where the CAC is located (165B).
ASL available upon request
For all other accommodation please contact Siva-Jeevini by *Janurary 21st*.
The Community Action Centre (CAC) is a place for George Brown College students who care about social justice to gather together and support each other, share ideas, socialize, build community, and raise awareness of issues within their communities.
The City Dreams Youth Zine Workshop took place Sunday, June 23rd, at the 15th Annual Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI. The workshop facillitators were Becca Hayes from Michigan State University; Katie Violet Livingston and Casey Miles from Michigan State University and Queer Theory Playground, and Rachel Storm from Outta the Mouths of Babes Youth Radio Project, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, and myself. Another person who was going to co-facilitate decided not to, which none of us had a problem with since five of us was plenty.
Using guided collage-making, youth will envision their cities as dream-cities – full of art, culture, safe homes and strong communities. Youth participants will think through how they could improve their own communities as they create images of what they desire in their cities, neighborhoods, or homes. Collaged images will be assembled into a zine, “City Dreams!,” and copied for all youth participants and distributed in small circulation at the AMC conference.
We had a great time! Five kids attended and three adults. Of the eight, four had never heard of zines before, so there was a nice mix of teaching and sharing of experiences.
We talked about how zines can be a great way to share your art and writings, and also how collaborative zines are a great way to create community. That was a great lesson for me to learn, as I had never made a collaborative zine before.
Before: Prepping For The Workshop
Since we lived in three different cities, we used email to plan the workshop, and we met once we got to AMC to go over some details.
I brought pre-folded pocket zines and instructions on how to fold them- to show that there are different types of zines, and because pocket zines are totally awesome.
But the main reason I brought the pocket zines was to retain what I think is the most powerful moment in a zine workshop: That moment when a person realizes “I can use this to say anything I want… what do I want to say?”
When a zine workshop has a theme, it can take away from the feeling of empowerment, and can make zine-making feel like it’s not something a person can do on their own. I thought that spending a few minutes encouraging kids to make their own pocket zines later might increase the empowerment factor.
During: City Dreams Youth Zine Workshop
It was so much fun! We shared some information about zines, talked about healthy communities, what we liked about the cities that we lived in, and just chit-chatted in general while we worked.
[DESCRIPTION: Siuloong did an awesome four page spread for City Dreams zine about what makes great community]
I met some really cool people that day, but I really have a special place in my heart for Amarisa, who is maybe 9 or 10. She talked about how the police in her school make her feel unsafe.
[DESCRIPTION: Amarisa’s zine pages about police abusing power, part of the City Dreams zine made at #AMC2013]
I took the opportunity to validate her feelings, and said “That’s really crappy that you feel unsafe in school, and I want you to know that there are people who are working to get the police out of your school, and I hope they do it soon.” And she said “Yes, because that’s where I go to get my education, and I should feel comfortable there, so I can focus on learning!” It was such a rewarding experience for me.
The other kids who were there had made zines before, but Amarisa and her friend Angel had never heard of zines before. When I gave them the pocket zines, they were so excited that they had a medium that they could use to express themselves. I hope they do! Their voices matter!
[DESCRIPTION: City Dreams zines contributor Jamii did an illustration about backyard gardens: “Sankofa, valuing the earth.”]
I kept a close watch on time to have plenty of time for working on the zine, and so we would have enough time to share at the end of the session. Even so, everyone was working down to the last minute!
Our group was really creative. I let them know that it was OK if they took their zine pages home to finish them rather than have them be included in the zine, because it’s nice to have options. I think everyone submitted all their pages to the zine, though.
After: Lessons From The Workshop
I asked a participant if she identified as disabled, so I could make note in the zine, to give visibility to disabled and differently abled zinesters. As I asked her, I was reminded of my internalized ableism, and very quickly we realized we had a lot we wanted to talk about, so we went out for coffee and had an amazing conversation about a wide range of topics.
We had such a good conversation that I totally lost track of time and did not have time to go make copies of the zine for participants.
In hindsight I realized there wouldn’t have been enough time anyway. One of the areas we had really failed to plan out was how we planned to print out the zine. I was able to get everyone’s address, and once I got back I copied the zine and mailed them. Everyone got two color copies of the zine, and five black and white copies.
[DESCRIPTION: City Dreams zine]
I was glad I was able to present a workshop at my first AMC. It really contributed to my overall experience.
If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2013. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to our 2013 tour, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.