Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration

Saturday, July 18th 2020!!!

All day!

Due to the pandemic, we postponed our 10th (in-person) fest and decided to mix things up! We wanted to make sure DC still got an opportunity to appreciate and share zines together this summer. Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration was born! Recordings of the panels/workshops are now up on YouTube. See below!

11:30am – 11:55am | Zines in the Classroom

Zines are a fun and interactive medium for students to research and share their ideas. The presentation will cover using zines in a K-12 classroom and recommend some zine book formats and possible themes. Lead by Cosima Storz.

Recommended materials: one sheet of 8.5 X 11 paper (standard printer size) & scissors.

Printable zines: Zines in the Classroom, Girls & Comics
Hands-on
For beginners


12:00pm – 12:25pm | Buah Zine: Storytelling and Connections

Have you always wanted to start your own zine but have talked yourself out of it over and over again? Teta knows that feeling. After launching Buah zine in 2018, Teta wants to share their experience and help others tell their own stories.Kid-friendly
Hands-on
For beginners

12:30pm – 12:55pm | Unique Zine and Art Book Structures

This workshop will explore alternative zine structures for those who would like to spice up their sizing and venture out of the standard 5″ x 8″ formatting. Lead by Golden Dreamsong.

Recommended materials: Plenty of paper, rubber stamps if you have them, a pencil, markers, a spoon or bone folder, card stock if you have it,a few rubber bands, an exacto knife or scissors, coloring materials, and an open mind!

Recommended books/references: Cut and Fold Techniques for Pop-up Designs by Paul Jackson, Pop-up Design and Paper Mechanics by Duncan Birmingham, Making Handmade Books by Alisa J. Golden, The Elements of Pop-up: a Pop-up Book for Aspiring Paper Engineers by David A. Carter & James Diaz, Magic Books & Paper Toys by Esther K. Smith, Crap Hound by Sean Tejaratchi.
Hands-on
For beginners
For experienced zinesters

1:00pm – 1:50pm | Zines in Modern Fan Culture

In the age of fandom culture being widespread on the internet, fan-projects are bigger than ever before. There is vast overlap and intermingling between small stapled artbooks and 50-person perfect-bound anthology projects. But how much can the definition of “zine” cover, and when is when is a “zine” not quite a zine? Lets discuss where zines are, and where they’re going, in today’s world of fan culture. Panelists: Mouna Touré, Kate Simonsen, Leah Ly & Raven SmithFor beginners
For experienced zinesters

2:00pm – 2:50pm | VOTE, Even the Score!

Homie House Press is proud to present VOTE, Even The Score! A panel discussion with the photojournalism students of Bowie State University and how they came together to birth this into the world at such a time as this, 2020 VOTE! This project is a newspaper diving deep into the policies at risk for communities of color during this election year of civil unrest and a world wide health crisis. Wholesome hands and hearts come together through this publication under the leadership of Prof. Jennifer White-Johnson in collaboration with Adriana Monsalve, through the pilot residency program with Homie House Press at Bowie State. Student work is da best work! You are all invited to come to this panel. Show up and show out for black and brown photojournalists! And of course, take home a newspaper and continue to spread awareness to your community! Panelists include Dania Alexis, Nick Purdie, Stacey Amon, and Jack Owusu-Brinfour.Kid-friendly
For beginners
For experienced zinesters

3:00pm – 3:50pm | Research in Comics

While a lot of storytelling is making things up, sometimes it’s necessary to draw from real-world sources while crafting your comics, and that’s when you need some research! Whatever the genre, research helps make stories stronger and ground them in a fleshed-out world. Sierra Barnes, Grace Desmarais, Jasmine Pinales, and Anna Sellheim talk about the challenges and opportunities of making comics that draw from various sources, what those sources are, and some advice on how to do it yourself.

Resources mentioned at the panel today: https://unsplash.com/, https://datesanthology.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/9631432-cartooning, https://www.loc.gov/, New York Public Library,  https://buyolympia.com/Item/crap-hound-no9, https://www.si.edu/openaccess, https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours,  VizRep app, Mixam.com, Understanding Comics: The Visible Art by Scott McCloud.
For beginners
For experienced zinesters

4:00pm – 4:25pm | Keep Your Ear To The Ground: An Overview of DC Punk Fanzines from 1976 to 2020

Since 1976, fanzines have been an integral part of the DC punk subculture. My presentation provides a brief overview of punk zines in DC and their connections to music, activism, graphic design, communication, and more. I will also discuss the DC Punk and Indie Fanzine collection at the University of Maryland, which I have curated since 2014. Lead by John Davis.For beginners
For experienced zinesters

4:30pm – 4:55pm | Binding Zines using Saddle Stitch

Zines are typically bound using staples, but sometimes staplers are too small or too weak to securely and neatly bind pages together. In this workshop, you will learn an alternative method called “saddle stitching” that avoids these problems. Lead by Bethany Simard.

Recommended materials: paper (3-10 sheets of 8.5 X 11 paper), string or thread (embroidery or waxed thread is ideal but anything is fine), a needle with an eye big enough to thread the string of choice, ruler, pencil, scissors. Optional: something besides needle to poke holes into paper (awl, craft pick, pointy metal skewer, dental tool?)

Printable how-to saddle stitch zine.
Hands-on
For beginners
For experienced zinesters

5:00pm – 5:50pm | Live From Here…a discussion of how cartoonists are using social media to document and share lived experiences in 2020

How has the trend to post serialized comics on Instagram combined with home quarantine created a new form of a daily memoir, and a way for artists to tell and share their stories? From James Kochalka’s American Elf, to the daily emails from the Nib, we are used to receiving digital serialized comics. Still, in the Covid-19 pandemic, the trend reliance on the internet to make and read daily posts and serialized is becoming it’s own form of comic consumption and distribution. Panel host C. Ryan Patterson will discuss this topic with artists: Erin Lehrmann, Joe Maccrone, Kevin Sherry, and Whit Taylor, and explore the artist/cartoonist relationship with social media to make and share work in this unprecedented time.Kid-friendly
For beginners
For experienced zinesters