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ZICS // Zine & Indie Comic Symposium 2017

ZICS poster

This year we’re celebrating five years of ZICS in style.

We kick off on the Friday 18 August with our Drink’n’Draw Pub Scrawl, which commences at Betty’s Espresso & Bar, West End at 6pm.

The festival will continue at The Edge on Saturday 19 August, celebrating self-publishing and print culture with a series of panels, workshops and mixer events held over three days.

Free entry to the Zine and Indie Comic fair, workshops, and panels ranging from gender identity to copyright and is repeated on Sunday.

Capping off the Saturday festivities for the very first time, ZICS is throwing the party of 2017: The ZICS Party Boat! Leaving from the Cultural Pontoon that’s located opposite The Edge at 6pm.

 

To find out more, head to the ZICS Facebook page and event.


Sober Bob at ZICS 2017

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When I attended the 2016 ZICS, I had no idea what kind of path my budding-zine-creator self would be taking over the next 12 months. Sitting at my little half table, with my handful of zines and some cute patches, I was met with friendly faces, keen to see some new stuff – some people had seen me before at the GOMA fairs, and I felt giddy being recognised as my artist name Sober Bob.


For those who are unfamiliar, Zines and Independent comics are self-published, independently created works usually produced in small amounts, made for passion over profit, and are about a diverse range of topics from music to politics and everything in-between – you generally won’t find any caped superheros amongst the world of indie comics and zines.

I fell into zine making and the arts after leaving a messy job and flunking out of university. After much research, I discovered Copy and Destroy, a zine library and free printing service for the youth of Brisbane, and to my glee, was able to print off enough zines to launch myself into the scene.

After ZICS, I just wasn’t content to let zines fall to the wayside in my life. I began collecting and researching, along with making and distributing my own. And with that hard work, I became the “Zine Librarian” of Copy and Destroy, with the support of Visible Ink.

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Sober Bob at the GOMA Zine Fair

 

Copy and Destroy started as a small zine library, liberated from being thrown to the bins, by Adam L. (Obscene Fanzine), and kept up by many dedicated volunteers over time. Along with being an accessible zine library, Visible Ink houses it with printing and art services to help young people get their projects off the ground.

And now, at the 2017 ZICS, I’ll be hosting my own table, participating in the C+D table, and helping with workshops and event coordination. So many times I have heard people attending ZICS wondering how they could begin their own projects, and I hope I can ensure that more people are able to express themselves in this liberating medium.

If you’re coming down to ZICS on the 19th or 20th, come visit our tables and see what Copy and Destroy is all about. Or you could also come along to our panel ‘C+D Zine Librarianship Panel’, with Johnny Valkyrie, former Librarian of the Australian Cultural Library zine collection, and Bianca Martin from Melbourne’s Sticky Institute on the 19th, from 2pm on the Mezzanine level at The Edge.

 

Guest Blog post by Sober Bob

 


2017 Zine & Indie Comic Symposium

We kick off on the Friday 18 August with our Drink’n’Draw Pub Scrawl, which commences at Betty’s Espresso & Bar, West End at 6pm.

The festival will continue at The Edge on Saturday 19 August, celebrating self-publishing and print culture with a series of panels, workshops and mixer events held over three days.

Free entry to the Zine and Indie Comic fair, workshops, and panels ranging from gender identity to copyright and is repeated on Sunday.

Capping off the Saturday festivities for the very first time, ZICS is throwing the party of 2017: The ZICS Party Boat! Leaving from the Cultural Pontoon that’s located opposite The Edge at 6pm. Dinner and a full evening of all things self-publishing. Tickets $25 on the day which includes dinner. Meet 5pm at The Edge.

ZICS poster

 

 


ZICS // Same Stuff, Different Punks

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Fanzines aren’t news to anyone and have been an integral part of punk and hardcore subcultures since the early 80’s. They gave a platform to bands who’d not receive any media attention and proliferated a relatively closed off culture. Fast forward thirty years and fanzines are still being made, this time with greater accessibility.


Too Fat to Skate founder, Matt Lynch will be joined Olly from Sydney based zine-come-record-label Lost Boy and Luke Bell from Brisbane zine / website The Last of Our Kind / More Than Tape will speak on this panel.

This panel will cover physically printed fan zines stand within the modern punk and hardcore world, how to best utilize the resources available to create hone a consistent zine, and expanding from being a stand alone zine into something more.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 


ZICS // Same Stuff, Different Punks

ZICS Thumb

Fanzines aren’t news to anyone and have been an integral part of punk and hardcore subcultures since the early 80’s. They gave a platform to bands who’d not receive any media attention and proliferated a relatively closed off culture. Fast forward thirty years and fanzines are still being made, this time with greater accessibility.


Too Fat to Skate founder, Matt Lynch will be joined Olly from Sydney based zine-come-record-label Lost Boy and Luke Bell from Brisbane zine / website The Last of Our Kind / More Than Tape will speak on this panel.

This panel will cover physically printed fan zines stand within the modern punk and hardcore world, how to best utilize the resources available to create hone a consistent zine, and expanding from being a stand alone zine into something more.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 


ZICS // Same Stuff, Different Punks

ZICS Thumb

Fanzines aren’t news to anyone and have been an integral part of punk and hardcore subcultures since the early 80’s. They gave a platform to bands who’d not receive any media attention and proliferated a relatively closed off culture. Fast forward thirty years and fanzines are still being made, this time with greater accessibility.


Too Fat to Skate founder, Matt Lynch will be joined Olly from Sydney based zine-come-record-label Lost Boy and Luke Bell from Brisbane zine / website The Last of Our Kind / More Than Tape will speak on this panel.

This panel will cover physically printed fan zines stand within the modern punk and hardcore world, how to best utilize the resources available to create hone a consistent zine, and expanding from being a stand alone zine into something more.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 


ZICS // Health, Creating and Me

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Being a creator is hard enough. When you have physical or mental health issues it adds an additional barrier to work through.


Matthew Nicholls, creator of Indie Comic Previews, publisher Boy In A box Productions and writer, will be joined by illustrator and zinester Philip Dearest and Laura (Bloomurder Zines) to discuss being a creator while dealing with their own health issues.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 

 

 


ZICS // Health, Creating and Me

ZICS Thumb

Being a creator is hard enough. When you have physical or mental health issues it adds an additional barrier to work through.


Matthew Nicholls, creator of Indie Comic Previews, publisher Boy In A box Productions and writer, will be joined by illustrator and zinester Philip Dearest and Laura (Bloomurder Zines) to discuss being a creator while dealing with their own health issues.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 

 

 


ZICS // Health, Creating and Me

ZICS Thumb

Being a creator is hard enough. When you have physical or mental health issues it adds an additional barrier to work through.


Matthew Nicholls, creator of Indie Comic Previews, publisher Boy In A box Productions and writer, will be joined by illustrator and zinester Philip Dearest and Laura (Bloomurder Zines) to discuss being a creator while dealing with their own health issues.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 

 

 


ZICS // Quick ‘n’ Dirty: How To Make Minicomics

down and dirty mini comics workshop

Comics may seem like a huge time investment, but huge ‘n’ epic isn’t always best!


Petrie Press creator Alisha Jade takes the process of comics and demonstrates how to make a minicomic, fast and cheap!

Alisha has been making Minicomics for three years and combines an enthusiasm for structural experimentation with a love of storytelling. With minicomics ranging from sci-fi to queer heartfelt growth, cute to horrific, she believes you can do anything with minicomics, even on a limited schedule and budget.

You can see Alisha’s work at petriepress.com.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 2pm – 3pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank

 

 


ZICS // Quick ‘n’ Dirty: How To Make Minicomics

down and dirty mini comics workshop

Comics may seem like a huge time investment, but huge ‘n’ epic isn’t always best!


Petrie Press creator Alisha Jade takes the process of comics and demonstrates how to make a minicomic, fast and cheap!

Alisha has been making Minicomics for three years and combines an enthusiasm for structural experimentation with a love of storytelling. With minicomics ranging from sci-fi to queer heartfelt growth, cute to horrific, she believes you can do anything with minicomics, even on a limited schedule and budget.

You can see Alisha’s work at petriepress.com.

 

Event details.

  • Sunday 21 August
  • 2pm – 3pm
  • Free, no bookings required
  • The Edge, Cultural Centre, South Bank