The 6th Annual OCAD U Zine Fair is coming back to inspire and entertain again! The lobby of 100 McCaul will be packed with vendors selling zines and self-published materials on March 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Join the event!
Every year, Shannon Gerard's Nano Publishing class makes zines and other artist multiples. Their latest creations have just arrived at the Learning Zone including an art zine about feet, an etiquette guide in comic form and a series of postcards featuring x-rayed hands.
Just above the general zine collection, we have put together a display of these new additions to the collection, as well as some items from past years so that you can easily browse the objects that have come out of the Nano Publishing: Independent Publications course.
Eat to the Beat: a rock'n'roll cookzine Tara Bursey "I embarked on this project because so many of my friends in 'rock'- whether they be musicians, DJ's, record store clerks, recording engineers or record collectors - are also total foodies," says Bursey. Featuring music and food in one tasty package.
A timely work with the coming of fall and winter this zine speaks to our "collection" of summers: "I've seen a lifetime of summers come and go; I've witnessed twenty-four seasons of storms, sweat and swarms pass by..."
Singles: a collection of punk romance short fiction
The stories in this collection of short fiction are tied together by the theme of young punks navigating relationships. Some of the relationships we encounter are brand new (the shy guy meets comic shop worker girl who schools him in Doctor Who knowledge), some are casual (the on-again off-again couple who stop in an alleyway for a foiled quickie) and others are being nurtured (the collection is bookended by anniversary stories). Not all of them have happy endings, and there's even a twisted version of O. Henry's Gift of the Magi (better known to me as the Bert and Ernie Christmas gift exchange story) midway through the collection in the story "Feel Good Factor."
Stop by and read about punks in love.
Vicki Nerino's Crud series features characters who live in a sewer doing appropriately disgusting things, like blowing snot on the cloth of a hot air balloon to mend it, and pooing off the edge of the balloon's basket (made of a garbage can) to propel it off the ground.
But each story is really about friendship and the struggles to keep friends safe and sound. With minimal dialogue, Crud Three follows the search for a turtle named Tuna through this underground mess.
If you like gross mixed in with tales of friendship, Vicki's work is for you!
How the world actually works: unscientifically proven facts from Finland
"Modern world theories, the development of science and growing technology has, for a long time, fogged our knowledge of the real facts about how the world actually works," writes Liisa Aaltio. She then proceeds to share "8 unscientifically proven facts" she learned growing up in Finland that explain everyday events.
Each fact is accompanied by drawings illustrating the point. Facts include collecting and placing flowers under your pillow to see your future spouse in your dreams, home gnomes who live behind fireplaces and mess up your house if you behave "improperly," and trolls that will build houses in your teeth if you don't brush the sugar away before bed.
Using non-traditional storytelling — with images surrounding the text rather than following a paneled comic structure — this zine tells an abstract story of spending summers in a cabin and the experiences the characters (or the author) have with surrounding nature.
This brightly coloured, accordion folded zine depicts summery things such as triangular cabins, foxes, girls in summer dresses, forests and preserves such as jellies and jams.
Looking for more opportunities to share your zines before the end of the year? Xpace Cultural Centre is looking for vendors for its 4th annual zine fair.
Santa's Choice Zine Fair will take place from 12 to 6pm on Saturday, December 21st at Xpace (303 Lansdowne Ave, unit 2 main floor — between College and Dundas).
The deadline to register is November 15th, and registrations can be made via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tables are free!
Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. Xpace's exhibit Queenston Quarry is currently showing in the Learning Zone until December 9th.
I ran a screen-printing workshop last wednesday for the OCAD Zine Library, for those who couldn’t attend here is the handout as promised. This will serve as a good enough reference to try it yourself at home. I recommend attempting the drawing fluid method first.