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I have been asked to compile/curate a comics exhibition as part of January 2009’s ‘Zinefest’ at The Women’s Library, London.
Due to the nature of the event, it has been decided that this exhibition shall focus on artwork found within comics zines, and self-published comics.

The exhibition will contain whole zines, blown up pages from individual zines, and original artwork from creators.

The exhibition is to specifically focus on UK female comics zine creators, to celebrate and recognise tremendous home-grown talent.

Would you be interested in contributing to this exhibition?

If you are interested, and I hope you will be, there are a few ways to get involved:

1) Send a copy of any comics zine you have made that you would like to feature in the exhibition (both current, and past zines are all welcomed – there’s no date/age specifications)

After the exhibition, all zines will be added to the Women’s Library Zine Archive, and details of the zine will be added to the online zine database, for others to view. If you are happy for your zine to be a part of this archive, please include a note of the date, and place of publication so that it can be correctly archived.


2) Send a particular (blown up?) page from your zine
(s)/online zine that you would specifically like featured in the exhibition


Zinefest is part of a broader ‘magazines’ exhibition being held at the Women’s Library in January called ‘Between The Covers’.

As part of the zine artwork exhibition, I invite you to submit a piece of original comics artwork - drawn especially for zinefest - on the theme of magazines and zines -- eg. a drawing or strip perhaps around a personal experience with a magazine/zine in some way (good, bad, funny, inspirational, etc. as a child/teen/adult etc.) This could even be a piece about an inspiring feminist magazine or zine you have read.


As part of Zinefest, there are many workshops and skills-sharing events occurring throughout the day.

I am asking for individual creators to send me written hints and tips, and ‘how to’ advice to include within the exhibition from comics zinesters to inspire and encourage the further creation of comics zines in the audience.

There is the potential for these ideas, hints and tips to be incorporated into the ‘zine making 101’ workshop to be held at the beginning of the day [get in touch too if you’d like to speak as part of this workshop, from a comics zine perspective].

Also, there will be general tables/supplies left out during the whole day so that anybody can make mini-comics and zine pages, so any hints and tips you can offer will be useful for individuals starting from scratch.


5) Send me details of anybody else
you think would like to be or should be included in such an exhibition who I may have overlooked.

Full details of the event:

Zine Fest!
Saturday 24th January 2009, 12pm-4pm
The Women's Library,
25 Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT


Please PM or email me at: m_k_maddison@hotmail.com for address to send any zines, artwork, individual pages to.

Between The Covers exhibition details:
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomensl ibrary/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming-exhibitions.cfm
Women’s Library’s Zine database:
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/searchth ecollections/printed-collections/zines/zine-index.cfm

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Many thanks for reading, I hope we can create a terrific exhibition really exploring all the amazing comics zines that we create.

I'm looking at, if possible, a deadline of the first week of December 2008 for recieving contributions to the exhibition (so that we miss the Christmas rush!) But asap would be great!

I would love to hear from you; please feel free to fire any questions my way that you may have.

All the best, Melanie xox

Tags: comics, exhibition, female, uk, women, zine, zinefest

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You should speak to my friend Siobhan www.livejournal.com/users/wigglymittens she draws great comics of her life that have been in assorted zines
That's totally the sort of connection I was looking for!!
I'm not on LiveJournal, so would you mind PMing me Siobhan's email address, or passing mine on to her? (m_k_maddison@hotmail.com)
Huge thanks xox
morgenmuffel should so be in this!
Trent Rampage said:
morgenmuffel should so be in this!

Yup, Isy is one of the first folks I asked to be involved!
Great minds, Trent!!
god, her stuff are AMAZING!
No problem, will do, she is a little busy at the moment due to starting a new job, but I think she would be interested.

Colouring Outside The Lines said:
That's totally the sort of connection I was looking for!!
I'm not on LiveJournal, so would you mind PMing me Siobhan's email address, or passing mine on to her? (m_k_maddison@hotmail.com)
Huge thanks xox
Trent Rampage said:
god, her stuff are AMAZING!

Did you ever see the interview I did with her, Trent? If not, it's now online at: http://cotlzine.blogspot.com/2008/07/isy-interview.html
Emma Jane Falconer said:
No problem, will do, she is a little busy at the moment due to starting a new job, but I think she would be interested.

Wonderful, thanks for all your help xox
This is hotting up. I've had lots of response so far, including, excitingly, some of the UK's comix zine royalty!

Those due to be a part of this, so far, include:
Isy Morgenmuffel, Lizz Lunney, Julia Pott, Leonie O’Moore, Flo, Gemma Correll, Charlotte – Toe Curl, Erica Smith, Carolyn Alexander, Sarah Lippett, Jenny Linn-Cole, Karrie Fransman, Rosie Brice, Liz Greenfield, sally-anne Hickman, Ellen rogers, caroline Clifford, Kate Anderson, francesca cassavetti, erica akerlund, Rachael House, Stella Starr, Ruth McCarthy, Ellen Lindner

There's still plenty of time to get involved too. Please do!!
Since writing this, we make zines has had many more members join, so I thought I'd bump this post in case newer folks who may not have originally seen the post can be a part of this exhibition of comix zines.
this is a totally cool idea, im really looking forward to seeing what comes out of it.
Oh and I was thinking- have you contacted Craig Atkinson? He might have some links that could be useful, and also the AMP people...

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