14 April 2008

zine workshop report

Filed under: illustration,western sydney,writing,young writers — westword @ 8:53 pm

The first event in the western Sydney young people’s literature project took place on Saturday—a zine workshop at The Burbs Youth Week Festival. As I’ve mentioned before, the workshop was led by the wonderful young artist Leigh Rigozzi.

The workshop was a bit of an experiment in a way—how would such a workshop work at what was primarily a music festival? Would people know what a zine was? Would anyone turn up?!

Well, they did turn up—although no-one really had heard of zines before—and those who joined in the workshop had a great time. We had probably more than 20 young people (from 7 to 19) join in over three hours or so, and they all thought Leigh was great. Leigh had brought samples of his work, and the common reaction to seeing his fantastic comic-style art was mad!

The idea was that the participants would make a page about their life in western Sydney, featuring text and illustrations. A few of them claimed they were no good at art, but Leigh encouraged and guided them. He also made some cartoons on the spot about the festival, which were brilliant in their wit and observation.

Some of the younger kids wanted to take their pages home, but we got enough to make a modest zine, which we’ll be producing in the coming weeks. (I even contributed a page, despite the fact that, as my dear dad always said (affectionately), if I were a horse, I couldn’t draw a cart…)

So thanks to Aaron and Zack and the “Maccas servers” girls from Liverpool and the Young family and everyone else who joined in. Special thanks to Leigh. We’ll be working with Leigh and other cartoonists, graphic novelists and zinesters in the western Sydney project as time goes on.

Here’s a photo of Leigh with some of Saturday’s zinesters. (Leigh is the one with the beard 😉 ) More photos at my flickr site.



  1. I’m glad it went well. I was gonna come around and do a page or two (I had already started writing a few Blacktown stories in my head) but was doing a whole bunch of other stuff that by the time I decided to join in at the zine tent it was all packed up! I’d love to see the zine though.

    By the way, I’m Luke, the guy who was doing the hip hop film screening and I wrote my email down on that mailing list sheet too.

    Comment by Luke — 15 April 2008 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Luke,

    So good of you to leave a comment! How did you find the blog?

    I’m sorry you weren’t able to come back to the zine—sounds like you’d have had some fabulous contributions. You should have just muscled in! Anyway, I’ve got you on the mailing list and will let you know about future workshops that you might be interested in.



    Comment by westword — 15 April 2008 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  3. I found the blog by just doing a google search of ‘zine workshop burbs fest’ because I wanted to find out more about the guy doing the workshop as well as just find out more about it. I guess it worked.

    Comment by Luke — 15 April 2008 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  4. Excellent, Luke! Glad it worked. I’ll be in touch.


    Comment by westword — 15 April 2008 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

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