Independents' Day is a D.I.Y. fair of zines, records, comics, info stalls, etc. With workshops, screenings, performances and exhibitions. The 2009 event is to be held from 12-5pm at the Dublin Food Co-Op, 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8. Workshops comprise:
12.30 – 2.00pm: Mini comic workshop. Ages 8+ by Paddy Lynch (creator of Last Bus).
In this workshop (roughly 1 hour in length) independent comic artist and publisher Paddy Lynch will take participants through the different stages of sequential storytelling, character creation and mini-comic making. Starting with the basics of sequential storytelling each participant will tell a simple "knock knock" joke in a four panel comic strip. Next, the group will collaborate with Phil (Matter) Barrett and Paddy in creating a cartoon character by combining attributes like "types of animal" with "type of occupation" (eg "Fox Postman", "Elephant Pilot",). Following this each person can create their own individual character to be used in a small 7 page mini-comic they can take home at the end of the class.
2.10 – 4.00pm: Make Your Own: Books, Zines and the Art of DIY Publishing by Natalia.
Natalia has been involved in Do It Yourself publishing for many years. From producing her own zine Sweet Olive, touring around the USA as part of a zine reading tour before returning to Dublin to set up Red Ink radical book and zine shop with husband Willie which between 2004-6 was a hotbed of independent publishing in Dublin. Now based in Leitrim, Natalia and Willie set up their own publishing company and recod label Stitchy Press. They have already released five records (by such Irish bands as Sea Dog, Party Weirdo, Excuses, De Novissimis, Heat Lightening) and their first book Transmorphosis & Other Short Story by Boris Belony. Here Natalia presents a two hour workshop that in her own words: “ sums up everything I know about diy publishing.”
4.15 – ?: History of Zine Making in Ireland by various.
Informal discussion by old time zinesters PA (A Nuclear Threat/ Paranoid Visions), Niall Hope (Whose Life Is It Anyway/ React) and more (tbc) chat about producing zines back in the day: their motivations, places to distribute, etc.