Posts Categorized: Zines and Comics

Risography Foundations

The Risograph is an automated duplicator that efficiently produces multi-color prints with a distinct look and feel. Combining some of the best elements of other print processes (photocopiers, screenprinting, and offset), this print process has a lot to offer comic artists, writers, illustrators, designers, book artists, and more.

Our Risography Foundations class will set students up to successfully operate our RP3700 machine. Beginning with a collaborative print, students will be introduced to the mechanics of the machine. From there, students will create their own zine, mini-comic, or broadside to continue exploring the possibilities of the process.  In addition to gaining authorization to print independently at Spudnik Press, students will be learn a variety of simple book forms that they can use for their independent project.

Risograph machines are known for being rather finicky. Throughout the four weeks, students will learn some best practices for designing for the process, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, and registration. Students will also practice basic maintenance and troubleshooting, including how to change ink, reset and replace the master roll, and fix paper feed issues.

Intro to Riso (3/22/22)

The Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like prints in a variety of saturated colors. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky.

This workshop will introduce students to what risography printing is and how it works. Students will work collaboratively to design and print a poster or mini-publication that combines hand-drawn and collage elements, experiments with color and layering, and explores the aesthetic possibilities of the art form.

If you are curious about this unique printing process and why it’s gaining traction across the realms of comics, zine, and graphic design, please join us for this foray into risography!

Private Lessons: Gap Lessons

“Gap Lessons” are designed to support people transitioning from taking classes to using our Open Studio program, and to offer efficient and focused one-on-one support for people embarking on new projects or who need help working through a particular printing issue.

Taught by our in-house staff of skilled printers/artists, these one-hour lessons can help fill in any gaps that have held you back from getting the most out of your time at the studio.

Lessons are often scheduled preceding an Open Studio session to allow students to work with staff for an hour before their full studio session.

Email to schedule a lesson. Lessons are typically scheduled at least one-two weeks in advance. Instead of enrolling through our website, an online invoice will be sent once a lesson is confirmed. Please include in the email:

  • The specific topic or skill you would like help with
  • Any particular staff you would like to be paired with
  • Availability: days, evenings, weekends, etc.

Please note that gap lessons are not designed to provide authorization, but instead boost your confidence within the studio. Based on the skill or topic you would like to focus on, we may recommend a longer lesson.

Gap lessons are $45 for a 1-hour session. Members of Spudnik receive a discounted rate of $40/hour.