Posts Categorized: Zines and Comics

Comics Experiments in Risography

Comics are a versatile story-telling medium that combine text and images to tell stories in playful ways. In this comics-based risography class, students will create a series of three experimental comics projects that explore varied approaches to combining text and illustration in simple book forms. Delving into exactly how and why comics work, students will learn about the design and production of microcomics and how to sequence content in a book.

Alongside exploring the art of comics, student will learn the basics of risography printing. Risography is a relatively new mechanical printing process that is rising in popularity among artists and community print studios. Producing offset-like prints in a variety of colors, it is a perfect mode of creation for those interested in illustration, comics, writing or book arts.

Through the professional instruction of Alex Kostiw, by the end of this eight-week class students will know their way around the print shop and be well equipped to continue risography printing independently at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 4 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.

From Pen to Paper: Putting Your Writing Into the World

This 8-week course is ideal for anyone looking to produce their own writing as a zine, graphic novel, memoir, essay collection, novel, or book of poetry. Co-taught by writing instructor Brooke White and publisher Amira Hegazy, students will create two small editions: a poster or zine and a book. Literary posters and zines are used by artists and writers to explore the intersection between the written word and visual art. The book project will introduce pagination, layout, and creative approaches to producing their writing in a book format.

Each of these projects will provide students the opportunity to artistically publish their original content using risograph printing. Additionally, students will receive creative guidance and feedback on their writing, and learn how to structure the length of their book project. Students will also learn the art of bookmaking, traditional and experimental approaches to publishing, and about tools and techniques to produce high-end artist books.

By the end of this course, students will have two unique projects showcasing their original writing.

Please note: Each student will have a dedicated work station and enrollment is limited to 5 students to ensure social distancing. Students will be expected to disinfect shared resources after use and follow all our Covid-related safety precautions. The class fees cover tuition as well as consumable studio supplies.


Additionally, this is an 8 week course with Nov. 24 being taken off for the holiday, resulting in the course end date on Dec. 8.

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 info@spudnikpress.org 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.