Sonoma County Library and the volunteer collective SRZF are excited to announce Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2020 (#SRZF2020), a free online event for all ages happening on Zoom on November 7, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Register for sessions below:
Session 1: RJ Simon & Amanda in Conversation - https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4648950
Session2: Panel Discussion with Maia Kobabe & Tessa Hulls - https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4648980
Session 3: Zine demo by Leah Yael Levy - https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4648965
Santa Rosa Zine Fest will feature an interactive artist conversation between Amanda Ayala and RJ Simon, a discussion between authors Maia Kobabe and Tessa Hulls, a workshop by Yael Levy, and a digital artists’ alley in celebration of zines, mini-comics and local talent.
Spanish interpretation will be available for all sessions. Registration closes at 1pm on Saturday, November 7.
Zines (rhymes with greens) are small do-it-yourself publications that can be about anything—how-to guides, comics, a collection of poetry, an art book, etc. We’re excited to highlight creators of all experience levels in our community and to see what attendees will create.
SRZF2020’s mission is to uplift marginalized voices in Sonoma County, encourage meaningful conversations, inspire new creators and make young artists and activists aware of each other.
About the Artists:
RJ SIMON (he/beefcake)
Hey I'm RJ (He/Beefcake) I'm a doodledreamer. I've been drawing since I was very small and my early influences were magical girl animes, horror movies and Kung Fu. Who doesn't love big action and bright colors? My classical training is in oil and acrylics but still heavily leaning towards the graphic novel spectrum of creating. I'm stoked to use zines to get these exciting pictures out of my brain to share with friends FASTER.
AMANDA AYALA (she, her, ella)
Amanda Ayala is a Xicana Indigenous woman who was born and raised in Santa Rosa. She has ancestral roots in Sonora, Jalisco, and Michoacán Mexico. She has worked extensively with her community to create spaces of refuge for creativity, connection, and healing. She enjoys painting and facilitates workshops on art, ancestral connection and social justice. She uses creativity as a way to communicate and envision a future centered on Indigenous teachings. Amanda is inspired by her family, ancestors & animas, bright watery colors, being with large groups of people who move together and the 7 organizational principles of the EZLN and CNI.
MAIA KOBABE (e, em, eir)
Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator from the Bay Area, California. Eir first full length book, GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, was published in May 2019. Maia's short comics have been published by The Nib and in many anthologies including THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS, FASTER THAN LIGHT Y'ALL, GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE, ADVANCED DEATH SAVES and BE GAY, DO COMICS. Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries.
TESSA HULLS (she, her)
Tessa Hulls is an artist/writer/adventurer who is fascinated by the concept of home. She's currently focusing on her nonfiction graphic novel, Feeding Ghosts (forthcoming in 2022 from MCD at Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux). In the summer of 2020, when Seattle’s Capitol Hill became CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest), Tessa began doing news coverage through comics posted to her Instagram, which went viral.
Tessa is a compulsive genre hopper who has worked in various capacities as an illustrator, lecturer, cartoonist, editor, interviewer, historian, writer, performer, chef, muralist, conductor of social experiments, painter, bicycle mechanic, teacher, and researcher for organizations including The Washington Post, The Henry Art Gallery, The Rumpus, On the Boards, The Seattle Art Museum, Atlas Obscura, The Project Room, Washington Ensemble Theater, Washington Trails Association, Microsoft Research, and others.
LEAH YAEL LEVY (she, her)
Leah Yael Levy is my full name, I prefer that you call me Yael. I am a mixed media artist, storyteller, printmaker and art teacher based in Berkeley, CA. I draw, paint, collage and write. I often self publish my work, and sometimes print and bind it by hand. I love playing with forms and format and mixing digital and tactile techniques.
Born and raised in Israel, I first moved to New York City in 2002 to attend the Art Students League of New York, later I completed a BFA of Illustration from Parsons (2011). After four years with The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, I moved to California to pursue an MFA in Comics at CCA (2017).
About SRZF: SRZF is a volunteer collective founded in 2020 in Santa Rosa to create an annual zine festival focused on community building by creating a space for the arts community of our dreams; one that is radically inclusive, diverse, and accessible. SRZF is a group of gender- and racially-diverse artists and writers who are excited to build community with people of color, queer and trans folks, people of all ability levels and others who feel underrepresented in the arts scene of Sonoma County.
La Biblioteca del Condado de Sonoma y el colectivo de voluntarios SRZF les da placer anunciar Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2020 (#SRZF2020), un evento en línea gratuito para todas las edades que tendrá lugar en Zoom el 7 de noviembre de 2020 a partir de las 2 p.m. a las 5 p.m.
Regístrese para las sesiones a continuación:
Sesion 1: RJ Simon & Amanda in Conversation - https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4648950
Sesion 2: Panel Discussion with Maia Kobabe & Tessa Hulls - https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4648980
Sesion 3: Zine demo by Leah Yael Levy - https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4648965
Santa Rosa Zine Fest contará con una conversación artística interactiva entre Amanda Ayala y RJ Simon, una discusión entre los autores Maia Kobabe y Tessa Hulls, un taller de Yael Levy y una exposición digital de artista en celebración de fanzines, mini-cómics y talentos locales.
Habrá interpretación en español para todas las sesiones. La inscripción cierra a la 1 pm el sábado 7 de noviembre.
Zines son pequeñas publicaciones de bricolaje que pueden ser sobre cualquier tema: guías prácticas, cómics, una colección de poesía, un libro de arte, etc. Estas publicaciones de bricolaje generalmente se reproducen y distribuyen en pequeños lotes.
La misión de SRZF2020 es elevar las voces marginadas en el condado de Sonoma, fomentar conversaciones significativas, inspirar a nuevos creadores y hacer que los jóvenes artistas y activistas se conozcan entre sí.
Acerca de SRZF: SRZF es un colectivo de voluntarios fundado en 2020 en Santa Rosa para crear un festival de fanzines anual centrado en la construcción de la comunidad mediante la creación de un espacio para la comunidad artística de nuestros sueños; uno que sea radicalmente inclusivo, diverso y accesible. SRZF es un grupo de artistas y escritores con diversidad racial y de género que están emocionados de construir una comunidad con personas de color, personas queer y trans, personas de todos los niveles y otras personas que se sienten subrepresentadas en la escena artística del condado de Sonoma.