Friday, January 22, 2016

Call for Submissions: Self Care for Artists & Designers Zine

The OCAD U Zine Collective will be producing a zine this term about self care for artists and designers. Self care can be defined as any intentional act you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. We are interested in all kinds of interpretations of this topic, especially as they relate to the experiences of artists and designers.

We will accept images, writing, comics, poems and more from a serious/semi-serious/humorous/critical/any perspective.

Possible content could include:
  • strategies for how to take care of yourself
  • exercises for artists to help our bodies survive long work sessions
  • workbook content: colouring pages, relaxing projects, connect-the-dots
  • methods for coping with the specific pressures and anxieties creative people experience, such as deadlines, competition, financial struggles, etc.
  • suggestions for how to maintain a healthy work/life balance or develop good routines (in creating or just living)
  • recipes for healthy or comforting food to eat when you're stressed
  • reviews of resources (books, websites, movies, music, podcasts, etc) that you've found to be helpful in staying healthy or reducing stress
  • stories of successes or failures in practicing self care
  • frustrations or challenges with practicing self care

Submission Guidelines:
Each page of the zine will be 8.5 inches x 11 inches in size. Please format your submission to fit this size. Each page of your submission should be submitted as a separate file. Please leave at least a 1/2 inch border on every page, meaning images and text should be centered on the page and no larger than 7.5" x 10". Please provide us with high quality files, with at least 300dpi/ppi resolution.

The zine will be printed in two colours on the risograph. This means that each colour will need to be printed separately, one after the other with time to dry in between. If you would like to use both colours in your submissions, you can do one of the following: 1) submit each page as a Photoshop file, with each colour on a separate layer (max. two colours/layers). 2) Submit each colour as a separate PDF file. All of your files should be submitted in grayscale. Please title your files/layers as "lighter colour" and "darker colour" so that we know how you would like the contrast of the image to work.

Feel free to email us with any questions you may have about formatting your submission(s) before the deadline.

Deadline: February 19th, 2016.

Send submissions to

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New to the Zine Collection

Over at the OCAD Zine Library's Facebook page, in honour of International Zine Month, we've been profiling IZM activities and newly catalogued zines. Here's a selection of zines we've catalogued this month.

Colour Coded: queer abstraction meets fruity frosting — a zine/exhibition guide that combines abstract artwork with queer theory by Jamie Q and Ian Phillips.

Errol Dynamic — a comic about the redemption of a down-and-out galactic hero by Cory McCallum and Matthew Daley.

How To Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat — a zine that lists the tools (including sheet music) for recreating the popular keyboard cat videos by Kristin Cheung.

Asexual Feminism — a series of collaborative zines that explore the connections between asexuality and feminism, edited and compiled by Mage.

Late Bloomers — a series of screenprinted illustrations of Victorian-era children, many of whom are doubled or twin-like, by Sasha Foster.

Stop by during International Zine Month to read these and any of the other 2,000-plus items in our collection.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

International Zine Month 2015

July is fast approaching, which means zine libraries and lovers are gearing up for International Zine Month activities. Alex Wrekk has once again created a calendar of suggested ziney activities for every day of the month.
Suggestions include ordering from a zine distro (we suggest Brown Recluse Zine Distro that specializes in zines by people of colour), writing letters to zine makers (there's a letter-writing event coming up at Toronto's first post office on July 14), leaving zines in public for others to find and visiting your local zine library (come see us!).

Throughout International Zine Month, the Learning Zone will be open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and you can stop by any time to look at our zine collection and make a zine. Just ask a staff member for access to our craft materials. We have lots of collage materials, paper, pencils, staplers and other art supplies for your zine making needs.

We will also be profiling a different zine in our collection online every day, so check back regularly throughout July.

Friday, October 17, 2014

OCADU Ghost Stories Zine & Pumpkinpalooza

Seen ghosts at OCAD? Have a feeling we're not alone in this school? Put your experiences to paper by contributing to the first initiative for this iteration of the OCADU Zine Collective!

The collective reconvened for the 2014-2015 school year at the beginning of October and, for our first project, we decided to get spooky. Many of us have heard ghost stories from staff who have been at OCAD for years, or students who have felt a creepy presence when working late. So we're putting together a collection of ghost stories about OCAD.

Everyone is welcome to contribute. Submissions can include:
  • Personal stories/comics/illustrations of encounters with ghosts at OCAD
  • Fictional ghost stories relating to OCAD
  • Drawings/photographs/collages of ghostly things
If you need help with ideas, supplies to put together your submission, or just want company while you're working on your contribution, join us on Tuesday, October 21 (at 1pm) for a zine making day in the Learning Zone (main floor, 113 McCaul).

Send your spooky submissions to ocadzinelibrary (at) gmail (dot) com by October 27th.

The zine will be released on October 30th at a launch party/pumpkin carving contest in the Student Gallery (52 McCaul). The event (n partnership with the Writing and Learning Centre) will featuring zine readings and a parade of jack-o-lanterns. Costumes are encouraged.

You can also take part the pumpkin carving contest by stopping by the Learning Zone from October 28th-30th to get your hands dirty. The winner of the pumpkin carving contest gets an Above Ground gift certificate.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

International Zine Month calendar

Each July Alex Wrekk creates a calendar of suggested events and activities for zinesters. This years list is available here. Inspired by Wrekk's calendar, OCAD Zine Library made its own calendar, geared more toward people who may never have made or read a zine before. Our calendar is up next to the zine collection throughout July.

The calendar includes activities such as visiting websites for the POC Zine Project, QZAP and Zine Wiki to learn more about a diverse collection of zine makers; starting a zine event with friends; visiting zine stores and libraries online and across Toronto; and reading zines from the OCAD Zine Library's collection.

Check out the OCAD Zine Library's Facebook page for daily Int'l Zine Month calendar updates.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Celebrate International Zine Month With Us July 16th

In 2009, July was declared International Zine Month by frequent zine maker and author Alex Wrekk. In honour of International Zine Month 2014, the OCAD Zine Library is also partnering with the Toronto Zine Library and Broken Pencil magazine to host an event where attendees can immerse themselves in zines on many levels.

Starting at 5pm on Wednesday, July 16th, attendees can come to OCAD University's Learning Zone to hang out, read zines, make zines, collage, make buttons, write letters and listen to readings by zine makers.

There will be a comfortable zine reading area where visitors can look at the over 2,000 zines in OCAD Zine Library's collection. A large maker station will be set up with zine making, collaging and letter writing supplies where attendees are welcome to create whatever they want. Visitors are also invited to either bring images or use the available materials to make their own buttons with a button maker we'll have on site. Buttons are 4 for $1, but you can have your first button for free! Zine readers will be announced shortly, so check back here, or at our Facebook event, for more information.

Finding the Learning Zone: We're located at 113 McCaul, though you can also access the building (a bit closer to the entrance to the Learning Zone) at 122 St. Patrick Street. We are the large glassed in room on the main floor near the Grange Food Court. There is a passkey lock on the door to the Learning Zone, so please knock to gain access.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The 6th Annual OCAD U Zine Fair is coming back to inspire and entertain again! The lobby of 100 McCaul will be packed with vendors selling zines and self-published materials on March 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Join the event!