Comic books are a visual form of storytelling encompassing words & illustration. Comics first enjoyed broad success in the 1930s but today, we might be most aware of the comic book form through blockbuster superhero films. But comic books have encompassed stories that span everything from, non-fiction to dystopian dramas, zombie apocalypses, and even idyllic fantasies. Comics can be anything you want them to be.
In this comic-writing workshop, we’ll be covering the basics of storytelling, what makes a comic book script and what it takes to produce your own self-published title.
Zain Dada is a writer, cultural producer, researcher, and award-winning film-maker. He is the co-founder of Khidr Collective Zine – a zine platforming the work of British Muslims which has featured on Vice, Huck Magazine, Tate Lates, Mille World & BBC Asian Network. In 2020, Zain co-founded Khidr Comix Lab, a space for Black, Brown, and Muslim storytellers to innovate, experiment and create within the comix medium.
Zain has self-published two mini-comics to date, including The Adventures of Iddy Ali (illustrated by Kumail Rizvi) and Sultana (illustrated by Shazleen Khan).
His writing has featured in Spread The Word’s Flight Journal, SkinDeep, The Arts Professional, Exeunt and Media Diversified. Zain’s directing credits include 2019 Outspoken Prize winning short visual poem, the moon is a meme and 2020 Outspoken Prize nominated animation short, Otherstani. Zain is a Winston Churchill Fellow after publishing his research on ‘The Future of Community Arts.
The workshop is taking place on the 25th July 2020, 12-1pm via Zoom. You can book your free ticket via Eventbrite.
Check out some of his past work here: https://www.zaindada.co.uk/adventures-of-iddy-ali