Friday 31. July CEST 10:00 am – 12:00 pm C9 Reading group: Tallinger: Moln

Friday 31 July at 10–12 CET

Stella Tallinger

Moln is a short comic about the feeling of falling ill and an imagined separation between body and mind. The comics is based on my own experiences of dealing with a benign tumor disease.

You can read the comic here. The comic is discussed in a reading group on Zoom on Friday. The comic is in Swedish (there is a rough English translation of the texts included in the comic here) but the discussion will be in English.

Please send an email to the coordinators of circle 9 (lahean [at] utu.fi and amnikk [at] utu.fi) to get the link to the Zoom discussion.

Circle 9 morning coffee

Circle 9 starts everyday with a morning coffee session on Zoom. Monday morning we had a circle intro while sipping our hot beverages and our participant Jenny Soep (follow her on Instagram!) drew everyone who was present! If you want to join in on the morning coffee or any other activity of our circle, go to our wepage to see the schedule and contact the coordintors Laura and Aura!

Friday 31. July CEST 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm C9 Grassroot comics release party!

Friday 31 July at 18–19 CET

Sanna Hukkanen & Johanna Rojola (with the workshop participants)

The grassroot comics made in the three-day workshop will be presented to everyone and can be published on social media or other online platforms.

Come join us to see the wonderful comics made with the grassroot comics technique!

The release party takes place on Zoom and is open to everyone! Please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link!

Saturday 1. august CEST 14:00 pm – 16:00 pm C9 Räsänen: (Post)Apocalyptic Drawing Workshop (2/2)

Saturday 1 August at 10–12 & 14–16 CET

Henna Räsänen

Welcome to the (Post)Apocalyptic Drawing Workshop! MadMax, climate catastrophe, Putins on their bears, the attack of the Hell Hound Poodles, the burning rain forests, the looming Second Wave of the pandemic, did Trump really need to try out all the buttons… so many endings, so little time!!
In this workshop that catches us in the eye of the storm of the mid- pandemic, we channel our end of the world feelings into comics and drawings with light-hearted exercises. During the second half we create our own minizines – actual multi-page zines folded from one paper – to work the topic in depth and approach The End with proper flare of our own. End is nigh, let’s draw together!

Drawing paper, favorite markers, A4-A3 papers for the Minizine, scissors/cutter and a ruler are needed for this workshop.

This drawing workshop has a limited number of participants.

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link!

Saturday 1. august CEST 10:00 am – 12:00 pm C9 Räsänen: (Post)Apocalyptic Drawing Workshop (1/2)

Saturday 1 August at 10–12 & 14–16 CET

Henna Räsänen

Welcome to the (Post)Apocalyptic Drawing Workshop! MadMax, climate catastrophe, Putins on their bears, the attack of the Hell Hound Poodles, the burning rain forests, the looming Second Wave of the pandemic, did Trump really need to try out all the buttons… so many endings, so little time!!
In this workshop that catches us in the eye of the storm of the mid- pandemic, we channel our end of the world feelings into comics and drawings with light-hearted exercises. During the second half we create our own minizines – actual multi-page zines folded from one paper – to work the topic in depth and approach The End with proper flare of our own. End is nigh, let’s draw together!

Drawing paper, favorite markers, A4-A3 papers for the Minizine, scissors/cutter and a ruler are needed for this workshop.

This drawing workshop has a limited number of participants.

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link!

Friday 31. July CEST 10:00 am – 12:00 pm C9: Tallinger: Reading group: The Lucky Cloud

Friday 31 July at 10–12 CET

Stella Tallinger

Lucky Cloud is a short comic about the feeling of falling ill and an imagined separation between body and mind. The comics is based on my own experiences of dealing with a benign tumor disease.

The comic will be published online at the beginning of the summer session week and discussed in a reading group on Zoom on Friday. The comic is in Swedish but the discussion will be in English.

Please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link.

The link to the comic will be sent to the participants.

Thursday 30. July CEST 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm C9: Vi-ral-enna: Tracing Comics Through Vienna in Times of Corona

Thursday 30 July at 16–18 CET

Marina Rauchenbacher, Katharina Serles & Bernhard Frena

Vienna’s comic scene is bustling but hardly institutionalized, let alone connected, and thus hard to access for outsiders. Plenty of collections, (private) archives, exhibition spaces and galleries, bookstores and libraries specializing in comics exist, but their location, contact and content info is not collected or made accessible publicly. As such, they remain detached and isolated.

Physical distancing in corona times has carved out the importance of strong and re-traceable networks, measures to make visible and to connect cultural initiatives as well as offering online alternatives. We will accordingly start our trace, by identifying, ‘tracing’ and visualizing comics, comics agents and spaces in Vienna. The accrued map, together with theoretical deliberations of charting a ‘scene’, mapping networks and ‘localizing’ unlocalized projects, will be made long-term accessible as a website. Simultaneously, the current situation allows for contrasting our methods of tracing with pathologizing/epidemiological trackings of chains of infection, identifying viral-/net-structures within the comic form and as such reflecting on and contextualizing ‘Corona Comics’/‘Comics in Times of Corona’ as societal-political and cultural-critical practices. Overall, we strive to counter-read and re-interpret ‘tracing’ as a productive future-oriented practice of cultural networking.

We invite you to virtually join us in an open discussion, both on the produced map, as well as the intersections between comics, traces and virology. Building the connection between the local situation in Vienna and the global pandemic all around us.

The discussion takes place on Zoom.

Please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link.

Wednesday 29. July CEST 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm C9 Chalabi: Reading Group: Refugees Welcome?

Wednesday 29 July at 16–18 CET

Hayfaa Chalabi

Refugees Welcome? is a comic that aims to explore the tool of illustrative storytelling to challenge governmental restrictions faced by refugee narratives in Sweden. This exploration is done through the study of stereotypes that stigmatise the refugee’s identity. The figure of the refugee is often shaped by the visual representation one consumes via mass media and the words one hears in political debates and social discourse. Refugees are often portrayed as immigrants and nothing but immigrants, faceless victims on news, and often de-named suffering people drowning in some ocean. This portrayal makes the humanity of the refugee invisible and defines me (the refugee) as a ‘’problem’’. The refugee has always been a crisis, ‘’A global refugee crisis’’, ‘’An integration crisis’’, and a ‘’European migrant crisis’’. This use of terminology results in a lot of feelings that become politicised and socialised such as fear, apathy, empathy and sometimes hate. In this discussion I will study the similarities between the nationalist and the refugee forced by the corona virus such as freedom to mobility and whether a pandemic can introduce more empathy and understanding to societies.

This Trace is a reading group open for all participants. The discussion takes place on Zoom.

Please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link. Read the comic before participating in the discussion!

Thursday 30. July CEST 10:00 am – 12:00 pm C9 Hukkanen & Rojola: Grassroot comics workshop 3/3

Thursday 30 July at 10–12 CET

Sanna Hukkanen & Johanna Rojola

Say it with comics!
Grassroots comics is a great low cost & low tech communication tool for activists. With this method anyone learns how to draw and can get their voice heard. The participants of our workshop will be briefed about grassroots comics method and will be making their own comics of a subject they choose. They will be guided through the process step by step. The comics will be distributed online (for example Instagram).

Equipment needed:

  • a few sheets of white A4 photocopy papers
  • pencil sharpener 
  • eraser
  • a ruler
  • one thin tipped black felt tip pen (0.005, 0.04, 0.05, 0.06…) 
  • one thicker black marker (0.08-1.0 or more)
  • Glue stick
  • scissors
  • mobile phone with camera

The workshop takes place over the course of three sessions from Tuesday to Thursday and on Friday there will be a party.

This workshop has a limited number of participants.

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link!

Wednesday 29. July CEST 10:00 am – 12:00 pm C9 Hukkanen & Rojola: Grassroot comics workshop (2/3)

Wednesday 29 July at 10–12 CET

Sanna Hukkanen & Johanna Rojola

Say it with comics!
Grassroots comics is a great low cost & low tech communication tool for activists. With this method anyone learns how to draw and can get their voice heard. The participants of our workshop will be briefed about grassroots comics method and will be making their own comics of a subject they choose. They will be guided through the process step by step. The comics will be distributed online (for example Instagram).

Equipment needed:

  • a few sheets of white A4 photocopy papers
  • pencil sharpener 
  • eraser
  • a ruler
  • one thin tipped black felt tip pen (0.005, 0.04, 0.05, 0.06…) 
  • one thicker black marker (0.08-1.0 or more)
  • Glue stick
  • scissors
  • mobile phone with camera

The workshop takes place over the course of three sessions from Tuesday to Thursday and on Friday there will be a party.

This workshop has a limited number of participants.

The workshop will take place on Zoom, please register to Circle 9 to get access to the Zoom link!