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ARTISTIC Teessiders have produced their own comic creations as part of a project to raise awareness about fanzine publishing.

Artists AJ Garrett and Rebecca Little have been teaching folk how to make their own comic books and magazines - known as zines in underground publishing.

Working from a We Are Open Pop-Up Studio, on Newport Road, Middlesbrough, the duo have been holding drop-in sessions to show people the art of zine making.

AJ, 27, from Billingham, said: "We set up the shop because there's not a great deal of awareness of zines on Teesside.

"Books are generally a good way of getting art across and with zines, it's like you have your own art exhibition."

AJ and Rebecca, who have also established the Peg Powler Gallery based in Green Dragon Studios, Stockton, also held a Middlesbrough Zine Festival.

The event saw Rob Nichols, the creator and publisher of football fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, answer questions on how he got started.

Rob, who has been making zines for over 20 years, said: "It was really good to see people are actually doing their own thing. It's something anybody can do. You can do a fanzine on anything and you can easily get your message across. They are fun to do and you don't need many materials."

Today AJ and Rebecca's Pop-Up Studio was enjoying its final day of opening. As well as attending workshops and getting advice, visitors have been able to look through the zine library and buy zines.


ART FOR ALL: Comic book maker Rebecca Little, above, and Rob Nichols, below, of Fly Me to The Moon
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2010
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