The School of Creative Arts and Animation at Toronto’s Seneca College has joined forces with Seneca’s library to create an accessible collection of zines. The collection was launched with 140 titles – a combination of work by students and outside acquisitions – with plans to increase size over time.
The idea stemmed from the school’s Independent Illustration program. “We have one teacher, Martha Newbigging, who has incorporated the creation of mini-comics and zines into an indie comics specialization,” says JoAnn Purcell, a faculty member who helped build the collection. “To see what other students were making, we used to go to OCAD University’s zine library and the holdings at the Toronto Reference Library. But we started to create so many of our own that we approached the library about creating our own zine collection and they were very enthusiastic.”
The collection will be added to though donations of student work, outside donations, and acquisitions funded by the school and collected at events such as the Toronto Comics Art Fair and the zine festival Canzine. “At an event like Canzine, you can gather a large amount of zines for very little money,” Purcell says.
Seneca’s new offering officially opened on Jan. 22 with an event that included a zine-making workshop led by Newbigging.