D6 Local Comics Creation

Archie Birch - ToonZA


This coming Saturday (3 December) District 6 Homecoming Centre in collaboration with AMAK (Azania Mania Art Kolektive) will be hosting a comic art workshop. All are invited to participate. If you are a comic artist, writer, or just slightly curios, join!  The workshop will be exploring the past and the potential for future narratives, with D6 as focal hub for creative inspiration. It's the latest AMAK creative project and it's called D6 ToonZa. In the words of the organisers, here's some more info:

Q: What's D6 ToonZa?

A: Targeting young people of all ages who can't stop drawing, D6 ToonZa is a graphic time maching colllaboration between the District 6 Museum and AMAK. We plan to conceptualise, make, launch, promote, and distribute a comic anthology set In A World Not Too Far From Now. . . a collection of stories exploring the epic multilayered sag of District Six And The Deep Memory of Place. 

Q: A world not too far from Now? Like when, then? 

A: It's a graphic time machine: forwards or backwards in time, into alternate realities or parallel lives, exploring alien worlds or alienation in this world, with only one proviso: that our stories connect somehow - either time-wise, place-wise or concept-wise -with District 6 and the deep Memory of place.

Q: The deep memory of place?

A: Imagine a scrawny urban milkwood tree that stood in a vacant lot for a century or more, from before you were born until an unknown future. Imagine you got access to that tree's stories, past and future, and told them. That's just an example. Places have memories - accessing them is the fun part. 

Q: And then what? 

A: This workshop will introduce and test-drive our 2017 D6 ToonZA Saturday Sessions concept - to recruit participants and raise funds for a year-long weekly comics workshop to be held at the Homecoming centre. 

Q: Who can attend? 

A: Like we said, it's for young people of all ages who can't stop drawing: designed for people who already draw or write their own comics - or want to. It's a full-on non-stop immersion into our new ToonZa comiclab process, with lots of drawing, learning, talking, presenting - all to be documented in an ongoing stop-motion YouTube animation. 

Q: Yeah, right, OK. But what's the point of it all? 

A: Our immediate aim is to co-learn comics skills the ToonZa way, to produce original work, have an exhibition and launch our new comic book at Open Book Comics Fest in September 2017 - and get the ToonZa Saturday sessions up and running. Long-term? A montly local comics magazine, of course! 

Q: Sounds awesome - How do I sign up? 

A: Just RSVP by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the ToonZa Facebook page for more info.