One of the joys of running this project is that not only do we get to facilitate original work through our workshops but we also provide a platform for artists and makers to expose their work to new audiences. This aspect of the project is at its most exciting when an envelope arrives unexpectedly addressed to the MCF. BE KIND is the first such submission of 2017.
The beautifully produced zine was the result of a 24 zine making project from People United, and collects stories, poems, and visual responses to the notion of kindness from the Canterbury area.
People United is a Canterbury arts charity that seeks to increase kindness in the world through the arts.
BE KIND is not only a great addition to the MCF library but it is a lovely expression of the kinds of ideals that also sit at the core of the MCF.
We’re really grateful to People United for donating a copy of the zine.
To read the zine and browse a growing library of comics and publications find us at one of our public workshops (see calendar). And remember we’re always excited to receive new submissions.
Www.peopleunited.org.uk – external link
Tuesday September 13th
We arrived at Payers Park at 4pm and over the time we were there we spoke to two families, some adults, and a couple of teens. We worked with two boys who were enthusiastic to look at some comics and learned how to make their own zines out of a sheet of A4 paper. We hope to see them again next week and see what they’ve made with that new skill.
We were also able to give out some copies of our new comic “those 2 guys”, a simple comic that demonstrates some principles in order to teach young people about making their own.
It was an extremely successful first week but we learned some things too… We need to arrive earlier! Specifically we will running from 3-5pm from now on so that we can interact with young people as they travel through on the way home from school.
If you haven’t seen us yet come down next week and come back often as our resources change continually + soon we’ll have some more work made by young people available for you to take away.
The original dream for the Mobile Comics Factory involved travelling to Folkestone’s parks to provide our free workshops to any young people hanging about.
It gives me great pride to have realised that aim, and that what was once my individual ambition is now a reality brought about by many. I have a volunteer working with me every Tuesday, the support of Shepway district council and Payers park management, not to mention the good will of community folk and the financial backing of our marvelous funders. It is still amazing to me that this should have been possible and it only increases my ambition to make this project impact deeper and travel further (both in what we do and where we do it). The MCF is currently run as a project from Harbour Church, as part of a range of activities that exist to serve our community: I am particularly grateful for the nurturing environment in which the project has been incubated, and I’m excited to discover where we will go from here!
Thanks for following the project
We hope to see you at the factory soon.
Below is an image of the new workshop materials being made-