DIY Cultures returns to London on Sunday 24th May 2015 – a day-long festival of zines, artist books, comics, artists-run spaces, talks, films, animation, video art, exhibition, workshops – the spirit of independence, autonomy and alternatives.
Previous programmes of events have included talks from OOMK Zine and Black Feminists, fashioning a new world, The Poetry Pamphlet and DIY forms, and Prison Creative Solidarity Networks.
The festival is produced and curated by Sofia Niazi of OOMK Zine, Hamja Ahsan of Shy Radicals, DIY Curator and Other Asias, and
Helena Wee of Other Asias and POST artists.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.