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, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.