Kwago and Warehouse Eight is calling storytellers from all over the country to pitch their wildest zine ideas for a grant that offers holistic support for the independent publishing community.
“We’ve been keen on listening to what creatives need to practice the craft of publishing and get their work out there, and we noticed that a lot of us have crazy ideas but we’re often short of money to turn them into reality. Komura; Creators Grant is designed to bridge this gap,” Kwago owner and Komura; co-founder Czyka Tumaliuan said.
According to Warehouse Eight co-owner and Komura; co-founder Kayla Dionisio, the grant also aims to inspire expectation-free experimentation and pure self-expression in the creative community.
“We wish to promote a culture of making and open up possibilities for creatives. We want local creatives to know that there is a community who is interested in seeing their ideas come to life and is committed to providing tangible support,” Dionisio said.
Zines—DIY books, often affordably produced for a small group of people, has been around for a long time, but its popularity in the mainstream Philippines is still nascent.
“The community is very strong not only in Manila but also in Los Banos, Baguio, CDO, and I’m sure there’s more. Often traded for a free exchange of information, zines democratize content sharing. I really love that its handmade. Usually wala kasi kaming budget to print. Some naman feel that it’s a kind of rebellion from online SEO-driven blogs who are trying so hard to rank and advertise. The content of zines are more pure and how we consume it is more intimate,” Tumaliuan shared.
However, zines as we know it today have rapidly changed, and is now considered as pieces of art and literature.
“The idea of zines are constantly evolving and we want the community to explore this more through the grant that offers not only money but also a creative space and sources of inspiration and learning to help you grow and sustain your craft,” Dionisio shared.
Komura;’s new grant strips down the zine into its most basic radical format: several pages, black and white, loosely folded, and stapled together. The radical zine format is centered on concepts, ideas and spreading it to social networks (global and local) without the intervention of digital tools.
Mechanics and guidelines for the submission can be found in bit.ly/KomuraCreatorsGrantMechanics
The Creators Grant includes: 12,000 worth of money, passes for one month co-working at Warehouse Eight, a zine loot from Kwago.
Komura; will announce the 3 shortlisted applicants at the Komura; zine fair on September 21. The shortlisted applicants will get a 3-day pass at Warehouse Eight, as well as the opportunity to showcase their works on Komura; zine fair where they can solicit support from the community.
Apply here to join Komura; Creators Grant: bit.ly/KomuraBNWCreatorsGrant
Follow our event page for updates: bit.ly/bnwzinefair