Gazillion Strong, a nonprofit that works with youth, approached the bookstore about being part of the series. For the event, Aaron King at Boneshaker selected the artists who will be featured.
The comic-themed event makes sense for Boneshaker, which has a whole comic book and graphic novel section, plus another section for zines. "We've always been around zines," King says. "We've been open for four years and we've never not had an overflowing zine section."
The series will also be traveling to Moon Palace Books, Ancestry Books, and Big Brain Comics. There will also be an event at the Minnesota History Center in April. Later this year, Gazillion Strong plans to host workshops where preteens and teens will learn how to make their own comic books and zines.
Among the readers for Saturday night's event is Anna Bongiovanni
, who contributes to Autostraddle and has published graphic novels through 2D Cloud in addition to independently putting out zines.
, another reader, works with adaptations of fables and fairy tales, giving them his own spin. Maddi Gonzalez
, an MCAD graduate, has done a lot of autobiographical work, including I Am Not Sad, I Am Not Sick
, about depression. Finally, there's Leigh Luna
, a nationally known comic writer who has worked on Adventure Time
In selecting the artists, King says he was trying to find people who had points of view outside the mainstream. In addition to reading from their work, they'll talk about their experiences in cartooning, zines, and self-publishing.