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New Comics Class at Word Up Community Bookshop! [Feb. 7th, 2019|04:28 pm]
Ellen Lindner - Comics and Illustration



"Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience"
Class begins 3/3, March 10⋅1:00 – 3:00pm
Weekly on Sunday, 8 sessions
Location: Word up Community Bookshop /Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032, USA

Description: We all carry stories around with us, stories we we - no, need - other people to hear. Because they can be made by one person, without expensive equipment or advanced skills, zines, comics and graphic novels have a long history of being a fertile venue for frank, revelatory storytelling. They have also been made and used by activists for decades. In this class, we will take a look at the history of nonfiction stories in comics, and create our short, nonfiction comic from scratch. Please come to class with ideas for a personal story - either a personal narrative you would like to capture in comics form, or a cause you would like to discuss in comics form.

This class is open to folx aged 14 and up. There is a $75 fee for this eight session class, payable at the first session. Scholarships are available.

Please email the instructor, Ellen Lindner, at ellenlindner@gmail.com, to sign up.

Ellen Lindner is the author of two graphic novels, Undertow and The Black Feather Falls. She is also the editor of The Strumpet, a collection of comics by artists who identify as women. Her activist art is in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, and she has contributed fictional and nonfictional short stories to many anthologies. Based in Upper Manhattan, she is currently working on The Cranklet's Chronicle, a collection of stories about women and baseball. You can check out her work at littlewhitebird.com or on Instagram @ellenlindna

This class will be taught in English but all class materials will be available in English and Spanish.

For more information please email Ellen or visit wordupbooks.wordpress.com and click on "Events." Go to March 3rd!


"Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: Creating Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience" is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
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This Week I'm the Guest Diary Comics Artist on TCJ.com! [Jan. 9th, 2019|11:03 am]
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TCJ.com asked me to create a comics diary for them, this week. They get so many great artists to do it, so I was really flattered they asked. Please check it out! PS making diary comics is HARD, and this gave me a lot (more!) respect to the artists who do it day in, day out. WOW!
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"Stories I Would Tell A Million Times" Opens at Word Up Community Bookshop! [Sep. 12th, 2018|01:11 pm]
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Thanks a million times to everyone who came out to the opening of "Stories I Would Tell A Million Times" at Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights, New York! Check out these amazing pictures by Jasmina Tomic, and come by the bookshop before 10/15 to see the show! Thanks enormously to Word Up for being a great home for this class, I really appreciate the support. And if anyone wants to take a future class, please follow @wordupbooks and @ellenlindna on Instagram for updates!























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New comics up on Medium today! [Sep. 12th, 2018|01:03 pm]
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Today on @spiralboundonmedium, I talk about not wanting kids, but still having to talk about it with people I barely know! Because that’s super fun. Anyhow, check it out and let me know what you think! And thanks to my art director Edith Zimmerman. I've been wanting to do a comic on the topic of not having kids for quite a while now, and this was a great forum.
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Stories I Would Tell a Million Times: Comics Show at Word Up Community Bookshop [Aug. 15th, 2018|02:39 pm]
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Save the date! Thursday, 9/6 at 6:30PM, @wordupbooks presents "Stories I Would Tell A Million Times: A Show of Nonfiction Comics Narratives from Members of the Word Up Community", a new show displaying comics work from a class I taught at Word Up Community Bookshop in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in upper Manhattan. There will be lots of great art to look at, a reading at 7:30, and sales of zines by the artists on display! See you there, comix fans!

Artists on display:

Jason Couvertier
Marisol Cruz
Sharon de la Cruz
Liz Frances
Brian Hidaldo
Ronny Hidalgo
Taran Kim
Jonah Newman
Jen Ortiz
Jasmina Tomic

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New Comics Stories on Medium's Spiralbound, Now! [Jul. 5th, 2018|12:47 pm]
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I have a new #baseball #story live on Spiralbound, Medium's super-fun site for autobiographical comics, in which I try and remind myself how I became a Mets fan - it's all down to my mom and troubled great Mickey Mantle. Read more on Spiralbound now! https://medium.com/spiralbound/mantle-baby-3ad1a03b4fd2 … #womeninbaseball

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Kate Messner's Breakout Out Now! [Jul. 5th, 2018|12:37 pm]
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Some of you gave me valuable advice when I was  freaking out over the winter, trying to ‘draw like a five year old’ - I  can finally reveal some of the 50+ #illustrations I created for that project. The book is called Breakout, it’s published by Bloomsbury Publishing and it’s by best-selling author Kate Messner! Thanks a lot to AD Donna Mark and design genius Danielle Ceccolini  for being great clients, and thanks to Ms. Messner for her feedback and  for a fun story-within-a-story to illustrate. Grab your copy today! #illustrated #illustratorlife #creative #kidlit #kidsstyle #kids #kidstuff #bloomsburypublishing

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Nonfiction Comix Class Starting 4/22! [Apr. 18th, 2018|11:33 pm]
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Class: A Story I'd Tell a Million Times: Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience


When: Sun, April 22, 2018 1pm – 3pm, continuing each Sunday at the same time until May 27
Where: Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032, USA (map)
Description: We all carry stories around with us, stories we we - no, need - other people to hear. Because they can be made by one person, without expensive equipment or advanced skills, zines, comics and graphic novels have a long history of being a fertile venue for frank, revelatory storytelling. They have also been made and used by activists for decades. In this six-part class, we will take a look at the history of nonfiction  stories in comics, and create our short, nonfiction comic from scratch. Please come to class with ideas for a personal story - either a personal narrative you would like to capture in comics form, or a cause you would like to discuss in comics form.


This class is open to folx aged 14 and up. There is a nonrefundable $40 fee for this class, payable at the first session, which includes a donation to Word Up Community Bookshop. Scholarships are available.


Please email the instructor, Ellen Lindner, at ellenlindner@gmail.com.


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The Cranklet's Chronicle [Apr. 16th, 2018|02:24 pm]
Ellen Lindner - Comics and Illustration

My new zine tells, in comics format, the forgotten stories of women in baseball - plus interviews and quizzes for the fans of today. 

The first issue includes a 16 page biography of Joan Whitney Payson, the founding owner of the New York Mets. Growing up as a New York baseball fan in the glory years of the early twentieth century, Mrs. Payson never dreamed that her city would lose two teams - the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers - in one fateful year. Her story of is one of hope and faith in a city that seemed to be poised on the brink of self-destruction.  

This issue also includes an interview with Marisol Cruz, who grew up in the neighborhood where the Giants once played. As a Yankees fan, Marisol has some salient words about the rivalries and drama in modern-day New York baseball. 

Grab your copy today

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Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn! My Take [Nov. 10th, 2017|04:58 pm]
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I did this comic about Hillary Clinton's Brooklyn booksigning as a submission to a comics journalism site. Enjoy!
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