Creating Comics Rooted in Activism & Personal Experience

We all carry stories around with us, stories we want—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.

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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 or on Instagram @ellenlindna.

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

“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.


Título de clase: “Crear cómics arraigados en el activismo y la experiencia personal”
Instructora: Ellen Lindner
Todos llevamos historias a nuestro alrededor: historias que queremos—¡no, necesitamos!—otras personas para escuchar. Debido a que pueden ser hechas por una sola persona, sin equipo costoso o habilidades avanzadas, los zines, historietas y novelas gráficas tienen una larga historia de ser un lugar fértil para contar historias francas y reveladoras. También han sido fabricadas y utilizadas por activistas durante décadas. En esta clase, echaremos un vistazo a la historia de las historias no ficticias en cómics, y crearemos nuestro cómic corto de no ficción desde cero. Por favor, vengan a clase con ideas para una historia personal—o una narrativa personal que te gustaría capturar en forma de comics, o una causa que te gustaría discutir en forma de comics.

Esta clase está abierta a todo gente a partir de los 14 años. Hay una cuota de $75 por esta clase de ocho sesiones, pagadera en la primera sesión, que incluye una donación a Word Up Community Bookshop. Hay becas disponibles.

Sobre la instructora:
Ellen Lindner es autora de dos novelas gráficas, Undertow y The Black Feather Falls. También es la editora de The Strumpet, una colección de cómics de artistas que se identifican como mujeres. Su arte activista está en la colección del Museo Smithsonian, y ha contribuido con cuentos cortos ficticios y no ficticios en muchas antologías. Basada en el Alto Manhattan, actualmente está trabajando en una colección de historias de no ficción sobre mujeres y béisbol. Pueden ver su trabajo en o en Instagram @ellenlindna.

Weekly on Sunday, September 8 – October 27, 2019
(Except Sept 15)


Sunday, September 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 3:00pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Little Rock Nine (Turning Points) Cover Image
By Marshall Poe, Ellen Lindner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416950660
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - July 1st, 2008

Undertow: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
Not Available
ISBN: 9781908030023
Availability: Not Available
Published: Soaring Penguin Press - May 1st, 2012