Oh how we LOVE the The Providence Comics Consortium (PCC). The PCC teaches free drawing and cartooning classes to kids at Providence Community Library branches and then publishes their work alongside the work of adult comic artists.
“We love showcasing all of the local kid and adult talent we work with," Julia Gualteri, one of the organizers tells us. "Craft shows, comic arts festivals, and fleas are about having a cool venue to share our project with new audiences, meet kids that might like to take a class or meet adults that might want to contribute to the project.”
Their books are beautiful, colorful, and self-published. They print on a risograph duplicator machine. These machines were popular in offices and churches in the 1990s but rendered obsolete by digital printing. Risographs are finding their way into the hands of artists who are using them to make books and prints. Cool.
The PCC gives local kids a chance to make art with working artists and put it into the world. If you know PCC, you love their work. If you haven’t met them you MUST. Stop by their booth at The Flea this Sunday, June 15th. We pretty much insist.