Make an Animal Facts Club Zine: Social / Distance

Due to current public health concerns, The Contemporary Austin and Animal Facts Club have decided to pivot our scheduled March meeting from an in-person gathering, to a remote collaboration. While we can’t be together at Laguna Gloria, let’s create something special while we’re apart!

All are invited to contribute to this unique Animal Facts Club meeting. You will create one visual page and one written page about the animal(s) of your choice following these instructions:

  • FORMAT: Fold an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper in half, to create two 5.5” x 8.5” sections. Give yourself approximately ¼” border if you’re concerned with image getting cropped in the zine making process. The center crease is where the staples will go.
  • For the visual page, make a drawing, create a collage, sketch, doodle, scribble, or trace.
  • For the written page, you can provide bullet point facts, Powerfacts (Powerfacts are facts that make you say, What??!), write a poem, haiku, acrostic, or short story.
  • All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. You need not be an artist or biologist to share your curiosity about the natural world!
  • Submit your pages digitally via a good scan or good clean photo to info@animalfactsclub.com or publicprograms@thecontemporaryaustin.org. Don't forget to include your name and/or social media handle to be credited for your work!

Please submit your pages by April 1. We know that is soon but we also know that you’re home with some time on your hands. We will first roll out contributions via social media and ultimately compile them into an Animal Facts Club zine. All contributors will get a free zine at a zine release party (date and location TBD, sometime this fall when we can all be together).

We are suggesting the themes of Social / Distance. You can interpret either or both of these words for your chosen animal(s). If you’re feeling stuck, read below for some prompts to get you started.

Social: Are they group, pack, or troop animals? Are they solitary? How do they interact with each other? How do they communicate?

Distance: How much distance does your animal’s range cover? How much distance can your animal travel in a given time? How much distance does your animal keep from other animals?

We look forward to creating something special together!

Learn more about Animal Facts Club here.

ASO