No Restraint: Activist Zines and Comics

April 24 – May 16, 2014   |  Reception: April 24, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Curated by Iris Bechtol and Josh Rose, No Restraint: Activist Zines and Comics focuses on the social, political, and cultural issues addressed in comics and zines.  Though inherently independent and residing near the edge of society, zines and indie comics have the power to inform, influence, and perhaps change our perceptions.  Their subject matter, whether fantastic narratives, autobiographical accounts, partially fictitious, or resounding socio-political statements, zines and indie comics are a unique voice that is often more real than mainstream media. Ranging from activist literature to autobiographical explorations, this exhibition includes original drawings, comics, and zines by Marta Chudolinska (Babica), Gord Hill (The 500 Years of Resistance), Nia King, Kate Lavut (Chico), Noah Lyon (America the Conspiracy), Stephanie McMillan (Minimum Security), Margarat Nee (Grrrl Zines a Go Go), Simon Orpana (The Art of Gentrification), Kim Schwenk (Grrrl Zines a Go Go), Elizabeth Simins (Manic Pixel Dream Girl), Sarah Welch (Endless Monsoon), Lisa Wilde (Yo, Miss), and select works from the Zine Project Seattle.

Exhibition Programming
Sarah Welch, artist lecture
April 23, 11:15-12:15, H100          

Exhibition reception
April 24, 6:00 – 8:30, H100            

David Hopkins, The Historical and Social Impact of Women Superheroes
April 28, 10:10 – 11:05, G101       

Nia King, artist lecture
April 29, 11:00 – 12:20, G102       

Zine Workshop with artists Shannon Driscoll and Jessica Sinks
April 30, 11:30 – 2:00, G102         

Directions to the Art Gallery: From I-30 take Exit 54 toward Big Town Blvd. Take Big Town Blvd North and continue on as it changes into La Prada.  Take a right onto Carol Brown Dr to enter campus.  Take a right on Eastfield Parkway and park in the west parking lot near buildings F & G. The H Gallery is located off the lower courtyard between the Fine Arts building (Bldg. “F”) and the Campus Center (Bldg. “C”) in H100.


Gallery hours are 9:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Friday. Contact Iris Bechtol at 972-860-7329 or for additional information. Or visit

Eastfield College. 3737 Motley Drive. Mesquite, TX. 75150


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