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Last year Broken Pencil launched its Zine Machine program: an intensive five-week workshop in zine-making and philosophy developed and led by art editor Melissa Luk and outreach coordinator Annie Wong. The participants, grade 12 students of Andrea Lambert’s Media Arts class at Runnymede Collegiate in Toronto, were immersed in a hands-on, creative incubation period in the art of appropriation and DIY philosophy. The result was a class anthology of blackout writing (creating new writing by blacking out words in existing text) and a collection of unique zines, reflective of each student’s subjective process of creativity and discovery.

For the full spread, pick up Issue 58 of Broken Pencil, on newsstands now and available online.


Matthew Tran,  “How To Get Arrested”

This impressive 16 x 20” flow chart conveniently folds up into your pocket and, in the style of a choose-your-own adventure narrative, demonstrates the many ways one could die, get arrested, or end up in a psychiatric institution.

Meaghan Campbell, “Love Game”

Based on the misfortunes of her close friend’s love life, “Love Game” includes a foldout board game where the reader plays out mistakes, takes chances, and learns too much in the game of love.


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