North American Risograph Conference

November 16, 2017

Chicago Design Museum

108 North State Street • 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

NARC is the first gathering of arts-based risographers in the United States. It is a day-long event dedicated to sharing and strengthening the Risograph community in North America. This first meeting is held in parallel with the 2017 Chicago Art Book Fair.


10:00AM - 10:15PM

Opening Remarks

Matt Davis & George Wietor

The Smudge

Liana Jegers & Clay Hickson


Johanna Maierski

Scott Roberts


Pegacorn Press

Caroline Paquita

Color Separation for Risograph

Colour Code Printing



Intro to Color Profiling

Perfectly Acceptable

Charles Nypels Lab
Jan Van Eyck Academie

Jo Frenken

RISO in Education

Panayiotis Terzis (Moderator)
Jo Frenken
Christopher Kardambikis
Yewon Kwon
3:45PM - 4:00PM

Closing Remarks

Matt Davis & George Wietor


Color Separation for Risograph


Colour Code Printing

This workshop will demonstrate how to separate colors from a variety of full color graphics, illustrations, scans and photographs using Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat. 

Learn the secrets to channel mixing, trapping, spot color and greyscale contrasting for your next Risograph project. 

Intro to color profiling


Pefectly Acceptable

This workshop will cover semi-practical methods of quantifying the Risograph color palette through the foolhardy application of industrial print practices to our dinky printers. Using a spectrophotometer and X-Rite's i1Profiler software, we will focus on the unholy grail of Risograph printing, faux-CMYK reproduction.


Caroline Paquita

Pegacorn Press
Brooklyn, NY

Caroline Paquita is a Brooklyn based visual artist, musician, WOMANIMAL, and founder of Pegacorn Press, a feminist, queer, "total-art-freaker" publishing adventure. Her current practice is a colorful melange of drawing, Risograph printing, experimental video, performance, spirituality, and beekeeping, in which alternative dimensions are created and explored.

Christopher Kardambikis

Alexandria, VA

Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and form through books, printmaking, and drawing. He has co-founded three artist book and zine projects: Encyclopedia Destructica in Pittsburgh, Gravity and Trajectory in San Diego, and 90 Proof Press in Los Angeles. Christopher has been an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project, Pioneer Works, The Art Students League, The Millay Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Christopher is the host of Paper Cuts, a program on Clocktower Radio that documents the contemporary world of zines and DIY publishing. In the fall of 2016, he joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.

George Wietor

Issue Press
Grand Rapids, MI

Issue Press is a small independent publishing and curatorial project initiated in 2010. It is run in Wietor's spare time and operates with a elastic publishing mandate, primarily concerned with works that trade in humor, history, and exploration of place.

In addition to Issue Press, George runs, an open platform for sharing information about Risograph printing and is, along with Matt Davis, the co-organizer of NARC.

Liana Jegers & Clay Hickson

The Smudge / Tan & Loose Press
Los Angeles, CA

/Julia Gillard

Liana Jegers and Clay Hickson are illustrators working in Los Angeles. They run Tan & Loose Press, a publishing project focused on Riso printed books and prints by artists from all over the world. Their most recent venture, The Smudge, is a small monthly “newspaper” aiming to highlight current social and political issues and raise money for a variety of charities and causes.


Jenny Gitman & Jesjit Gill

Colour Code Printing
Toronto, CA

Colour Code is an independent print studio and publishing platform established in 2012 by Jenny Gitman and Jesjit Gill. They publish art zines, comics and print editions with a focus on collaborating with artists, and experimenting with the risograph. They also co-organize Zine Dream, a small press book fair now in its 11th year.

Colour Code offers artist friendly riso and screen printing services to anyone who comes their way.

Jo Frenken

Charles Nypels Lab, Jan van Eyck Academie
Maastricht, NL

Jo Frenken is an artist, designer, and tutor connected to the Jan van Eyck Academie ever since he started as a participant in 1977. He served numerous print-related roles as well as teaching at the Academy of Architecture for 20 years. In 2011 he became the head of Charles Nypels Lab and in 2014 initiated and organised the successful Magical Riso, a biennial Risograph conference at the Lab.

Johanna Maierski

Berlin, DE

Johanna Maierski is an illustrator and a cartographer. She grew up in Berlin and studied architecture and urban research. She runs COLORAMA, a publishing house and risoprinting-studio based in Berlin since 2015. COLORAMA is dedicated to the collaboration, the observation and the production.

The publications feature the works of current comic-artists and an ongoing research about the means of carthography and storytelling.

Since 2016, Johanna is hosting CLUBHOUSE together with Aisha Franz, a monthly collaboration project where a small group of artists creates a limited edition of folded zines in one day. In august 2017 CLUBHOUSE was extended to CLUBHOUSE-WEEK, involving 30 different international artists to work on a big anthology that was entirely drawn, printed and bound within one week.

Matt Davis

Perfectly Acceptable
Chicago, IL

Matt Davis is the founder and director of Perfectly Acceptable Press, a Risograph print studio and publishing house in Chicago. Besides doing contract printing for artists all over North America, Perfectly Acceptable publishes 8-10 titles per year spanning the genres of comics, artist books, and essay with an emphasis on narrative and craft.

Matt is the co-organizer of NARC along with George Wietor.

Panayiotis Terzis

Mega Press / SVA RisoLab
New York, NY

Panayiotis Terzis (b. 1983, Thessaloniki, Greece) lives and works in New York City. Recent exhibitions include: Endless Biennial, Elizabeth Foundation, New York; Nieves and Innen Zine Library, Swiss Institute, New York; and Spring/Break Art Show, (curated by Andrea McGinty) Moynihan Station, New York. His work has been featured in publications including Vice Magazine, Mould Map II, Zine Soup, Salt Hill, Gigantic Worlds, Cosmos, and Creeps Annual, and he has worked with American Apparel, Digitaria, and other brands. His artist books, zines and print editions are held in the permanent collection of the MoMA Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library and the collection of Stanford University among others. He teaches printmaking and color theory at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons.

Scott Roberts

Depaul University - School of Cinematic Arts
Chicago, IL

Scott Roberts is a cartoonist who creates and prints experimental Riso art comics. He also makes animated films, and founded the DePaul Animation program in Chicago. He shares a home and studio in Evanston with the cartoonist Keiler Roberts, their daughter Xia, and Crooky the dog.

Yewon Kwon

Chicago, IL

Yewon Kwon is a printer and publisher currently residing in Chicago, and recently received their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Besides being the studio assistant at Perfectly Acceptable Press and a part of the fellowship program at Spudnik Press Cooperative, Yewon also edits, curates, prints and publishes and the bi-yearly collective publication Pallor Pink, which aims to publish work from many different artists and highlight a variety of topics, from cultural heritage to a universal love for dogs.


Chicago Art Book Fair

Nov. 16–19

Chicago Athletic Club Hotel
12 S Michigan Ave.


The first Chicago Art Book Fair showcases emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. Located at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel in Chicago’s downtown Loop neighborhood, the fair presents a unique opportunity for the public to directly support and engage with this important aspect of contemporary art.

Featuring an international group of arts publishers, small presses, book artists, zinemakers and printmakers, the Chicago Art Book Fair champions the city’s rich history of print and publishing. Learn more about the fair's participants and related programming and events at The Chicago Art Book Fair is free and open to the public.

Zine Not Dead

Saturday Nov. 18 • 8PM

Archer Ball Room
3012 S Archer Ave.


Zine Not Dead is a quarterly comics/performance art reading series in Chicago, IL.

Co-hosted by Perfectly Acceptable and Bred Press.



NARC is co-organized by Issue Press and Perfectly Acceptable.

Immense gratitude to Chicago Art Book Fair for invaluable assistance in pulling this off, Chicago Design Museum for the incredibly gracious use of space, and Jo Frenken/Jan van Eyck Academie for inspiring this mess.