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Hackerspaces and culture

  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy Wikipedia - history of hacker movement and hackerspaces
  • Unlocking the Clubhouse - Women in Computing by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher MIT Press history of feminism and sexism in IT
  • c-booc - 20 years of c-base in a book by Mirko 'macro' Fichtner and others Kickstarter
  • Hackerspaces: The Beginning Hackerspaces Flux - the story of German and international hackerspaces since 2008
  • Hacker Citizen by Geoffrey Dorne Kickstarter - an illustrated book with projects for urban activists and socially minded hackers


  • Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story by John Yorke Overlook Press
  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder Wikipedia
  • Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee Amazon
  • Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen by Robert McKee Amazon
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Wikipedia


  • Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud Wikipedia - a comprehensive guide to what a comic is and what patterns are known specific to this medium
  • Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud Wikipedia - slightly dated sequel, describing what is to be in the comic world
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud Wikipedia - another book, going into more details of comics' inner workings
  • Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner Wikipedia
  • Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner Wikipedia
  • Panel One: Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers Goodreads
  • Alan Moore's Writing for Comics Volume 1 Wikipedia
  • Stan Lee's How To Write Comics Goodreads
  • The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O'Neil Goodreads
  • Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels by Brian Michael Bendis Goodreads
  • The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics by Comfort Love and Adam Withers Goodreads

Scientific articles


  • The Impostor Phenomenon by Jaruwan Sakulku and James Alexander PDF - a good article on the Impostor Syndrome, widespread among people entering the Hackerspace, especially women
  • Beyond laboratories… Selected results from the ethnography of Polish hackers by Marcin Zarod PDF a piece of research directly on hackerspaces
  • Flow-Based Model of Computer Hackers’ Motivation by ALEXANDER E. VOISKOUNSKY, Ph.D., and OLGA V. SMYSLOVA, Ph.D. - PDF


  • Docufiction in the Digital Age by Tay Huizhen PDF Wikipedia on Docufiction - fictionalized documents, one of the genres the comic is aspiring to

Blogposts, Blogs and Webpages


  • Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic by Allison Parrish OpenTranscripts
  • The Tyranny of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman aka Joreen Official webpage Wikipedia - a good analysis of problems shared by many groups, including the second wave feminists, anarchists and hackerspaces - how informal groups form oblique power structures
  • The Tyranny of Tyranny by Cathy Levine The Anarchist Library - a response to the article above
  • EEVBlog Official Site is a hardware specialist blog dealing in electronics. Lots of valuable materials on Open Hardware.
  • Documentation, especially Design Patterns for how to set up a hackerspace
  • Shit Noisebridge Says Tumblr - an extract from Noisebridge hackerspace mailing list and IRC dramas
  • Running a Hackerspace Tumblr - excellent GIF commentaries to a life in hackerspace
  • GynePunk, the cyborg witches of DIY gynecology - Makery - a story on DIY gynecology tools
  • Why Collecting Data In Conflict Zones Is Invaluable—And Nearly Impossible - FastCompany - the role of hackers and hackerspaces in conflict zones
  • Chaos Computer Club Bibliography Webpage
  • Noisebridge Vision Noisebridge Wiki
  • Le Reset's Code of Conduct Le Reset Page - quite a good Code of Conduct for a feminist hackerspace


  • Neil Gaiman's Advice to Authors Official Webpage
  • The Cyberpunk Sensibility by Sonya Mann RibbonFarm a blogpost on how we see future through eyes of science-fiction we know - and how cyberpunk dystopias have skewed our perceptions


  • The Hackerspace Movement: Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels (20min) YouTube - a good introduction to the hackerspace movement by one of its most important figures
  • Open Source Creativity - Hackerspaces: Science on the SPOT (5min) YouTube
  • Gemsi: Our Story by Bilal Ghalib (5min) YouTube telling the story of the hackerspaces in the Middle East
  • ThingsCon 2014: Bilal Ghalib (4min) YouTube
  • INKtalks: Bilal Ghalib: The hackerspace revolution (10min) YouTube
  • Inside San Francisco's Anarchist Hackerspace by Strange Parts (23min) YouTube - a good look around Noisebridge with a couple of interviews
  • Tested Visits the NYC Resistor Hacker Space in New York (8min) YouTube
  • Inside a Brooklyn Hackerspace (3min) YouTube

Hackerspace catalogues

  • - Official Wiki - a wiki cataloging all English-speaking hackerspaces in the world
  • Biohacking Safari - Official Webpage - photojournal and database of biolabs all around the world
  • Ananse Group - Official Webpage - a project aiming to catalog all kinds of hacker-, maker- and innovative spaces
  • Official Webpage is a huge repository of open hardware projects, mostly electronics
  • - Official Webpage is a curated blog featuring projects from its sister-database
  • Instructables Offical Webpage is a similar repository, this time rather for makers than hackers, but contains a lot of advanced designs nonetheless


  • Shoot ALL The Hackers! by Dennis van Zuijlekom Flickr - Noisebridge by Daily Laurel Official webpage - a great gallery capturing the mood / atmosphere of the Noisebridge at night. All photos copyrighted, author hostile to CC requests.
  • Noisebridge's Flickr Group Flickr
  • Mitch Altman's Flickr Flickr - a great, rich gallery by Mitch, founder of many hackerspaces all around the world. All Creative Commons.
  • MeTaMiND EvoLuTioN MeTaVoLuTioN's Flickr Flickr other gallery of photos from hackerspaces, workshops and conferences, mainly from Germany. Creative Commons.
  • Dave Borghuis's Flickr Flickr
  • Makers 256 Blog


  • The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz IMDb YouTube - a documentary of Aaron Swartz Wikipedia, inventor of RSS, Markdown, co-founder of Reddit and Creative Commons
  • Citizenfour IMDb YouTube - a document on the uncanny adventures of Edward Snowden Wikipedia, a famed anime message board admin Reuters
  • Hackitat YouTube

Short movies / Reports

  • Meet the new headquarters of LABxS (Lab Santista) YouTube - Welcome to OmniCommons YouTube


A list of all hacker community related projects, not everything geeky and nerdy. While Ghost in the Shell or Deus Ex may be great works themselves, they don't feature communities, so please dont list them.


  • HackerFlicks on offers a good choice of movies inspiring the hacker culture n
  • Dennou Coil Wikipedia is a sci-fi story of a detective agency formed by children to investigate Augmented / Virtual Reality problems. Quite a strong emphasis on community.
  • Big Hero 6 Wikipedia may be a controversial choice, but the lab shown early in the movie and the notion of creating technology is very hackerspace'y.


  • Makers by Cory Doctorow Wikipedia - a book focused on makers / inventors and shantytown community build around them. Sadly, nothing resembling a dynamic hackerspace community
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Wikipedia
  • Homeland by Cory Doctorow Wikipedia


  • Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis Wikipedia - not really about hackers, but a postcyberpunk journalist/activist uncovering dirty truths behind elections. Lots of tech-goodies.
  • Hacktivist by Alyssa Milano Goodreads would be absolutely what Glider Ink is striving for if it had more community work and less white guy getting the girl. The story of hackers helping human rights activists / freeing the elections in Tunisia is sadly only a minor theme.


  • Dresden Codak by Aaron Diaz Webcomic a cult webcomic dealing with hacker mindset and a lot of tropes from hacker culture. High fantasy / sci-fi.
  • Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag Webcomic - a comic about super hero dealing with regular life after self-imposed “retirement”, with strong social justice themes
  • Questionable Content Webcomic TVTropes - one of the most running and best slice-of-life comics on the Internet, good inspiration for a rich cast
  • Stay Still Stay Silent Webcomic TVTropes - a beautiful and very upbeat webcomic set in a post-apocalyptic Scandinavia. Rich colors, well-written cast.
  • Mare Internum Webcomic TVTropes - quasi-hard science fiction story set on Mars. Few main characters, great atmosphere
  • Weregeek Webcomic TVTropes - a strip based comic with an interesting take on a community of geeks and RPG playes





Since there are lots and lots of webcomics and not all of them are directly related to Glider Ink, comprehensive lists can be found here:

resources.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/03 10:11 by alxd