Comic Sans for Cancer

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We’ve been very excited to help print a bad typeface for a good cause this week – Comic Sans for Cancer. Comic Sans for Cancer is an exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the typeface we all love to hate, and putting the proceeds towards a really good cause – Cancer research. We’ve printed a limited run of newspapers as a program to accompany the event, which can be bought from exhibition if you hot foot it down there!

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Over 500 artists and designers got involved to create a brilliant series of posters to commemorate the event which are now being exhibited at The Proud Archivist.

Entry is totally free but donations are of course very welcome, with all funds raised going to Cancer Research UK. 

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You can read all about the exhibition and find out how to donate here.

All photographs here taken by David Craik Photography.

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Enjoy the Ride

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Enjoy the Ride is ‘a fanzine dedicated to all things automotive, scootering, motorbikes, design, art and photography’ created by graphic designer David Hardy. It’s a beautiful publication for sale in the Newsagent for £6.50. Here’s what David says about his newspaper:

Enjoy The Ride originally started out as a blog inspired by my love of wheels. The site features mainly vintage racing scooters & motorcycles as this is a real passion of mine. The fanzine had been in the pipeline for some time and being a graphic designer I had a real desire to translate some of the digital media into print. Newspaper stock suited the archive imagery & 35mm photography perfectly.  The concept behind the delivery was to create something mainly visual and not text heavy. There’s also something about the disposable quality of a newspaper that’s really attractive. Once the pages are filled with typography and photographs it immediately creates tension.

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The first issue was dedicated to notions of adventure, voyager, gadabout (One who roams or roves about, as in search of amusement or social activity). For many of us the pleasure of riding is a means of relaxation, escapism or in some cases a kind of prozac. We ride to experience new places, meet new friends and sometimes push ourselves beyond our comfort zones. As the road broadens, so does our emotional states of mind.

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Work is currently underway on a second issue. Thanks for printing with us, David!

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Paper of the Month: Everything for Breakfast

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Our Paper of the Month for July is Everything for Breakfast from Sheffield-based illustrator David Hill. Set in a brilliantly drawn universe, the 20-page digital tabloid starts off with an invitation to a birthday breakfast on a lighthouse. The story follows an adventurer in a fabulous jumper, making her way across the world one breakfast at a time — it’s our kind of comic. Just look at that bedroom!

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Unfortunately we can’t jump into the pages, but David was happy to tell us a bit more about his comic:

Everything for Breakfast is the result of my final university project, where I wanted to create something for children to interact with, to read through, and to implicitly receive the message of the importance of acceptance and tolerance amongst different cultures.

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I use my child protagonists – Scottish Explorer Aggie and Ghanaian food lover Kofi – to get the message across in their own unique way. In issue one, Aggie encounters the Tunnel Dudes, a grumpy set of postmen, who become both help and hindrances throughout. They reluctantly help her on her way south towards the Congo jungle so she can find the best present for Kofi’s birthday, while eating all the breakfast she can before setting off again.

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Children’s comics have been around for many years, though a gap seems apparent in educational comics for kids who are becoming more socially independent as they move from primary to secondary school. With this project I was hoping to bridge that gap with my contribution.

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I see the comic being read by kids in schools during the morning breakfast routine, or at break time, so I wanted the comic to be a larger format than the usual issued comic of today, and saw that our University’s graduation brochure was being printed through Newspaper Club. I’ve been aware of the company for a while so this was the perfect excuse to see what my work looks like as a newspaper. The results are great, and I didn’t expect the company to be so personal with the project! And now I know how to make Issue 2 even better.

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This is just the first of a planned four installments, and we can’t wait for the next issue. Thanks for printing with us, David!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

 

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Observe: Cambridge Edition

 

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It’s always tempting to sneak a look when you come across someone drawing in a sketchbook. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to be given a guilt-free glimpse in the form of a newspaper. Hannah Blackman-Kurz is a terribly talented illustrator — she’s written a gorgeous children’s book called The Qalupalik and designed posters for the Cambridge Arts Theatre – who has published bits of her travelling sketchbook as a 12-page digital tabloid. Observe is a collection of drawings she did in her local coffee shops, and she tells us a bit about the project:

Observe was a self initiated day project that was based in Cambridge coffee shops. It was a experimentation on how my images would feel placed on a newspaper format and if it gave a different quality to the images, it also fitted the theme of coffee shops and how newspapers are associated with them.

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It was great to see how they finally turned out, it gave the images more of a tactile approach where people can pick them up and don’t feel they have to be so precious with it unlike going through someone’s sketchbook. I’m going to keep experimenting hopefully there shall be a few more editions over the the summer! Thanks Newspaper Club!

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We love Hannah’s work and you can see more of it on her blog. Thank you for printing with us!

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The buzz about The Stinger

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We printed the first issue of music magazine The Stinger in February and last month they published their third issue. It’s a cracking publication out of Hastings covering local music news and history, from interviews with current acts to ‘I Was There’ accounts of gigs gone by (like the Sex Pistols and Nick Cave playing Hastings Pier). It’s all put together by volunteers, working with the Fat Tuesday charity, and distributed locally for free. Managing Editor Andy Gunton wrote to tell us about the newspaper:

The Stinger is a free, independent, local music magazine for Hastings and the surrounding ‘1066’ area. Its aim is to help promote, support and encourage original local music. The magazine is published every other month and is written and produced by local music lovers, who are all passionate about both their hometown and the music created and played within it.

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In a very timely development, Hastings has recently been officially recognised as the ‘most musically sophisticated town in the UK’. Happily we now have a local music magazine to help celebrate and publicise that fact. The team behind the magazine want to produce engaging, educational and readable content, something that the readers would wish to keep for its own sake, instead of glancing at and casting aside.

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The design and look of The Stinger was an important consideration when first putting the magazine together. The editors wanted a magazine that looked and felt a little different to other local music and listing publications– hence producing a traditional mini newspaper instead of an A5 sized glossy publication.

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When we first heard of Newspaper Club and saw samples of their products, we knew they would be the right people to put our creation into print. We have been very happy with the service we’ve received from the Newspaper Club team, from the prompt and friendly replies to our initial enquiries, right through to the advice and help given when The Stinger finally went to print. Launching a new print magazine, albeit locally, in this digital age is a bit of a leap of faith, and a rather daunting prospect as well. So, to have a stress free printing and delivery process is very welcome, and one less thing to worry about!

You can download a copy of The Stinger online and keep up with the magazine on Twitter. Thank you for printing with us!

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Splendid Vol. 1

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Splendid is a handsome collection of black and white ink drawings from illustrator  Samuel St. Leger. The 16-page digital tabloid includes a centrefold drawing of the Raft of Medusa and a wrap-around cover featuring this dour chap, Sea-weed Sad-face:

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It’s a great little publication available in The Newsagent now for £6.50 including delivery. We asked Samuel to tell us about the project:

The idea behind Splendid (in as much as it can be said to have any idea behind it at all) was that I wanted to collect together some of the illustrations I had made at the time. There isn’t really a coherent theme to the paper, and each image is printed large enough to be considered on its own, though in general I tend towards nostalgic images, often tainted/mutated/warped by the passing of time and all rendered in a harsh black and white line which borrows somewhat from woodcuts, engravings, and comics.

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I have always loved the look and feel of newsprint and this project seemed to finally be something where I could marry the two — my black and white illustrations printed in a newspaper. It hadn’t escaped my attention that several artists also used newspapers to produce limited run comics and the like (Chris Ware being the easiest one to spring to mind) and I think I hoped to make Edition 1 from a backlog of work, print it and sell the whole run, then move on to Edition 2, 3, 4 etc.

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I really didn’t have to search that hard to find Newspaper Club — literally just Googled ‘newspaper printing UK’ I think — and the site was the first to appear that was able to make short runs, in a good turn-around period and at a price I could understand and afford. Also, upon further investigation, Newspaper Club are very human, helpful and engaged — especially when I had a small flap about using process black or 100% CMYK black for my edition.

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I faffed around quite a bit with the ordering and layout of my paper, and having decided on a short run, set about making a wrap-around cover (combined with a centrefold image, both things I remember as massive selling points for comics and fanzines of my youth) and drawing a couple of new bits. Then I sent it to print and waited.

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The best bit was when the box arrived at my workplace and I scrabbled at it pulling newspapers out. As I work in a creative agency a fair few people there were interested in the paper and bought them immediately. I still love to look through Splendid and it brings me immense satisfaction as an object to be interacted with and as a record of my work at that time. I have a couple left on my shelves in my studio, and every now and then, if I sell something via Etsy or the like I will chuck a copy in as a bonus!

You can find more of Samuel’s drawings and musings on his blog. Thank you for printing with us!

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Web Press Vol. 1

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Here’s an interesting project from Of Another, ‘a design studio for page and screen’ led by Frank Chimero. Web Press Vol. 1 is a publication put together with undergraduate students at the University of Florida that translates web content onto the physical page. Believe it or not, it’s the first digital tabloid we’ve printed that features illustrations of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. A bit more about the newspaper from Of Another:

Many of the qualities we associate with digital mediums—transience, cheapness, piecemeal—also apply to newspapers.

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Web Press is an ongoing exploration of this overlap by playing with the possibility of translating digital content (animated GIFs, CraigsList ads, Reddit threads, blog posts, YouTube videos, etc.) into a similarly inclined printed format to “stabilize” it. Interior spreads are designed by students in the workshop, and I design the covers afterward to capture the feel of the day. Copies of the paper arrive the following week.

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More issues will be added as they are completed.

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Paper of the Month: Asphalt Chronicles

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Our Paper of the Month for June is Asphalt Chronicles, a stunning photographic tribute to playground basketball. Photographer Kevin Couliau began documenting the sport from his hometown in France in 2004, and has since visited over 50 countries in what he calls a ‘photographic pilgrimage’ to capture the essence of the game.

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His photographs highlight the unique architecture of the pick-up basketball court, celebrating the variety of landscapes and cultures that make up a global community. Kevin writes:

This is not about NCAA, NBA or the PROS. This is not about the show, coaches and performance. This is not about money, sponsors and media.

It’s about the true essence of basketball, this universal movement taking place on the playgrounds: pick-up basketball. Everyday, millions of souls haunt the courts with passion, love and dedication. Some compete for the pride and social status earned on the blacktop, others use it to heal the wounds or escape the daily routine.

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Issue #01 features Manila, the capital and second largest city of the Philippines and what Kevin calls ‘the true Mecca of basketball on earth.’ The 24-page digital tabloid is limited to 150 copies. It’s a lovely piece of work and comes in a hand-crafted package with a wax seal.

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Asphalt Chronicles is a self-funded and independent publication. You can buy a copy through the Asphalt Chronicles website and you can also follow the project on Instagram. Look out for more issues, each highlighting a different city, to be published soon. Thank you for printing with us, Kevin!

About Paper of the Month

Every month, we give a £100 Newspaper Club voucher to one paper shared in The Newsagent. If you’ve printed a paper with us, share your paper (through the settings in your account) for a chance to win.

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Get your last Bedford Clanger

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It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to The Bedford Clanger, which has just printed its final issue. We have been working with Erica and team since 2011, and it has been great to see a small local paper grow and grow.

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It’s one of the few titles to have appeared in all three sizes over the years – mini, tabloid and broadsheet.

We’re assured that there are future Bedford newspapers in the pipeline and look forward to seeing what the lovely Clanger team turn their hands to next. Thanks for printing it with us and for being such fun to work with!

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The first annual Sheffield Design Week

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We printed the programme for the first annual Sheffield Design Week, which is happening now until 29 June. The festival aims to showcase the best local and international talent across the design world — from architecture to product design to fashion. There will be exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and more. There’s even a special Made North beer brewed by Thornbridge Brewery to mark the occasion. You can find the festival schedule on the Sheffield Design Week website and follow the action on Twitter.

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