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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The last Clanger – photo by The Bedford Clanger

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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A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz

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Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges published his short story “A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz” in 1949. The folk tale has been beautifully interpreted by Falmouth illustration student Christos Papakonstantinopoulos in a monochrome graphic novel– we think the bold black-and-white panels look brilliant printed in a digital tabloid newspaper. A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz is available in The Newsagent now for £7.25. Christos says about his project:

This illustrated newspaper was the result of my research on adapting short stories into the Graphic Novel format. It was part of my final project for the MA Illustration: Authorial Practice in Falmouth University. A limited edition of 22 numbered and signed copies was exhibited in the 2013 MA show in Falmouth, Cornwall.

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The Argentine Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most significant writers of the 20th century, dedicated a lot of his writings to telling stories about the life of well known folk heroes of his country. His short story “A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874)” is an example of how one of these heroes lived. It’s a documentation of customs, habits, and traditions related to the gauchos: the South American version of cowboys.

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Gauchos played an important role in Argentina ‘s struggle against colonialism, and became a symbol of courage and freedom. Living in the country’s wide plains (with sole companion a knife, a poncho, and a horse) was tough, and sometimes brutal. This explains, in a way, the reason why they were so popular among literature, and artistic circles all over Latin America. These features of the gaucho’s way of life, which reveal the unknown but very interesting world of the South American cowboys, are presented through the pages of this newspaper.

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By telling the story through the Graphic Novel medium I hope it will reach a wide audience of all ages as, in my view, the narrative potentials and the special aesthetics of the medium redefine the limits of contemporary literature.

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This visualized version of J. L. Borges short story was hand written, hand drawn and inked in Kathmor House Studios, based in Falmouth, and it is part of a collection of illustrated short stories under the title Kathmor Illustrated Series, which will be released shortly.

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My tutors, fellow students, and me agreed that the most suitable print form for my work would be the newsprint. The expressive character of the black and white drawings are perfectly presented through the material qualities of the traditional newsprint paper. When I received the package with the papers I was surprised to see the final drawings printed, and eventually work as a total visual composition. The newspaper fulfilled our expectations completely, and it was a big success.

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Thank you for printing with us, Christos!

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Pond Life Papers

For the last year, David Ross, Glasgow based designer (and NPC neighbour), has been working on a collaborative product to make beautiful flat pack lamps with a whole host other local illustrators, artists and designers.

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His pondlife themed designs were created to “restore a little love for self-assembly furniture”, giving owners “a connection with the object, a greater understanding of the design and an increased sense of ownership of the product,” once they’ve teased together the simple, elegant frames.

David says: “The shades and frames were inspired by an ongoing interest in ponds, particularly the creatures, plants and structures that make up a pond’s ecosystem.”

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“I made the newspapers for my exhibition primarily because I wanted the opportunity to give a greater background to the product I was launching (including information about 10 collaborators!) without having to print hundreds of sheets of paper in my studio.
Secondly, the newspaper is a far nicer object to pick-up and read than a few sheets of A4, and I hope people will be more likely to hang onto it.
And thirdly, with the Pond Life Laser Lamps I tried to create an honest and fun product – I feel that this is mirrored with a newspaper.”

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The lamps are still on display now in an exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, and can be bought through the Lighthouse shop, Tojo, or David’s website here. They also happen to feature work by the great Chris Watson, who shares our office space, and one shade by yours truly.

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Printed Web #1

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Housed in a wooden display crate in Long Island, the Library of the Printed Web is ‘a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web.’

The collection includes zines of Twitter feeds and photography books compiling images from Google Street View. The proprietor is Paul Soulellis, an artist and creative director based in New York who began accumulating ‘web culture articulated as printed artifact’ in 2013. Soulellis presented a very interesting talk about the Library of the Printed Web at the opening of 57th Venice Biennale and recently published Printed Web #1, the first publication devoted to web-to-print art and discourse. The 64-page tabloid newspaper is available in The Newsagent now for £13 including delivery. Here’s what Paul has to say about the publication:

In October 2013 I invited several web-to-print artists whose work I collect for Library of the Printed Web to contribute new work for an exhibition. The show would take the form of a 64-page publication. The result is Printed Web #1.

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These are artists who sift through enormous accumulations of images and texts on the web—hunting, grabbing, compiling and publishing. Nearly all of the artists here (Mishka Henner, Joachim Schmid, Clement Valla, Benjamin Shaykin, Christian Bök, David Horvitz, Penelope Umbrico and Chris Alexander) use the search engine for navigation and discovery, enacting a kind of performance with data. Additionally, pivotal texts by Hito Steyerl and Kenneth Goldsmith suggest a narrative frame for examining the work.

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Printed Web #1 does not define a movement or an aesthetic; rather, it implies something spatial, or a new way of working in the world. Perhaps these pages present evidence of an emerging web-to-print practice forming around the artist (as archivist), the web (as culture) and publishing (as both an old and a new schema for expressing the archive).

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See more of Paul Soulellis’s projects on his website and follow the ever-growing collection of the Library of the Printed Web.

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St. Jude’s In The City

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There’s a lovely event happening now at The Town House in Spitalfieds. St. Jude’s In The City is an exhibition of recent works by artists Angie Lewin and Alex Malcolmson organised by St. Jude’s Prints.

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They printed a mini newspaper to go alongside the exhibition — a teaser edition for the second issue of their publication Random Spectacular. (The first smashing issue of Random Spectacular can be seen on their website.) It features works from the exhibition, including Alex Malcomson’s box constructions and Angie Lewin’s linocuts, as well as essays about London from Random Spectacular contributors.

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Free copies of the newspaper are available (while stocks last) at the exhibition, which runs until 5pm on Saturday 24th May (daily open times are listed online). They’ll also have a small number of copies available to purchase (for a nominal amount) online after the exhibition.

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Full exhibition details can be found on the St. Jude’s website. Random Spectacular No. 2 will be published in June, and as with the first issue all profits go to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. You can follow St. Jude’s on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear when it’s out for sale.

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