Paper of the Month: Raised Eyebrows #2

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July’s Paper of the Month is Raised Eyebrows #2, from Melbourne-based illustrator Oslo Davis. It’s a digital tabloid collection of Oslo’s witty and understated comics, a welcome follow-up to Raised Eyebrows #1 which he printed with us this time last year.

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Oslo contributes two cartoons a week to Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, as well as a weekly cartoon for his brilliant Overheard feature in The Sunday Age, where he illustrates out-of-context snippets of conversation (a recent comic shows a man in a puffy vest talking into his phone: ‘I got the purple. Will it stay this puffy or die down a bit?’) Oslo has said his jokes ‘start with something that we can all connect to and then just take a step further into the unknown; and hopefully it’s funny.’ We asked Oslo to tell us about his latest collection:

Raised Eyebrows #2 is the second edition of an annual newspaper I do to promote what I do. I am an illustrator and cartoonist for newspapers and magazines worldwide, and this edition of Raised Eyebrows is a roundup of some of the better cartoons I’ve done recently.

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Newspapers as a format are no-nonsese and less-precious than books or glossy magazines. They are accessible, foldable, readable and don’t take themselves too seriously. And because of this they are especially perfect for cartoons.

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Cartoons themselves are, I think, inherently ephemeral and light: you look at them quickly, maybe laugh, then move on. You might even cut them out, stick them on your fridge. And since many of my cartoons appear in local broadsheet newspapers here in Melbourne, producing a collection of my work in my own newspaper made perfect sense.

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You can buy Raised Eyebrows #2 for £6.50 in The Newsagent. Congratulations, Oslo — thank you for printing with us! We’ll look forward to #3 next year.

About Paper of the Month

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Some Things I Have Made

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Matt Chase is a freelance designer and illustrator based in Washington, DC. He has a wildly varied roster of accomplishments, from designing a cracking guide to Copenhagen for Herb Lester to having the chutzpah to propose a radical rebranding of the United States Postal Service. It’s no surprise, then, that he put together one of the most dynamic and eye-catching portfolios we’ve seen. He chose a digital tabloid to showcase major editorial and illustration projects — we’ll let him explain:

I printed Some Things I Have Made in 2014 as a mailed self-promotion piece, which contains—as the title infers—a whole heap of things I’ve created, over the course of about five years.

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My work spans a fairly wide gamut, and I realized that a multi-page mailer would afford far more opportunities to showcase my projects than, say, a simple postcard (which is relatively small and easy to ignore).

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The reception was overwhelmingly positive—I had several art directors call me the moment they received the piece, and one Creative Director even mentioned in an e-mail that it was the single best promotion he’d ever been sent. Honestly, I barely expected the piece to garner enough commissions to cover the cost of printing, but I can happily say that it’s paid for itself nearly ten times over.

matt-chase-self-promo-4_1000You can keep up with Matt’s latest projects through his great work journal. Thanks for printing with us, Matt!

Learn more about our Digital Tabloid newspapers. Our most popular product — perfect for wedding invitations, zines, comics, newsletters, catalogues…the possibilities are endless. Print one copy or print hundreds. We deliver worldwide in just a few days.

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The Extra Terrestrial

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It’s the classic story of boy meets girl meets probing aliens. The Extra Terrestrial is a digital tabloid comic from illustrator Alicia Jennings, who just finished up her degree at the University of Hertfordshire. (Her final project was a lovely study of cabbie’s shelters in London.)

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Alicia created her illustrations with newsprint in mind, explaining that she used bold, clear lines and a limited colour palette to suit the medium. The result is a simple story presented beautifully — an encouraging case of manipulating constraints to your favour.

 

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Looking for more illustrated newspapers?  We’ve written about some of our favourites here on the blog and you can browse even more in The Newsagent. Thinking of printing your own illustrated newspaper? Request a sample or get in touch with us at support@newspaperclub.com with any questions — we’re happy to help.

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The Mancunian Way

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If your city were home to a building called the Toast Rack, wouldn’t you be proud? Illustrator Jacob Phillips sure is, and he’s published The Mancunian Way to prove it. It’s a limited edition digital tabloid zine celebrating Manchester’s charms — ‘from the heavy grey skies, right down to the grease-blotted paper on the ground outside your favourite takeaway.’

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With a collection of Manchester-centric work from illustrators, writers, photographers, and designers, The Mancunian Way is a diverse and delightful publication (complete with ‘Dress a Manc’ paper dolls and requisite Morrissey portraits). Each copy of the zine comes signed and numbered — and includes an original sketch.

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You can skim The Mancunian Way in The Newsagent or order a copy from Jacob’s online shop. Thank you for printing with us!

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Voyage of the Friendly Floatees

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In 1992, a shipment of nearly 30,000 Friendly Floatees rubber toys was washed overboard a container ship. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracked the Floatees for years, using their movements as the basis for his models of ocean currents. Beachcombers reported sightings on the shores of Hawaii and the Gulf of Alaska, and Floatees were even discovered frozen in Arctic ice.

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Illustration student Rachel Cook loved this story (who wouldn’t?) and created a series of paper cut outs of the Friendly Floatees for a university project. She imagined their journey with her delightful illustrations and collected them in a digital tabloid newspaper.

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Rachel had some kind words to say about the process: ‘I am so incredibly happy with the final outcome from Newspaper Club. I will definitely be coming back to hopefully make some more quirky newspapers. The quality of  print is fantastic. I had a good idea of the size and colours that the newspaper would be as you can order a free sample which has pretty much everything you will need to know before sending to print.’

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Thanks for printing with us, Rachel!

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Welcome to Leipzig

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When illustrator Rachel McParland visited Leipzig, she filled her sketchbook with her favourite aspects of the city: ‘the buildings, the history, the bikes, and even the pretzels!’ She used the illustrations in her response to a Student YCN Brief for Airbnb encouraging people to ‘belong anywhere’ — and chose a digital tabloid newspaper to showcase her work.

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‘I wanted to show Leipzig off, show it as the vibrant colourful city that it truly is,’ she tells us.  ‘I created a series of watercolour illustrations of all the things I felt people should know about or pay attention to in Leipzig.’ The result is Welcome to Leipzig — a lovely travel journal pointing out the type of delightful landmarks that an M. Sasek book would celebrate (the zoo, the choir hall, Bach’s burial place).

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Rachel is selling her wonderful view of Leipzig in The Newsagent and you can see more of her work on her website. Thank you for printing with us, Rachel  and happy travels!

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Monday toons

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Pass the Deficit

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The Pop-Up Poll Booth is a travelling polling station with a clever twist: voters cast a ballot for the politician they can’t stand the most.

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Illustration student Holly MacDonald launched the Pop-Up Poll Booth during the UK general election in May, transforming an empty shop in Brighton Laines into an unusually lively poll booth plastered with her neon caricatures.

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‘The aim of The Pop-Up Poll Booth is not only to vent anger against the government,’ she tells us, ‘but also to learn about basic politics and engage with the subject.’

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Holly printed a digital tabloid newspaper, Pass the Deficit, as an election guide to go along with the project. It includes information about the UK voting system and party manifestos, alongside some brilliant illustrations from Holly.

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 You can download Pass the Deficit for free online or pick up a copy at the Bright Graduate Show. Holly plans to stage a Patriotic Poll Booth based on the US voting system in July, follow along on Twitter for more details.

Thanks for printing with us, Holly!

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Paper of the Month: The Typefaces

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Our Paper of the Month for May is The Typefaces from illustrator Scott Lambert. Inspired by ‘letterpress printing and childlike observations,’ The Typefaces is a simple and delightfully clever typography puzzle that reveals hidden faces in the common alphabet.

What’s lovely is that The Typefaces are quiet, subtle illusions. It takes a few seconds to see the characters, which emerge from familiar letters in Rubin’s vase fashion. For example, a pair of polar bears disguised in the letters P and Q:

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Originally printed as a book, it grew into a more affordable (and commuter-friendly) newsprint edition that you can buy in The Newsagent for £9.

Scott gives us the whole story of this charming publication:

The Typefaces are faces in type. It’s that simple.  It’s a mix of two of the things I love to the most – designing and dadding.

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They started in a book, but the concern for me with blurb.com was that the printing for a book was $26 but the shipping to Singapore was $45. Then a friend told me about Newspaper Club so I thought I would give it a try. I think newspapers have an appeal for designers, and especially design students.

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Now The Typefaces are on t-shirts and posters. The whole project is print on demand – so there is no major outlay for me.

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The best way I have found to describe them is ‘for the designer in every child and the child in every designer’. There are no signs of making any profit any time soon, it really is a labour of love.

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Pick up a copy of the The Typefaces in The Newsagent or visit the official website for posters, shirts, and more. You can also follow The Typefaces on Twitter (and why wouldn’t you?)

Thanks for printing with us!

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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The Memoirs of Sweet Fanny Adams

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The Memoirs of Sweet Fanny Adams is a delight. The comic, from illustrator Fran Colomb, follows down-on-her-luck seamstress Fanny, who daydreams of triple-tiered cake stands and looks a bit like Tintin in ballet pumps. It’s a very British sort of story, quaintly bleak with so many tiny, witty details (like a poster wall with advertisements for a kitten circus and Wonderful Seances – Ectoplasm Guaranteed).

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It’s really lovely storytelling. We asked Fran to tell us more about the Fanny Adams project:

I printed Chapter One of The Memoirs Of Sweet Fanny Adams with the aim of working out the look and feel of a longer project. I wanted to get something printed and out there to see if people were interested enough for me to continue (and to have a bit of a party along the way.)

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After hunting around on the zine scene for an affordable printer, Newspaper Club was the easiest and most affordable way of doing it. As the artwork is digital, the first time I saw the whole piece on paper was when the proof came through the post. As the story involves the gutter press and celebrity, tomorrow’s chip paper  lends itself well to the project. (I had been looking at a lot of printed ephemera, especially the throw away kind, whilst researching the graphics.)

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I printed 50 digital tabloid copies which I personally editioned, handmade some Belly bands and calling cards, and had a launch party at a pub in London. As I like a bit of lo/no budget, I also made myself a website from scratch.

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I was extremely pleased with the colour quality of the newspaper and found ARTHR very easy to use once I’d got my head around it and email enquiries were answered very promptly by Newspaper Club.

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Chapter One of Sweet Fanny Adams is part of a much longer graphic novel project. I intend to continue publishing the chapters in part works or “feuilleton,” but haven’t entirely decided which direction I want to go yet. But I’m happy with the results so far and have had plenty of interest – I have recouped my print costs already. Watch this space!

Thanks for printing with us, Fran! Please keep us posted on the next issue.

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