Newspaper of the Month: Penny

Newspaper of the Month: Penny MagazineOur Newspaper of the Month for June is Penny, a new, collaborative publication of illustrated flash prose. After a year-long digital experiment, Penny launched not one, but two print editions: a perfect-bound magazine and a digital tabloid newspaper. They polled their readers to pick the final format – and newsprint won!

Issue One features work from 34 established and emerging illustrators and writers, including Jerome Charyn (whom Michael Chabon calls “one of the most important writers in American literature”).

We caught up with co-editor Kate Thomas to find out why they made the leap from digital to newsprint and what the future holds for Penny.

Newspaper of the Month: Penny MagazinePenny Issue OneIllustration by Haejin Park.

Penny celebrates flash prose. What is flash prose and what inspired you to start a publication about it?

Flash prose is very short fiction, creative nonfiction or prose poetry. Flash prose is perfect for the new and unusual, because the reader gives less of their time and is more accepting of risks. It’s also a great disruptor to the everyday because it can be read on a break, a commute, really whenever and wherever.

We also wanted to be there for those who would love to read longer work, but are simply very busy. Perfect example, here’s what happened when I tried to take a picture of my husband reading our new issue of Penny tonight:

Newspaper of the Month: Penny Magazine, a publication celebrating flash fictionWhere does the name Penny come from?

Penny is named after The Penny Magazine, an illustrated British magazine (on newsprint!) from the 19th century, aimed at the working and middle classes.

Why did Penny make the move from online zine to print? Did this change your approach to the content?

Our main mission in publishing Penny is to bring more readers into the literary fold, and our move to print is a continuation of that goal. Print doesn’t have to compete with a thousand other things coming at you through your phone, and it also sits around as a reminder, inviting you to read it.

Printing on newsprint also adds a new level of interactivity, as the illustrations get second lives as posters, and in this issue, there’s even an opportunity for readers to be their own colorist for one of the illustrations (okay, it’s a coloring page).

If you’re more digitally inclined, you can still find all of our content online. Our approach to curation will remain the same: wonderful illustrated prose that is more than the sum of its parts.

Newspaper of the Month: Penny MagazinePenny Issue OneIllustration by Carlos Brito.

Penny was first printed as a magazine. Why did you decide to make a newspaper, too?

We’re actually putting them out at the same time. My editing partner, Jennifer McPheeters, and I have joked from the beginning that we are a modern-day version of The Odd Couple. She goes for all things classic, and I like to experiment, stay fluid, and pull in different ideas.

I’ve been obsessed with newsprint for years, and when we discussed the move to print, I seized on the chance to see our wonderful illustrations printed large enough to feel like it’s your whole world in that minute, and as a format it makes us affordable to more people. Jennifer envisioned a more traditional format that would look right at home on your bookshelf.

Realizing that we represented two different sections of our demographic, we developed both iterations. We’ll let our readers decide for themselves what a literary zine of illustrated prose should look like!

Newspaper of the Month: Penny MagazinePenny Issue One. Illustration by Rachel Lesser.

How do the illustrations and writing work together? Does one inform the other?

Our illustrated shorts are a call-and-response between talented artists. Sometimes the call comes from the illustrator, and sometimes it comes from the writer. But in every instance, the best combinations complement, rather than explain, each other.

What’s your favorite part of putting together a print version of Penny?

Hands down, seeing it in print. I’ve been designing digitally longer than I have in print, and though a print publication is not nearly as forgiving of mistakes as a website (you can’t undo a printed typo!), printed material gives a much more visceral satisfaction, and it feels a lot like finding treasure. I’ve been collecting old newspapers and magazines for years, so to make one is a real joy.

Newspaper of the Month: Penny MagazinePenny Issue One. Cover illustration by Mitucami Mituca.

If you live in the UK, you can get your hands on a copy of Penny in The Newsagent. Otherwise you can find it right here for $10 (or online for free).

Keep up with Penny on Twitter and look out for Issue Two, which is open for submissions now.

About Newspaper of the Month

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

A visual guide to a year’s worth of seasonal produce

Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaperMeng Yang is a Chicago-based graphic designer. When he signed up for an organic produce share from local co-op Green Grocer last year, he decided to document his weekly bounty through illustration.

Now he’s turned his drawings into a digital tabloid newspaper cataloguing 38 weeks of seasonal fruits and vegetables. It’s a wonderful visual guide to a year’s worth of organic produce – plus some cooking tips that Yang picked up along the way. Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaper by Meng Yang“I thought it would be an interesting idea to visually show the varying items that I picked up weekly,” he says. “And to highlight the quality difference of opting to shop at a local mom-n-pop shop versus the discount chains.”Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaper“Thumbing through a 52-page newspaper was the perfect format to showcase the sheer amount vegetables and fruits that run the gamut for 4 season’s worth of goods.”Green Grocer digital tabloid illustrated newspaper by Meng Yang“It was a fun project to collaborate with a fellow illustrator friend of mine, Johnny Decker Miller, and I’m extremely happy with the print quality from the newspapers.”

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The dreamy comic landscape of Lila #2

Lila #2 illustrated newspaper by David Mathews

David Mathews is a Delhi-born illustrator, book designer and animator based in Vienna. Lila #2 is his digital tabloid newspaper – a story of friendship and affection over distance and between books. Through absorbing, dream-like illustrations, Mathews asks his reader: what happens when our lives and the lives of those dear to us begin to diverge?

Lila #2 illustrated newspaper by David Mathews
There’s no straight answer, but Lila #2 is a joy to puzzle over. Mathews says he chose newsprint as a tribute to “the heyday of broadsheet comics luminaries such as Krazy Kat.”  We love that Mathews has infused the classic, monochromatic comic strip landscape with hypnotic details and lava lamp hues. Lila1

Lila #2 is the second issue of what Mathews describes as a “sporadic, ongoing picture-story periodical.”

Lila #2 illustrated newspaper by David Mathews

Lila #2 is available in The Newsagent now for £10 (including delivery).

Head over to David Mathews’s website for more beautiful illustration – and see some of it come to life!

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Newspaper of the Month: Washed Out

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.

Our Newspaper of the Month for April is Washed Out, a colouring zine that aims to raise awareness of mental health through art. Created by UK-based illustrator Jamie Kirk, Washed Out is a collection of illustrations designed to be coloured in and to encourage readers to “explore creativity and eliminate stress” in the process of learning about mental health.

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.

Contributors to the digital tabloid zine include French illustrator Jean Jullien, Spanish illustrators Brosmind and Portland-based artist Sam Larson.

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.

Washed Out will be available to purchase through The Newsagent from the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week on 16 May.  All profits will go to a mental health charity. Follow @feelingwashedout for regular updates.

Washed Out by Jamie Kirk. A digital tabloid colouring zine for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016. Printed by Newspaper Club.

About Newspaper of the Month

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

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An illustrated travel guide for far-flung adventures

One Day Travel Guide Newspaper by Claudia Castrone of Potpurri Berlin

Some minds wander. Others map out enchanting itineraries and doodle hypothetical luggage. Illustrator Claudia Castrone falls into the latter category, and we love her imaginative take on the travel guide.

One Day Travel Guide Newspaper by Claudia Castrone of Potpurri Berlin

Part of Berlin-based artist collective Popurrí, Castrone created digital tabloid One Day to coincide with Popurrí’s recent exhibition “One Day I’ll Travel The World.” Tasked with imagining a far-flung destination, Castrone chose to evoke the “longing for something or some place, but you are not really sure what or where.”

One Day Travel Guide Newspaper by Claudia Castrone of Potpurri Berlin

“The girl in my illustrations is packing her bag to travel to a tropical island, the moon, an imaginary place, the future, the North Pole. Maybe she went or maybe dreaming about it is enough.”

One Day Travel Guide Newspaper by Claudia Castrone of Potpurri Berlin

Adventurous armchair travellers can request a copy of One Day by writing to ccastrone@gmail.com.

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Newspaper of the Month: Year in Refuse

Year in Refuse illustration newspaper by Alex Westgate

Our Newspaper of the Month for February is Year in Refuse from illustrator Alex Westgate. Proof that one person’s trash is another’s treasure, this digital tabloid newspaper is a collection of rejected concepts – ideas that were “too weird, unsettling and otherwise unpublishable,” says Westgate. We love them all!

Year in Refuse illustration newspaper by Alex Westgate

When the Toronto-based artist’s work isn’t getting rejected, it’s being used by the likes of the BBC, Reader’s Digest, AT&T, and the Washington Post. Westgate says he enjoys making images that are “both optimistic and irreverent” and word is he’s been working on a new zine.

Year in Refuse illustration newspaper by Alex Westgate

A few copies of Year in Refuse are still available for sale in Westgate’s web shop and he’s throwing in an awesome “Bad Seed” patch with every order. Now, who could say no to that? Thanks for printing with us!

About Newspaper of the Month

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

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It’s Makeup Time!

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

Newspapers aren’t just for reading. They’re also for drying shoes, wrapping giftssharpening knives, and wearing on your head. So there’s no reason why you couldn’t put makeup on them, too. It’s Makeup Time! is a digital tabloid that’s designed for just that – though crayons can stand in for lipstick and eyeshadow.

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

It’s Makeup Time! was created by Amy Lesko, makeup fanatic and graphic design student at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Newspapers are always fun to scribble on, but Amy’s wonderful illustrations make the experience extra joyful. She tells us more about her project:

It’s Make Up Time! is a disposable activity book for a younger audience. It features playful imagery with spaces for the reader to join in. From drawing on a funky hairstyle to coloring in a lovely big face – it’s a make up adventure!

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

The process began from a university brief – “dot dash”. I have always loved illustrating cosmetics and beauty items and considered the way people apply make up. The way we dash on mascara and dot on our blusher all seemed to fit with the initial brief.

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

I chose a newspaper format out of pure intrigue– I have always wanted to see my work in newsprint! The activity book quality worked hand in hand with the size of a tabloid.

Amy Lesko It's Make Up Time Activity Book Newspaper

Printing with Newspaper Club has been an absolute pleasure (never a chore). The site is easy to use and the InDesign templates make everything straightforward.

Pick up a copy of It’s Makeup Time! in the The Newsagent and get doodling. You can also spy on Amy’s works in progress on her blog and find her on Twitter and Instagram. Thanks for printing with us!

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A hidden newspaper inside Intermezzi

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This is Intermezzi by Henriette Klara Artz. You might think it looks more like a book than a newspaper – and you’d be right.

But tucked inside this lovely illustrated book is, in fact, a lovely newspaper. Or rather, small pieces of a newspaper. It looks like this:

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Intermezzi, which means “interludes” in Italian, is comprised of small, quiet absurdities drawn from real life. The carefully interspersed slips of newsprint at once interrupt and enrich the narrative of the book. They’re interludes amidst interludes. Henriette tells us how the idea came about:

Intermezzi is a collection of observations from public spaces, snippets of conversations, and quick sketches. The episodes are about things we see all day, like crazy kids in the tube, selfies in the aquarium, or shopping at IKEA.

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To capture these funny observations I started to sketch in different spots in public and filled one small sketchbook in an hour.

Henriette Klara Artz newspaper Intermezzi

From that point I developed more detailed and finished drawings, but I still wanted to have the sketches presented as short moments in the book.

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So I printed them in their real size in a digital tabloid newspaper and bound them in between the stories. The thin newspaper underlines the character of the sketches and builts a nice contrast to the other drawings.

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For more surprising interludes, visit Henriette’s website. Thank you for printing with us!

Learn more about our digital tabloid newspapers. Our most popular product, great for everything from weddings to portfolios, props and posters. Easy to try out – print one copy or print hundreds.

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Illustration and Lettering by Bill Rebholz

Bill Rebholz promotional newspaper

By his own admission, illustrator Bill Rebholz is fascinated with “the bizarre and idiosyncratic.” A flip through his digital mini newspaper reveals that this fascination has informed a dexterous and delightful body of work. Bill uses his newspaper as a promotional mailer to keep up with current clients and introduce himself to new ones. We use it as an instant mood lifter, and keep a copy near at hand in the office.

Bill Rebholz Lettering Promotional Newspaper

Our digital printing is slightly brighter than standard newsprint and works beautifully with Bill’s color palette, which he describes as “mellow muted tones butted up against the brightest of brights.”

Bill Rebholz Lettering Promotional Newspaper

You can see more from Bill’s newspaper on his website but be warned – it’s easy to get lost in the charming details of his illustrated world.

Learn more about our digital mini newspapersThe sweet size for magazines, brochures, and more – all nicely stapled, too.

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Little Print Shop of Horrors

Little Print Shop of Horrors newspaper

For the fifth year running, Creative Spark in Manchester is selling spooky, limited edition designs in their Little Print Shop of Horrors!

To raise money for local charity Forever Manchester, the brand agency’s office split into teams to create print images based on the theme “Award Winning Horror.” The prints are up for sale online, and the team that sells the most prints wins.

They created a digital broadsheet newspaper to showcase the prints and “celebrate the hard work and creativity that has gone into this event over the last 5 years!” It’s a great little paper, filled with clever takes on classic films.

We’ve picked a few of our favourite designs from this year’s prints:

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Hocus Pocus by Jane Bowyer

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Where’s Thorwald? by Robyn Makinson

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Dial M by Andy Mallalieu

You can see all of this year’s prints in the Little Print Shop of Horrors online store. Little Print Shop of Horrors is in collaboration with Jelly London, Handsome Frank, Illustration, and Brazen PR.

Thanks for printing with us–and Happy Halloween! Have a spooky weekend all.

Learn more about our Digital Broadsheet newspapers. Our biggest format makes a big impression. Great for pull-outs, posters, and portfolios.

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