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!

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It’s Makeup Time!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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SALE! from Nat. Brut

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The biannual journal Nat. Brut has a bone to pick with art and literary magazines—so they said, when they launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to turn the offbeat digital magazine into an analog publication.

After two years online, Nat. Brut published their first print issue (on 100% recycled paper) earlier this year, the next stage in their master plan to become “the ONLY socially progressive, environmentally sustainable magazine that is obsessively committed to crafting a well-designed collection of interesting and engaging work from every corner of the creative universe and making it accessible to everyone!”

It’s a mouthful of a mission statement, but we’re on board.

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Nat. Brut launched their first print issue, which happens to be Issue Five, in a bundle that also includes a traditional mini newspaper. SALE!  is a concept piece, “an absurdist free-for-all with biting social critique.”

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More from co-editor Axel Severs: “Part satire, part alt-lit experiment, SALE! is a humorous foray into print culture’s capitalist underbelly. Composed and designed entirely by editor Kayla E., this delightful lil’ pamphlet contains 30 pages of side-splitting fake ads and bogus products concocted by writers and artists such as Chris Ware, Alexis Wilkinson, Michael Kupperman, and Blythe Roberson.”

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SALE! is available in the Nat. Brut online store and can be purchased on its own or as a bundle with Issue Five of Nat. Brut. You can follow Nat. Brut on Tumblr and Twitter. Free open submissions to the journal open in November.

Thank you for printing with us!

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Newscastle Science Comic: Spineless

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Newcastle Science Comic strikes again! The wonderful folks behind Asteroid Belter have teamed up with curators and researchers from Great North Museum: Hancock to produce a insect-centric comic (say that ten times fast) for the museum’s latest exhibition. Spineless is all about invertebrates—where they live, what they do, and why they’re important.

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“We chose to print on newsprint as it’s fun for reader to read and for artists to work with,” says editor Lydia Wysocki. “The traditional mini format is an ideal size for children age 6-10 (and adults too) to read both at the Spineless exhibition and to take home from the museum. It also proved cost-effective for our whopping 20,000 print run.”

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Spineless is published by Applied Comics Etc with contributions from illustrators Jess Bradley, Terry Wiley, John Gatehouse, Dave Windett, Emily Rose Lambert, Sigmund Reimann, and Samuel C Williams.

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The Spineless exhibition is on at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle from 1 August-1 November 2015. Both the comic and the exhibition are free.

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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.

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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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