Newscastle Science Comic: Spineless

Newscastle Science

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.


“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.”


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.

Learn more about our Traditional Mini newspapers. These booklet-sized newspapers are a great way to tell your story, with the vibrant colours that come from traditional newspaper printing.

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Pass the Deficit

Pass the Deficit

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.’


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.

 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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Turning a box of slides into a family newspaper


This post is from Michaela, our brilliant Customer Assistant who printed a lovely newspaper for her dad’s birthday this year. With Father’s Day coming up in June, we asked her to share her project. 

When my dad turned 55 this year, I was faced with the same problem I have every year: what do I buy for someone who has enough mugs, jumpers, and books to last a lifetime? (Almost all of which were bought by me!) I’ve been working at Newspaper Club since the beginning of 2013, and thought this year the perfect gift would be a tabloid newspaper of his own.


Luckily, finding the content was easy. A few years back, my granddad passed on box of photographic slides that he had taken during the 50s – 60s when he and my grandma were newlyweds. In the box were pictures of my dad and his brother on holiday in various UK caravanning resorts, as well as their early scouting adventures, and trips to the beach on their matching red bikes.

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I’d managed to scan them in and make copies on my hard drive, but to my engineering dad who isn’t so tech savvy, they were about as useful on my computer as they had been in the box under the stairs. He’s a fan of reading and nostalgia, so this seemed like the perfect solution!


I set out to make a photo newspaper using ARTHR, our free online layout tool. We see on a day-to-day basis just how helpful ARTHR is for our customers – whether they’re creating a newspaper for the very first time, or just want a no fuss, simple way of uploading and laying out content. Since I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted to create and how I wanted it to look, I went with the blank template option. I could upload and manage my content almost anywhere in the document without having to worry about exporting images within the margins, or setting up my file incorrectly (one of the many advantages of using ARTHR.)


The selection process with these images was a struggle, as there were so many beautiful memories to choose from, but after much deliberation I whittled them down to a 12-page digital tabloid. Waiting to see the finished results come through the post was almost as exciting as seeing my dad’s face, along with the rest of the family, when I handed over the newspaper (which now sits very prettily on the coffee table at my parents’ house for everyone to enjoy!)


If you’re thinking of making a personalised newspaper this Father’s Day, we have lots of helpful tips on our website and in our free samples, which are designed to help you get the best out of your newspapers.

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It can be quite difficult with old images in particular to get the colour balance right, so do make sure you read through our artwork guidelines to get the best printed results.


You can also contact us at for any additional information – and don’t forget to share your newspapers with us online or in The Newsagent to be in with a chance of winning our Paper of the Month competition!

Happy printing : )

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Imagining Leo Kannerschool


Leo Kannerschool is a special needs school in the Netherlands. The school offers a unique learning environment for children with autism and commissioned artist Aad Goudappel to create a series of illustrations representing their values. The result is a wonderful project interpreting themes of community, independence, structure, and self-expression.


Ankie Stoutjesdijk led graphic design on the project, creating a poster for the school using Aad’s illustrations. She was so taken with the work that she decided to print a digital tabloid newspaper keepsake for herself. ‘I’m so in love with the illustrations, and wanted to see how it would work on newsprint,’ she tells us. ‘I’m also in love with Newspaper Club and printed matter in general!’




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A visit to The Printing Museum in Houston, Texas


Texas has a peculiar place in the history of print. Since the 1950s, over a million coin-operated newspaper racks (including distinctively television-like USA Today dispensers) have been manufactured by Kaspar Wire Works in the town of Shiner. Today printmaking thrives in Texas so it’s unsurprising that one of the largest print museums in the United States is in Houston. The Printing Museum was founded in 1979, and houses a collection of beautiful machines and documents charting the history of printmaking from papyrus to Xerox.



I visited the museum recently, where I met longtime artist-in-residence Charles Criner. He showed me how to operate their remarkable facsimile of a Gutenberg Press and let me turn the lever on a 19th-century iron handpress to produce a sheet of the United States Constitution. He fired up a grand, whirring offset press to demonstrate how freshly-printed newspapers would fall onto the creaking wooden racks. I got to tap on a linotype keyboard and feed iron slugs into the machine. It was brilliant.


Mr. Criner showed me through to his workshop and we chatted about his lithography work. Here he is with a favorite print of chicken farmer, a looming figure from his childhood in Athens, Texas. (His mother warned that the farmer would barbecue him if he got too close.)


A huge sweep of printing experience in the space of a couple hours. The Printing Museum is a very special place should you find yourself in the Bayou City.


For more printing museums, have a look through our ever-growing collection on Pinterest.

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New life for old newspapers


Photo from Nifty Thrifty Things

We tend to end up with a good deal of spare newsprint and have been thinking about how to repurpose it. Pinterest came to the rescue and we’ve added a board with some creatives ideas for recycling newspaper. If you have some old dailies piling up, why not try your hand at this clever woven basket? (Or if you’re feeling more ambition, how about a newsprint dress?)

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Pinning printing museums

Photo from Maraid Design

 Photo from Maraid Design

We’ve created a new board on Pinterest to collect museums dedicated to print history, like the wonderful Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen. Let us know if there’s a print museum we’ve missed, we love to hear about them.

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The Chimpington Post


It may seem incongruous for a company built around email to produce a newspaper to communicate with students — but MailChimp is known to do things a bit differently.

The cover of their career fair handout, The Chimpington Post, nods to the irony with a cover headline proclaiming ‘Email Still Not Dead!’ Traditional newspaper fixtures (crossword, classified ads) are used to playful effect in a distinctly digital age publication, complete with 80’s synthpop colour palette.


The Chimpington Post is all about what makes working at MailChimp special, which is made clear from the start with a newspaper that stands out amongst glossy stock photo pamphlets. It looks really, really brilliant.

The project was led by Jane Song, who published an insightful account of the design process on MailChimp’s Design Lab blog:

When I was tasked with designing MailChimp’s collateral to hand out at career fairs, I really took it to heart. At MailChimp, we’re not only incredibly proud of what we do, but we also have a lot of fun doing it—and it was important to communicate that to any students who moseyed on over to our booth.


Luckily, our art director, David, was on the same page. No glossy, uninspired pamphlets would come from us. He had a better idea: We would create an entire newspaper ‘bout that MailChimp life. And we would make it awesome.


Once all the stories were in and I’d made the last tweaks to the design, we used Newspaper Club to print 2,000 copies of The Chimpington Post. We scattered some around the office, and it brings me so much joy to see visitors in our waiting area reaching for the paper after they’ve looked at every app on their phones. I’ve even seen some of my coworkers (who, duh, already work here) flipping through the pages, too.


Most of the newspapers, though, went to our HR team. At career fairs, our recruiters talk as much as they can about MailChimp in the few precious minutes they have with students. They leave the rest up to The Chimpington Post, confident that whatever they couldn’t fit into the conversation, we’ve got it covered.

You can read Jane’s full post over at Mailchimp. Thanks for printing such a standout newspaper with us!

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Newsprint single from The Famines out today!


Here’s a first for us: Canadian band The Famines have released some new music on what they’re calling a ‘paper single.’ They’ve printed a digital broadsheet double-sided Famines art poster that comes with instructions to download their two new tracks. Get the poster, get the music.

The poster was designed by illustrator and Famines frontman Raymond Biesinger (whose brilliant work you may recognise from publications like Lucky Peach and The New Yorker). He says:

The gist of why Newspaper Club made sense for this: pressing vinyl records is getting ridiculously expensive, especially for bands of our size. A band like us making a very unique object that’s printable in small runs, inexpensive, impressive, and cheap to mail and can hold the information (ie. URL/code infos) for an online download could be really smart.It seemed like we’re the right band to format experiment and combine the visual/paper with the digital/music.

The newsprint single is all yours for $5 in-person, or mailed to your Canadian door for $7 all-inclusive, mailed to your American door for $8, or mailed to your international door for $11. Available through Psychic Handshake Recordings.

Fingers crossed for a full paper album in the future!

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Paper of the Month: The Surreal Times

The Boy Who Eat Picasso, Oxford Playhouse. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Our Paper of the Month for March is The Surreal Times, an interactive classic tabloid programme for an interactive theatre production. “The Boy Who Bit Picasso” is a new children’s play from Edinburgh Fringe award winners The Untied Artists. It’s based on the book by Tony Penrose (who did indeed bite Picasso) and it’s on now at the Oxford Playhouse.


We love the playfulness of the programme, which was designed by Gareth Courage. He told us why a newspaper made sense for a hands-on show:

The design of the paper has gone through several iterations. Over the past year, the play has been in pre-production and has been a collaboration between myself and the play’s originators, Jake Olershaw and Jo Carr. Another version of the paper from last year is being used as a prop in the play and The Surreal Times has been adapted to work as a programme that was both interesting and informative to adults as well as being something children could take home and play with in the spirit of the artists the play is about.

The Boy Who Eat Picasso, Oxford Playhouse. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

If people want a copy it will be given away free when you attend the play! So you will need to check if it is touring in your area.

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We think it’s really valuable to have a further interactive experience alongside our theatre show, and hope the newspaper will central to that. Hopefully it’s something that parents and children will both want to get their hands on.


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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