Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
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.)
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.
Thank you for printing with us, Alicia!
Tuesday, July 7th 2015
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.’
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.
You can skim The Mancunian Way in The Newsagent or order a copy from Jacob’s online shop. Thank you for printing with us!
Thursday, July 2nd 2015
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.
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.
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.’
Thanks for printing with us, Rachel!
Thursday, June 11th 2015
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.
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.
‘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!
Tuesday, June 9th 2015
Working as a BMX photographer taught Klaus Dyba how to capture a fleeting action shot. So when he started photographing his chihuahua Rocco, he used the same techniques (plus a few dog treats) to produce some brilliant portraits. He now runs True Dogs Photo and recently printed Dogfolio #1 with us, a collection of his most expressive dog portraits.
Klaus just finished a diploma in photography and handed out copies of Dogfolio #1 at his final presentation. He chose a digital broadsheet newspaper – ‘I wanted to show the portraits huuuuuuge!’ he says. (Broadsheets are good for that.)
‘The examiner and the students loved the idea,’ Klaus says, ‘and it just took seconds until all the newspapers were gone. I think it was a good idea to keep my work in their minds.’ He plans to print another issue to distribute to cafés in his hometown of Cologne, Germany.
You can look through Dogfolio #1 in The Newsagent and see more of Klaus’s work (dog-related and not) on his website. Thank you for printing with us!
Thursday, May 14th 2015
The Central Saint Martins Foundation Show 2015 opened today in London. The annual Foundation Show showcases work from students across Foundation Art and Design diploma programmes. It’s the third year we’ve printed a newspaper for the Fashion & Textiles exhibition, and this time it’s a traditional mini bursting with colour and designed by creative agency StudioThomson. (You can see a previous Central Saint Martins paper on their website.)
The newspaper features highlights of student work produced for the show, including some terrifically fun garments from a collaborative collection inspired by the Minions. (The Minions!) Genius.
Here’s the paper looking smashing in situ:
The run of 2000 copies will be given out for free at the Foundation Show, which is on frrom Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th May at 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA. (More details on the CSM website.)
Design by StudioThomson.
Mens and Textiles photography by Jo Simpson and Gail Evans.
Womens photography by Tim Meara.
Monday, May 4th 2015
Our Paper of the Month for April is Monogamy, from University of Hertfordshire illustration student Gemma Louise. We fell in love with her digital tabloid newspaper, which was inspired by the true relationship between two inseparable greylag geese (Gemma saw the story in a documentary on animal behavior and crafted a university project around it.)
With wonderfully textured and expressive illustrations, Monogamy is truly beautiful storytelling – a publication we’d happily settle down with for a lifetime.
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.
Friday, April 10th 2015
Mother’s Day is next month and we’ve been thinking about mum-themed newspapers. A newspaper makes a lovely keepsake – a slightly more grown up version of the fingerprint cards we used to bring home from school. But unlike a card, it’s something that can be shared with family and friends, too.
The Things My Mothers Taught Me is a lovely example. Clio Meldon took portraits of some influential women in her life (mums and otherwise) and asked them: ‘What is the most important thing you’ve ever learned?’ The responses she received were ‘beautiful, funny, intelligent, and inspiring.’ She collected them all in a digital tabloid and printed a short run of 20 copies.
She gave the newspapers to friends and family, and included the project in an end of year exhibition for her college degree. You can find The Things My Mothers Taught Me in The Newsagent and also view the project on ISSUU. Thank you for printing with us!
Thursday, March 26th 2015
Miriam Davies is a printmaker studying Fine Art at the Cardiff School of Art and Design. She keeps a beautiful online journal where she documents her visits to the beach at Southerndown and the wonderful objects and textures she finds there. She printed A Collection with us, a digital tabloid newspaper of some cherished (and mysterious) old photographs. We asked her to share the story behind her newspaper:
A Collection was created in response to a project brief where I had to take found objects and create a narrative. Although the brief was new, the project had in fact started two years previously. I started collecting photographs out of an unusual moral obligation I felt towards protecting them. Purchased at various markets across the UK, once I had found them it became very difficult to leave them behind.
A Collection consists of 77 images; I do not know any of the people in the photographs nor where they originate. Any information I have gathered lies within the photographs themselves. As delicate, personal items I often wonder how these images were left behind and what strange fate led them into my possession.
My objective in A Collection was to question the value of a photograph, the stories behind them and the private moments shared. Although I purchased the photographs they still do not belong to me. Therefore I do not have the authority to display them. I thought by creating a newspaper they could be shared in a more private, one-to-one viewing rather than posted on the internet or displayed on a wall.
The photographs were later used to create a body of work, exploring the variety of ways in which you can adjust and display a photograph while protecting the identity of the people.
You can find more of Miriam’s work on her website. Thank you for printing your lovely project with us!
Wednesday, February 25th 2015
Manjit Thapp is a student studying illustration in London and this is her delightful newspaper comic. It’s called 21st Century Fortunes and was created in response to a brief on the theme of ‘conversation.’ It’s a great interaction between a cunning psychic and her beguiled client.
It’s a clever and beautifully drawn story and you can read the whole thing on Cargo Collective.
Manjit posts her illustrations and works in progress on her blog A Thousand Daisies and it’s well worth a visit. Thanks for printing with us!