A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz

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Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges published his short story “A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz” in 1949. The folk tale has been beautifully interpreted by Falmouth illustration student Christos Papakonstantinopoulos in a monochrome graphic novel– we think the bold black-and-white panels look brilliant printed in a digital tabloid newspaper. A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz is available in The Newsagent now for £7.25. Christos says about his project:

This illustrated newspaper was the result of my research on adapting short stories into the Graphic Novel format. It was part of my final project for the MA Illustration: Authorial Practice in Falmouth University. A limited edition of 22 numbered and signed copies was exhibited in the 2013 MA show in Falmouth, Cornwall.

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The Argentine Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most significant writers of the 20th century, dedicated a lot of his writings to telling stories about the life of well known folk heroes of his country. His short story “A Biography of Tadeo Isidoro Cruz (1829-1874)” is an example of how one of these heroes lived. It’s a documentation of customs, habits, and traditions related to the gauchos: the South American version of cowboys.

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Gauchos played an important role in Argentina ‘s struggle against colonialism, and became a symbol of courage and freedom. Living in the country’s wide plains (with sole companion a knife, a poncho, and a horse) was tough, and sometimes brutal. This explains, in a way, the reason why they were so popular among literature, and artistic circles all over Latin America. These features of the gaucho’s way of life, which reveal the unknown but very interesting world of the South American cowboys, are presented through the pages of this newspaper.

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By telling the story through the Graphic Novel medium I hope it will reach a wide audience of all ages as, in my view, the narrative potentials and the special aesthetics of the medium redefine the limits of contemporary literature.

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This visualized version of J. L. Borges short story was hand written, hand drawn and inked in Kathmor House Studios, based in Falmouth, and it is part of a collection of illustrated short stories under the title Kathmor Illustrated Series, which will be released shortly.

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My tutors, fellow students, and me agreed that the most suitable print form for my work would be the newsprint. The expressive character of the black and white drawings are perfectly presented through the material qualities of the traditional newsprint paper. When I received the package with the papers I was surprised to see the final drawings printed, and eventually work as a total visual composition. The newspaper fulfilled our expectations completely, and it was a big success.

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Thank you for printing with us, Christos!

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Lovely letterform posters for Grafik.net

The Grafik.net launch (photos by Prote.in)

All photos by Prote.in

We were delighted to print posters (well, digital broadsheet newspapers) for the launch of Grafik.net, the new online home for Grafik Magazine, powered by Protein.

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The exhibition shows excerpts from Grafik’s Letterform archive – the stories behind famous (and not so famous) fonts.

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Find out more from Protein, or catch the exhibition at Protein Studio 2, 31 New Inn Yard, London until June 15.

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Pond Life Papers

For the last year, David Ross, Glasgow based designer (and NPC neighbour), has been working on a collaborative product to make beautiful flat pack lamps with a whole host other local illustrators, artists and designers.

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His pondlife themed designs were created to “restore a little love for self-assembly furniture”, giving owners “a connection with the object, a greater understanding of the design and an increased sense of ownership of the product,” once they’ve teased together the simple, elegant frames.

David says: “The shades and frames were inspired by an ongoing interest in ponds, particularly the creatures, plants and structures that make up a pond’s ecosystem.”

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“I made the newspapers for my exhibition primarily because I wanted the opportunity to give a greater background to the product I was launching (including information about 10 collaborators!) without having to print hundreds of sheets of paper in my studio.
Secondly, the newspaper is a far nicer object to pick-up and read than a few sheets of A4, and I hope people will be more likely to hang onto it.
And thirdly, with the Pond Life Laser Lamps I tried to create an honest and fun product – I feel that this is mirrored with a newspaper.”

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The lamps are still on display now in an exhibition at the Lighthouse in Glasgow, and can be bought through the Lighthouse shop, Tojo, or David’s website here. They also happen to feature work by the great Chris Watson, who shares our office space, and one shade by yours truly.

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Announcing PaperLater: a new service from Newspaper Club

Some of the Newspaper Club team have been squirrelled away for the last few months, working on a brand new project. And today we’re very excited to announce it to the world. Introducing… PaperLater.

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PaperLater lets you save the good bits of the web to print — so you can enjoy them away from a screen. It’s similar to ‘read it later’ services like Instapaper, Pocket or Readability, but delivered to your home in a beautiful newspaper.

When you find yourself on an article or blog post you’d prefer to read in print, just press the ‘Save for PaperLater’ button in your browser, and we’ll do the rest. When you’ve got enough articles, hit print and we’ll automatically layout, print and ship you a newspaper. It’ll be on your doorstep in a few days.

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PaperLater launches into public beta today, as a separate service, powered by Newspaper Club. To find out more and sign up for an invitation, have a look at paperlater.com. There’s also a full announcement on the PaperLater blog and you can follow @paperlaterhq on Twitter. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think.

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Happy birthday to us

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Newspaper Club reached a new milestone this week – our 5th birthday. It’s amazing to think that in 5 years we’ve grown to a team of 9 printing over 5,000,000 newspapers for customers in over 30 countries.

We’ve learnt a tremendous amount along the way, both about newspaper printing and running a small business. It’s been great fun. The combination of customers who are excited about what they’re making and the variety of amazing newspapers that we get to see every day makes working at Newspaper Club an absolute pleasure. We’ve got lots of things planned for the future, and something pretty special coming next week.

We celebrated our birthday with cake, curry and custom-made CMYK loom bands (the closest we’ve ever got to a staff uniform). If this sounds like your idea of a good time, please consider our job ad for a new developer. We are looking for someone to help us keep growing for the next 5 years (and hopefully, beyond).

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Printed Web #1

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Housed in a wooden display crate in Long Island, the Library of the Printed Web is ‘a collection of works by artists who use screen capture, image grab, site scrape and search query to create printed matter from content found on the web.’

The collection includes zines of Twitter feeds and photography books compiling images from Google Street View. The proprietor is Paul Soulellis, an artist and creative director based in New York who began accumulating ‘web culture articulated as printed artifact’ in 2013. Soulellis presented a very interesting talk about the Library of the Printed Web at the opening of 57th Venice Biennale and recently published Printed Web #1, the first publication devoted to web-to-print art and discourse. The 64-page tabloid newspaper is available in The Newsagent now for £13 including delivery. Here’s what Paul has to say about the publication:

In October 2013 I invited several web-to-print artists whose work I collect for Library of the Printed Web to contribute new work for an exhibition. The show would take the form of a 64-page publication. The result is Printed Web #1.

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These are artists who sift through enormous accumulations of images and texts on the web—hunting, grabbing, compiling and publishing. Nearly all of the artists here (Mishka Henner, Joachim Schmid, Clement Valla, Benjamin Shaykin, Christian Bök, David Horvitz, Penelope Umbrico and Chris Alexander) use the search engine for navigation and discovery, enacting a kind of performance with data. Additionally, pivotal texts by Hito Steyerl and Kenneth Goldsmith suggest a narrative frame for examining the work.

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Printed Web #1 does not define a movement or an aesthetic; rather, it implies something spatial, or a new way of working in the world. Perhaps these pages present evidence of an emerging web-to-print practice forming around the artist (as archivist), the web (as culture) and publishing (as both an old and a new schema for expressing the archive).

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See more of Paul Soulellis’s projects on his website and follow the ever-growing collection of the Library of the Printed Web.

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We’re hiring a Ruby and JavaScript Developer

We’re hiring again! This time, for a Ruby and Javascript Developer, ideally based in Glasgow, but we also welcome remote candidates. If you, or anyone you know would fit the description below, we’d love to hear from you. And should you wish to spread the word on your social medias, that’d be very helpful. On with the blurb…

Newspaper Club helps people make and print their own newspapers. Since 2010, we’ve printed over 5 million papers, built a tool, ARTHR, for designing a paper in your browser, and launched a print-on-demand marketplace: The Newsagent. This piece on our Long Good Read project with The Guardian is a nice overview of some recent work. But, there’s still more to do!

We’re improving our site, so that anyone can design and print a paper, whatever their experience, and further developing The Newsagent. Alongside that, we’ve just launched PaperLater – a ‘read it later’ service like Instapaper or Pocket, but delivered to your door in a beautiful newspaper.

We’re looking for a full-time developer to join our existing engineering team of two. You’ll lead the development of our main site and tools, and shape the product and technology strategy. This position might suit someone who has few years experience as a developer and is looking to lead a small, but growing team.

Our language of choice is Ruby (specifically, modern Ruby on Rails), with an increasing amount of JavaScript (primarily Backbone.js). We’re looking for someone with proven experience writing modern, tested, production-ready Ruby, and to a lesser extent, JavaScript. Alongside that, you’ll need to be comfortable writing solid, semantic, HTML and CSS, but don’t have to consider yourself a front-end developer.

As part of the team, you’ll share responsibility for managing our Linux servers (Ubuntu, on a mixture of dedicated servers and VMs). You don’t need to have lots of systems administration experience, but you’ll have a good understanding of the basics and a desire to learn more.

Experience with some of the following would also be useful, but not necessary:

  • Working with payment systems, such as PayPal or Stripe
  • Using Git and GitHub to manage source code
  • Configuration management tools, such as Chef or Ansible
  • Monitoring and logging tools, such as Nagios and Logstash
  • Objective-C/Cocoa – the high-performance rendering engine for our layout tool is a server side OS X application (it’s not as bad as that sounds)
  • PDF files, and the printing process in general

We’re a small team, and you’ll coordinate between the operations and customer support team in Glasgow, the engineering team (London and remote) and external designers, to set priorities and lead the development process. As we’re a distributed team we use Campfire, Basecamp, and Google Hangouts along with other tools, so clear communication skills are a must.

You’ll be a pragmatist and will be able to balance the demands of a small and growing business, with the need to build well engineered software. You’ll know when to take on technical debt and when to pay it back.

This position is ideally based in our beautiful, always sunny, central Glasgow office, working closely with the team there. Remote candidates are welcomed, providing you can travel to Glasgow every few weeks. We also have a small London office, with the option of a desk there.

In return, we’ll offer a competitive salary (up to £50k for this position), flexible hours and a relaxed working environment. We believe in having fun, doing work we’re proud of, and going home on time.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email to jobs@newspaperclub.com, describing why you’d be right for this role, with a link to your site, CV, portfolio, GitHub page or similar.

Please, no recruiters.

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St. Jude’s In The City

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There’s a lovely event happening now at The Town House in Spitalfieds. St. Jude’s In The City is an exhibition of recent works by artists Angie Lewin and Alex Malcolmson organised by St. Jude’s Prints.

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They printed a mini newspaper to go alongside the exhibition — a teaser edition for the second issue of their publication Random Spectacular. (The first smashing issue of Random Spectacular can be seen on their website.) It features works from the exhibition, including Alex Malcomson’s box constructions and Angie Lewin’s linocuts, as well as essays about London from Random Spectacular contributors.

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Free copies of the newspaper are available (while stocks last) at the exhibition, which runs until 5pm on Saturday 24th May (daily open times are listed online). They’ll also have a small number of copies available to purchase (for a nominal amount) online after the exhibition.

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Full exhibition details can be found on the St. Jude’s website. Random Spectacular No. 2 will be published in June, and as with the first issue all profits go to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. You can follow St. Jude’s on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear when it’s out for sale.

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Students Revolt!

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Peter Basma-Lord is a photographer and filmmaker based in Glasgow. He is the co-founder of Petkid, an independent publisher and label specialising in limited editions of film, music, photography and print. He recently printed a digital tabloid called Students Revolt! documenting the student protests in London through some brilliant black and white photographs. It’s available in The Newsagent now for £12.50. Peter wrote to tell us about his project:

Students Revolt! is a series of photographs I’d been sitting on for a few years, having shot them during the student fees protests of 2010-2011. At the time they seemed to document a swell in the spirit of my generation, something that we’d been sorely lacking, however I wanted to hold on to the images and see what might become of our new found resolve in light of the vote for raising the fees.

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Now,  years later, I’ve gone back through the series and decided to produce something of an artefact of that spirit. When taken as a whole the images read almost callously, as the paper moves forward chronologically there is the initial burst of steam, then a weighty push and push back followed by an attempted regrouping that ends with a Big Mac and fries.

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The paper is not intended to be bleak (although it easily reads as such!). The movement of bodies, dateless in their black and white, aims simply to preserve the anguish, resolve, idiocy, and  determination of the course of a few short months. Something to regard decades in the future as just another spike in our collective conscience.

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The images selected hopefully make clear the sentiment of the time, the heady rush physical and lucid, and the sharp pang of sobering jolts. They were produced from scans of high-speed black and white film with the layout produced in inDesign before going to newsprint – a fittingly non-archival medium for such an ephemeral subject.

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You can see more of Peter’s work on his website and blog. Thank you for printing with us!

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