One Beat Zines Hiatus

Hi all,

Julia is moving from London to Glasgow this summer and we’re putting One Beat on hiatus for the rest of the year – you may have noticed the online shop is already in maintenance mode!

We WILL be at Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds on the 23rd and 24th of September, sharing a table with Comic Book Slumber Party! We’ll have copies of Performance, a few leftover things from our distro and maybe a little zine or two that’s new.

We’re going to use the hiatus to figure out what to do next – we loved being a distro and enjoyed putting together our anthologies, but in terms of time and money it’s been hard to manage over the last year or so! So we sadly won’t take submissions any more. We are thinking of re-forming as an art and zine collective that produces more curated books and merch, but we’ll see all that when we’re back in 2018! Thanks so much for all of your support so far, we’ve been blown away by it.

See you at Thought Bubble and then again in 2018!

Team OBZ x

 

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New merch up in the shop!

Hi all! There’s some new merch up in the shop for you to peruse – Julia has designed some prints, badges and stickers to raise some money for Refugee Action UK! The prints are A3 on thick, 300gsm card, and the badges are 32mm.





Click the link to the shop in the menu to buy these while stocks last!

Team OBZ x

OBZ Shop online again!

Hi all,

Sorry for the long wait, but finally our online shop is up again! And Performance is now available to buy over it!

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If you’re in the UK and you want to order something for Christmas, the cut-off is December 15th to guarantee it showing up, so get yer orders in!

I hope everyone has as good a Christmas as they possibly can, after this dark year. We have somewhat lost some momentum ourselves, but we’re finding our energy and motivation so that we can come back stronger in 2017 – and keep bringing you art, writing, and work to inspire you and comfort you, and hopefully even help empower you in these hard times.

Happy Holidays and lots of love from us,

Team OBZ

Launch of IndieGogo for our new anthology!

Hi all!

We are VERY excited to announce plans for our new anthology! It is provisionally titled: “One Beat Zines presents: Performance” and is, as you might be able to tell, themed around performance.

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Just like with out first anthology, Double Dare Ya, we are running an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign – this time to also raise enough money to pay every contributor a page rate, as well as printing costs. Here’s all the info:

What We Need The £2000 For

As we wrote in our end-of-year blog in 2015, we are only planning to take on big anthology book projects if we can raise enough not just for printing, but also to pay our contributors. The £2000 we are asking for will encompass the printing of 200 copies of an A5 (or similarly-sized) book – and a page rate of £50 for artists, as well as a page rate of £30 for writers.

The Book

The book will be themed around gender, performance, and performativity and will be printed similarly to our last anthology, Identity – on nice matte recycled card and paper stock and will run to approximately 80 pages. It will include a mix of comics, illustration, photography and essays, which brings us to the most exciting part…

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The Artists & Writers

Confirmed so far are:

Amber Hsu (illustrator/artist/writer/writer of one-pound-poems)

Amneet Johal (artist/zine-maker/member of the Alternative Press)

Bridget Meyne (comic artist/illustrator)

Bethan Mure (comic artist/illustrator)

Brigid Deacon (comic artist /illustrator)

Carta Monir (comic artist/illustrator)

Hannah K. Chapman (comic artist/co-founder of Comic Book Slumber Party)

Higu Rose (comic artist/illustrator)

Julia Scheele (comic artist/illustrator/co-founder of One Beat)

Julie Rose Bower (performance maker/installation artist)

Jordana Globerman (illustrator/zine-maker)

Katie West (photographer/writer)

Marja de Sanctis (illustrator/zine-maker)

Meg-John Barker (writer/therapist/activist academic)

NotCathi (comics artist/illustrator)

Sabba Khan (spatial designer/artist)

Sarah Broadhurst (co-founder of One Beat/zine-maker/all-round DIYer)

Tegan Anice (artist/illustrator)

Have a look in our gallery to see examples of everyone’s work!

The “I am Wotever” t-shirt in our Pitch Image illustration is a real-world thing from Wotever World and you can purchase it here.

If this sounds like something you might want on your bookshelves, please head to our IndieGogo page to contribute here!

It would be so great to make this new book while paying our artists and writers, so thank you in advance if you’re helping us make this possible. ❤

Julia + Sarah OBZ x

Beats issue one, and tons more new zines in store!

Hi all,

We have a ton of new zines in our online shop!

First off, here’s our new mini-anthology zine, Beats #1, which we put together for Small Press day at Gosh! Comics:

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Featuring comics, illustrations, photographs and writing by:Jess Milton
Hannah K. Chapman
Rachel Nelson
Julia Scheele
Jordana Globerman
Bethan Mure
Marja de Sanctis
Sammy Borras
Cherry Styles
Sarah Broadhurst
Meg-John Barker
Kristyna Baczynski

Buy Beats #1 (£3) here!

Next up, this beautiful and lyrical art zine by Marina Botelho has come to us all the way from Portugal!

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You can see more work on Marina’s instagram here: @marina.not.maria

Buy Good Girls Rot, Bad Girls Too (£4) here!

Then, we have Girl Love, issue 4! An A5 colour zine for & by self-identifying girls everywhere, to support each other and tackle internalised sexism – packed full of collage, photography, poetry, and more!

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Follow Girl Love on Twitter here:@girllovezine

Buy Girl Love #4 (£4) here!

And finally, A List Of All My Ex-Stepdads by Jessica Leach:

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“My mum confessed to me once that she thought she was a commitment-phobe, like Chandler Bing from Friends.”

Jessica takes us on a wry and very funny journey detailing the characteristics and idiosyncrasies of a string of stepdads. You can see more of Jessica’s work here!

Buy A List Of All My Ex-Stepdads (£4) here! 

We also had a whale of a time at Small Press Day – thanks to everyone who came up to say hi! Photos taken by the excellent Mauricio Molizane De Souza.

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Love from

Team OBZ x

Identity – now sold out & profits donated!

Hi all,

Here’s an update on our Identity Anthology profit – which all went to charity! It was a small print-run but nevertheless, we raised some good money for The Feminist Library and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

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Our total profit after printing of £509.74, split equally between both charities!

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Thanks so much to everyone who bought a copy, and extra special huge thanks to our wonderful contributors for helping make this happen!

Team OBZ x

News, news, news

Well, it’s been a hell of a depressing few days, to put it mildly. As Sarah posted over our Twitter yesterday, now more than ever is the time to look out for and support causes that will need it in the future, as uncertain as it is going to be for all of us – for me and other EU nationals resident in the UK, for the working class which will suffer the most from the oncoming recession, and especially for POC in the UK who will have to bear the brunt of anti-immigration sentiments and racism.

Other places you can help:
Support your LGBT friends and younger LGBT people: http://www.akt.org.uk
Support your Irish female friends and women from Ireland: https://www.abortionsupport.org.uk

The UK might become a difficult place to be an artist and to fund yourself making art, but nevertheless, we prevail, so here is some long-awaited news:

WE HAVE NEW ZINES IN THE STORE! First off:

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This is a beautifully put together little package of awesomeness by Jenny Robins, featuring three zines and a poster:

1. What Birds Are Really Thinking – a colourful and humorous collection of the deepest and darkest thoughts inside those bird brains,

2. Real TV Wisdom #1 – “An ongoing, on and off project where I draw from Television, capturing moments of pure wisdom, issuing unscripted from the mouths of celebrities and would be celebrities alike.”,

3. Because You’re Worth It (Again) – Collages of found words and images to make you feel amazing about yourself,

4. A beautiful, fold-out feminist-themed poster!

(Plus, there’s a little voucher in there for 10% off Live Portrait Commissions by Jenny!)

Secondly, Sarah has made this little thing of delicious wonder:

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This zine is packed full of delicious sandwich recipes, plus thoughts and haikus about sandwiches. What more do you need?

Sarah packed us the feta, aubergine pickle and avocado sandwich at the last comic event we were at and it tasted SO AMAZING that I took a picture of it. Buy this zine if you want to make your lunches an even better part of your day!

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And, back in stock, one of mine:

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I Wished I Was Married To The Sea is a collection of comics, illustrations, and sketches – there’s a review of it on The Quietus here.

There are more things coming, so, as usual, keep yer eyes peeled.

EVENTS!

Last Saturday, we were at CECAF, the Crouch End Cartoon and Arts Festival. We had a lovely time, extra thanks to Sean Azzopardi for organising it! Here’s a picture of our faces for proof that we were there:

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On Saturday, the 9th of July, we will be at Gosh! Comics in London for Small Press Day! We are currently working very hard to get a new thing done for it. We’re on from 4pm to 5pm to sell zines and have a chat!

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We will also be tabling at Safari Festival in London on the 27th of August – Safari is put on by the excellent Breakdown Press and a great showcase of contemporary comics. Come!

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We will also, as ever, be at Thought Bubble in Leeds this November. This time, we’re tabling with our pals from Eliza Agar Press!

NEW ANTHOLOGY

It’s in the works, it’s happening! Planning stages have well and truly begun. We are hoping to raise enough money for it to be printed in time for Thought Bubble and for us to pay all our contributors, so please, watch out for the crowdfunding/pre-order campaign we will be launching soon!

That’s it for now. Please keep well and safe, and be kind to each other out there.

Julia + Sarah