Here’s a little present to all our followers and readers – since it’s been over a year since Double Dare Ya (our first ever anthology about Riot Grrrl) has sold out, we decided to make a lo-res copy of it available for free on Issuu. Re-printing is, unfortunately, expensive, but at the same time it makes no sense for the PDF to just sit on our hard drive, unread and unloved, when we had so many questions on whether the book would be available digitally.
Since the new VAT laws on digital content across Europe, it is unfortunately impossible for us to offer digital copies for sale in our online shop. Instead, we decided to wait for a year after something has sold out – and to make it available to the public. We’d rather people are able to enjoy and read our books, and also aware that shipping to foreign countries can be extremely pricey. This way, our work (albeit a year or two after it was made) will be able to reach a wider audience. Not A New Wave, our Sleater-Kinney fanzine and second publication, will be available on Issuu around December this year.
Without further ado, here it is – Double Dare Ya, A Riot Grrrl-inspired Super Zine!
We are finally kicking One Beat Zines things off again in 2016 – we started last week by giving a talk about One Beat – how we came to be, our plans for the future, etc – for Laydeez do Comics at the House of Illustration (where you can buy copies of Identity and other OBZ stock now!). Thanks to everyone who came and said nice things after, and extra thanks to the organisers, Wallis Eates and Rachael Ball!
A couple of points we talked about which might be worth bringing up here:
We’ll probably return to crowdfunding for future anthologies, as the pre-order model we tried with Identity didn’t work enough for us to be able to print the quantities we like,
In the future we will always include payment for contributors in the amount we’ll crowdfund, as well as printing costs (and are willing to find cheaper routes for printing as a compromise – in this day and age it is definitely more important to us to pay our contributors in the future).
We are looking to produce some anthologies where we hand over the editing reigns to other women – partly to avoid picking the same contributors over and over and to get a pair or two of fresh eyes, and also because for some themes around intersectionality, it would be plain inappropriate for us to be in charge.
So, as you can see, exciting plans for the future!
Meanwhile, we’ve added two new things to our online shop:
Due to work and deadlines, we’ve sadly missed the application to one of our favourite zine fair, DIY Cultures, which takes place in May here in London. Their line-up is totally amazing though, and I urge you to go and have a look around – we’ll be there as punters on the day for sure!
First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed, helped with, and wrote about One Beat Zines since we started up just over a year ago! It’s been tons more successful than we hoped, and we’re really happy about all our wonderful contributors (and super proud of our new anthology, which has already started making money for the Albert Kennedy Trust and the Feminist Library!).
We attended ten different events all across the UK in 2015 and sold a LOT of zines through our online shop to all over the world. We had tons of fun doing this, OF COURSE, but as we’re doing this on the side to our day jobs we have decided to take a couple of months off OBZ and to return again, well-rested, new, and stronger, in 2016! This will give us time not only to recuperate but also to look at what worked, what didn’t work, and how to improve and where to go next.
One of the biggest changes we already decided is that from 2016 on, we will sadly have to start taking 10% commission on distro zine sales – to help us cover travelling and tabling costs, mainly, but also to help us set aside a day a week to deal with emails, social media, shop orders, logging sales, sending payments, printing anthologies & merch, and packing & posting. The distro-ing of zines is a busy but sadly not a profitable business, and this way we don’t leave ourselves completely out of pocket or terribly stressed! Hopefully this will contribute to running a much smoother and more efficient OBZ for everyone involved.
We’ve got lots of plans and new things in the works, so please keep an eye out in 2016 for announcements and the like!
We are SUPER excited and SUPER proud to announce or third anthology since we started One Beat Zines almost EXACTLY one year ago:
“Identity” is a book full of varied and diverse female voices writing and/or drawing about who they are, how they see themselves and how they feel placed in the world at large – featuring over 80 pages of personal essays, illustration, photography, comics, interviews, and collage work, printed on lovely recycled, uncoated textured paper. And it is now available for pre-order in our shop!
We have as many as thirty-three amazing contributors for this book – including, for example:
£10 + p&p
A5 with a spine, 80+ pages, full colour
Cover printed on 300gsm recycled, uncoated card
Insides printed on 100gsm recycled, uncoated paper
The book will premiere at Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds on November 14th, 2015, and mailed out to pre-order customers by early December (in time for Christmas!).
Annnnnd, the most important thing – ALL PROFITS AFTER PRINTING AND POSTAGE WILL GO TO CHARITY!
Profits will be evenly split between The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment, and The Feminist Library in London, who are a registered charity run by volunteers since 1975 and are currently looking for a new home due to being priced out of Elephant & Castle.
So please help us raise as much money for these great charities as possible – pre-order your copy now, and tell all your friends!
Watch this space for more updates and previews – and if you have any questions, shoot us an email at onebeatpublishing [at] gmail [dot] com, or shout at us on Twitter!
Just a few updates on new things happening with One Beat – first off, we have some very limited quantities of the beautiful screen printed and risographed Girl Zine in stock here. Only a couple or so left!
Secondly, Julia is going to be at the Montague Arms on the 15th of August with One Beat stock for this event –
– a benefit show to raise money for Survivors UK. From their website: “the UK’s largest charity offering direct support to male survivors of sexual violence. Survivors UK has had £70,000 cut by the Mayor of London, and is facing closure in September if funding is not found from another source.” So come along and help avoid the closure!
And of course we’re going to be at Safari Festival this year, an event put one by our awesome pals at Breakdown Press, who offer the finest of alternative comics in the UK these days. And just look at this flyer:
Sarah and I will also be DJing the after party. We promise to not play Buffalo Stance on repeat (probably).
We’ve also had the first contributions for the new anthology trickle into our inbox – there will be more announcements around that soon!
More stuff in the works as always, so keep an eye on this blog!
Instead of a crowdfunding campaign, we will be funding the printing of this anthology through pre-orders from our online shop. We’ll let you know here and on our Twitter when those get started!
One Beat Zines is a small press, DIY zine collective that operates out of our bedrooms, and so the printing of the book will be funded through pre-orders taken through the One Beat Zines BigCartel shop. The printers used will be Inky Little Fingers. All profit made from the book after printing and postage will be distributed as follows: 50% of the profits after printing and postage will go to The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment, with the other 50% going to The Feminist Library in London, who are a registered charity run by volunteers since 1975 and are currently looking for a new home due to being priced out of Elephant & Castle.
We hope you’re as excited as we are!
Julia + Sarah
There’s three new contributors! And they’re as rad as rad comes:
We’ve got a new zine in stock in our store – it’s called Margin, Issue One, is edited by Alia Wilhelm, themed around Inspiration and is an all-colourful collection of writing, recipes, drawings, and photography. The cover is gorgeous – have a look:
It’s £4.50, and there’s a version with a mix CD to listen to while baking which is £5.00.
We will have copies of Margin and of everything else currently not sold out in our shop at the DIY Cultures Fair in East London this Sunday – can’t wait to see you there!
We’ve also just confirmed that we’ll be making an appearance at the rad-as-hell Fan Club Nottingham, a monthly club night and zine, at the Nottingham Rough Trade Store on the evening of the 4th of July. We’ll be selling zines, and there will be bands and all kinds of stuff – more details soon!
We’re currently putting together information on our next big anthology to come out in time for Thought Bubble in November – so far I can reveal that it will be themed around “Identity”. More info on that coming real soon, too!