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:
Support your Irish female friends and women from Ireland:

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:



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:


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:


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.


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:


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!


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!


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

New Anthology Announcement!

Hello all,

We are pleased to announce that One Beat Zines have started working on putting together a new anthology in time for Thought Bubble this November!

The anthology will be based around the theme of Identity and will be an A5 collection of writing, artwork and comics by a variety of amazing and talented women.


Contributors so far include:

Samya Arif (illustrator based in Karachi, Pakistan)
Sarah Broadhurst (archivist and One Beat co-founder)
Hannah K Chapman (writer, artist, and co-founder of Comic Book Slumber Party)
Jordana Globerman (illustrator and co-creator of Pink Spex)
Amneet Johal (artist and member of Alternative Press)
Eleni Kalorkoti (illustrator)
Sabba Khan (artist and member of Alternative Press)
Hanuka Lohrengel (illustrator based in Riga, Latvia and creator of Sea World 2.0)
Lizz Lunney (illustrator and comics artist)
Jess Milton (illustrator, comics artist and creator of The Flying Ship zine)
Stephanie Phillips (journalist and guitarist & singer in the band Big Joanie)
Hannah Prebble (illustrator and co-creator of Pink Spex)
Marja de Sanctis (illustrator and co-creator of Pink Spex)
Julia Scheele (illustrator and One Beat co-founder)
Donya Todd (illustrator and co-founder of Comic Book Slumber Party, co-founder of Chubby)
Alia Wilhelm (illustrator, photographer, journalist, editor of Margin)
Kelsey Wroten (illustrator based in Kansas City, USA)

With more to be announced soon!

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 FingersAll 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:

Kristyna Baczynski (illustrator)
Laura Callaghan (illustrator)
Pip Williams (journalist)