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

OBZ – our first year, a break, and changes for 2016!

Hi all,

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!

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year from us,

Team OBZ (Sarah + Julia)

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