Welcome to One Beat Zines, a zine-making collective/distro run by Sarah Broadhurst and Julia Scheele.
Our aim is to distribute cheap-and-cheerful zines, by us and by others with something to say, whether it’s in the form of comics, essays, photography, poetry, fiction, collage, or any other medium that comes to mind. We’re particularly interested in distributing zines by women with strong feminist voices, and in working with women of all ages and backgrounds who are not already established in the current comics and zine scenes!
Apart from taking our zines around Small Press fairs and conventions in the UK, we sometimes also do zine-making workshops for people of all ages interested in crafts, DIY art, and feminism.
One Beat publishes regular anthology books featuring amazing artists and writers. Our first one was a book called Double Dare Ya, an anthology inspired by Riot Grrrl and punk-rock feminism, and our current one is a 100-page book featuring over 30 different creators, themed around Identity, available to buy here. All profits after printing and postage of Identity go to two charities: The Albert Kennedy Trust and the Feminist Library!
Here are the guidelines as to what we offer as a distro: distribution over ourOne Beat Online Shop and any zine fairs, festivals and conventions we attend (in 2015 we attended ten different events all over the UK where we sold zines, including the curated Thought Bubble, the biggest comics festival in the UK). We don’t print for people (except for the anthologies), but can recommend printers or methods for home printing, and help with any questions you have. From January 2016 we will be taking 10% commission on the sales of zines to cover postage, travel and festival tabling costs – unfortunately a necessity after looking over our first year as a distro, otherwise we end up making a loss!
We’re looking for submissions primarily by women who are new to the scene and whose work we find interesting and/or challenging. We are a feminist zine collective, but not all submissions have to be explicitly political in nature.
If you are a writer and not an artist, we can try to put you in touch with illustrators who might be interested. Of course feel free to bring on board any illustrator you already know and want to work with – we’re open (and very much welcome and encourage) collaborations!
Email us at email@example.com with your ideas – we promise to get back to you as soon as we can.