asking for trouble

Recent Zine Purchases

I haven’t been buying that many zines this year but I picked up some great ones over the last few weeks.

Japan zines by Jonathan E

I came across Jonathan Edwards‘ art on Tumblr while I was in Japan and really loved it. He has such an interesting watercolour style and a lot of places are instantly recognisable to me. I picked up his sketchbook zines when I got back and they’re so nice to look through.


You can buy them from his shop along with prints and more.


I first met Emma at my zine workshop so it’s great that she’s still making zines. This is a PDF zine about her first trip to Japan on a guided tour ten years ago. My first trip was pretty similar and a couple of months earlier so it was really fun to read. It’s a total bargain at £1.80 so go download a copy from Emma’s Etsy shop.

Excellent lunchtime reading c/o @neilslorance

Neil also came to my zine workshop and it’s been amazing watching him grow into a local celebrity for Dungeon Fun, Doctor Who and his political cartoons. It’s been a while since he published a personal zine (his travel zines are all great) so I ordered this immediately. It’s a nice little collection of comics about tortoises, dating and games and it’s cool to see him trying out different styles and page layouts. I hope he does more soon. Get it from Etsy.

Bought any good zines lately? I think I need to put aside a zine budget and go shopping soon.


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

Browse the archives

Buy my stuff

other things I Do


All text, photos and illustrations are © Marceline Smith 2007-2024 unless credited otherwise. You may repost my images with full credit and link. However, do not reproduce full posts without my permission or use my images or writing for commercial purposes. Thank you!


All opinions are my own and I am not compensated or sponsored for writing about any products or services featured unless stated in the post. Links to shops and websites may be affiliate links – I receive a small commission from your orders at no cost to you, which helps me fund this site. I do not accept advertising.