asking for trouble

Some news about zines

You know when you’re struggling to make a decision and then you finally make one and suddenly everything starts to work properly again? I’ve been pondering the future of Pushpin for a while now and finally decided to put the shop part on hold until I have a new plan of action. It’s not the end of Pushpin but removing that monthly bill for a while will also remove some of the mild anxiety that I should be Doing Things with it and instead let me come up with some new brilliant ideas. In the meantime, I’m downsizing to a blog for a while and will still be writing about zines and zine events over at the soon to be rebranded I Like Zines. The Zine Challenge will also move there shortly.

One of the reasons behind all this is that the majority of sales this year have been my own zines and the Japan zines. My own are of course already available in the Asking For Trouble shop and it makes perfect sense to bring over a few of the Japan zines too – I may expand that selection if I come across anything good. Instant PDF delivery is also now back in my shop.

As for the rest of the zines, there’s a bit of a sale on just now until the end of the month and then I’ll be selling surprise packs both here and on the temporary Pushpin store, which mainly exists for the Artist Bookmarks. I’m very proud of all the bookmarks and wanted them to have their own little space.

And that’s all the news for now. Why not pick up some zines?


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.