by abC Editorial Department


Year: July, 2020
Pages: 200 pages
Dimensions: 170×240mm
Binding: Swen Bound
Edition: The 1st Edition, 500copies
Language: CN/EN


$ 40 / € 35

$ 45 / € 40 (Including Tape)


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P____PAL is ……

A Chinese Romance between Artists’ book and Independent Publishing

Before deciding to make such a magazine about Chinese art publishing, we spent time looking back at the history of self-publishing and artists’ books that happened and are happening in China. This phase of history can be long, can be short, or hasn’t even really started yet. Following the memory of our growth, we tried to salvage the early Chinese art publications from the ocean of the Internet, revealing the history of freedom and romance, and dive into China’s most vibrant independent music scene.

In the first issue of P_PAL, the professional role and publishing process involved in art publishing serves as the clue of the magazine, and a book is technically disassembled. The cover story of the inaugural issue was filmed in the childhood home of the artist Wen Ling. It talks about the changes in his creation and life and the myths that have influenced the millennium to this day. The cover conception of the designer Ji Yang is also extracted from Wen Ling’s exploration of machine vision in his recent “Camouflage” series. We hope that, like the artist, we can forget our personal experience to observe the world objectively. In this magazine, you can read the art book news on the map of Hong Kong; Guides on the production, distribution, and printing of books, especially Risograph, screen printing, and other art printing methods; An chronological research report on Chinese art publishing, etc.

From the first-person experience sharing to the discussion of “real stuff” technology, to the yellow pages of the latest global art bookstore, and documentary industry observations, these topics may make this magazine look like a scientific publication. But before starting the journey with our book-lover friends, let us enjoy the required courses on art publishing.

● Better than Nothing  Limited-edition Cassette Tape

The design of Better Than Nothing follows the practice of Chinese independent music magazines in the 1990s that included music compilations inside. The album contains unpublished works from six bands —— yourboyfriendsucks!, Nein or Gas Mus, Kimberley Road, CottonRange, Backspace, RUNRUNRUN. 300 copies attach to the magazine.

The cover designer S.M.B used a tricycle he photographed in a Beijing Hutong. The humorous deliveryman painted the famous brand logo on the car body and the contact information of the self-organized Tricycle Union. The tape’s cover design imitated the practice of the deliveryman and once again painted this little yellow tricycle. More surprises are waiting for you to discover. Just like the slogan of “Better than Nothing”, after all, the most indispensable spirit of self-publishing is “Seek joy in hardship”!

An Apple A Day Supplement

On February 3, 2020, as we didn’t know how long we would be stuck at home, abC launched a one-month online creative relay under the name #An Apple a Day# to mobilize friends to record this special period. In the end, we received a total of 84 “apples” including readers’ contributions, and 32 of them were selected as a  supplement in the first issue.

BindingSpiral Bound
TechniqueCover – Spot-Color Printing
PaperCover –  Cai Ning PaperInside Page – Brisk Pure White Paper



by Du Wenting


date:  2020
page: 44 +10 pages
size: 19cm × 26cm
binding: saddle stitch
numbers: 50 (Risograph) / 50 (CMYK printing)

$ 20.00


by 531


date:  2019.08
page: 64 pages
size: 14cm × 18.5cm
binding: coil binding
numbers: 80
printed by good press


$ 32.00

531: “When I went there, it’s the first place; when I came back, it became the second place. I painted the third place and printed the fourth place. By that I mean, the Burma I went, there are many of them.

Burma is the latest publication of the collaboration between DREAMER FTY and artists. It is printed by Risograph , bound by transparent coils, filled with handmade surprises. Welcome to discover the secrets in Burma.

Compilation Shanghai

by Deng Yun, Peng Ke, Shen Li, Sun Zhongjia, Wang Haotian, Yuan Xiaopeng


date: Sep 2018
page: 24 pages
size: 21cm × 30cm
binding: staple binding
numbers: 50 × 6


$ 18.00 [wp_cart_button name=”Compilation Shanghai” price=”18.00″]

6 Chinese emerging photographers, one publication to visually capture Shanghai and its new exciting photography community.Like a music compilation, the limited edition book mixed the works of selected participants, offering a visual insight into contemporary China.


by Myungah Hyon & Chang Yuchen

date: 2019 (3rd edition)
page: 62 pages
size: 165 × 280mm
binding: thread binding
numbers: 500

$ 28.00 [wp_cart_button name=”Book Book” price=”28″ shipping=”10″]

Book Book is an instruction book of intro-level bookbinding. Includes:introduction to tools and paper / folding and cutting from rectangular paper / pamphlet stitch / perfect bound book / accordion book /throw-outs / stab-bindings (Japanese 4-hole, noble binding, tortoise-shell binding, hemp-leaf binding) / long-stitch binding / flat back case bound book )
A hole-punching cradle is included in each book.
English and Chinese Version.


by Huang He


date:  2017 (2nd edition)
page: 28 pages
size: 14cm × 21cm
binding: saddle stitch
numbers: 100

$10 [wp_cart_button name=”#LOVE#” price=”10″ shipping=”10″]


Zine about love.

Wu Zi Ji

by Shao Kun


date:  2019.03 (2nd edition)
page: 60 pages
size: 8.3cm × 10.4cm
binding: album inserts
numbers: 100


$ 18.00 [wp_cart_button name=”Wu Zi Ji” price=”18″ shipping=”10″]


Wuzi Ji (Wuzi Collection) is a collage notebook. Cut images from newspaper and magazine, tickets, stickers and other images from printed matter were collected by artist during the past 10 years. Artist’s unique taste and insight are revealed by his collection.

There are many products from contemporary life that can recall our memories. We keep its original album packaging, but change it into a small size. It takes days to manually put all the images into each page of the 100 albums. The artist insists on completing these repetitive steps with us, as well as adjusted every part of each page over and over again. It can be said that the design process of this book hardly uses software like Indesign.

There is a piece of sticker hidden in it, hope you find it and paste it somewhere else.

Atmosphere: Fog

by bini, Che Zhe, Ding Cheng, Nie Xiaoyi + Huang Leilei, Vivian Qin, Wang Yuyan, Ye Xuan, Luka Yang, Zhang Ruyu


date:  2018
page: 40 pages
size: 26.5cm × 37cm
binding: folding without binding
numbers: 500

$ 18.00 [wp_cart_button name=”Atmosphere- Fog” price=”18″ shipping=”10″]

The second issue of Atmosphere project.

DREAMER FTY worked together with 9 artists who have participated in DREAMER’s early publication. Taking advantage of this opportunity, artists were able to talk about the changes in their life and art creation again like old friends.

In China, there is an idiom called “Seeing flowers in the fog”.


by Wang Yuchuan


date:  2018.06 (2nd edition)
page: 40 pages
size: 26cm × 34cm
binding: thread binding
numbers: 300

$ 32.00 [wp_cart_button name=”CAN” price=”32″ shipping=”10″]

A photography book.