The latest issue of Varoom is now available – and with politics currently heavy in the air, it’s a pertinent theme.
Varoom 29 highlights new directions in tackling the idea of politics, from the expanding platforms for American political cartoons in the 21st century, to politics and images presented together in the Graphic Design Festival in Breda and the challenges certain children’s books face when attempts are made to remove them from libraries – including And Tango Makes Two which is in America’s top ten of banned books of 2014.
Lol: The Changing Formats of Humour
In a frank series of interviews, Jen Sorensen, Liza Donnelly, Mark Fiore, and Molly Crabapple tell Varoom about the changing forms and contents of the political cartoon in the 21st Century.
Molly Crabapple – Why Solitary Confinement is modern day torture (see film)
Illustrators, Designers and the Social Imagination
From The Drone Survival Guide to role-playing an immigration officer in a video game, Dennis Elbers talks about innovative ways of engaging the public with design and new directions in politics and the image.
Banning Children’s Books
You might be surprised at the extent to which children’s books are removed from US public libraries. We hear the reaction from illustrators and writers, including Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis, who didn’t even know Big Bad Bun had been challenged.
In 1981, a group of illustrators edited a special issue of the AOI’s magazine, calling it Radical Illustrators. Paul Burgess hears from the creators of a benchmark publication, including Anne Howeson, Ian Pollock, Garolyn Gowdy, Robert Mason and George Snow.
Also in Varoom 29, Paul Davis gives a personal reflection on the theme, and Marian Bantjes delivers a uniquely crafted double-page image.
Varoom’s cover image by Studio Stack moves Fight Club’s Tyler Burden’s rage against the system into the digital age via the logos of the corporations that harvest our information and extract value from it.