Varoom 15

Illustration, Culture, Society Spring 2011

The Knowledge Issue:
Step 1: Introduce theme.
For Varoom 15 we have travelled from the Land of Blind Faith, through Imagination County and ended at Resolution Mountains. Lost? Don’t worry, follow the map on Marian Bantjes beautiful illustration for our Knowledge issue.

Step 2: Highlight some notable features.
London agency Airside show us How To Do How To Do films with illustrative wit. Lecturer Des McCannon shows us the educational, the intellectual and the practical value of using illustration across all disciplines in school.

Step 3: Conclude with punchline.
“Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from more fiction to science-fiction,” said Saul Steinberg. Questions and fiction, answers and sci-fi, welcome to the Knowledge issue…
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Varoom 15

In The Knowledge Issue: ‘The frame’ isn’t just the line an illustrator draws to define the edge of the picture. Two exhibitions on Norman Rockwell and John Stezaker reveal what happens when ‘the frame’ becomes part of the picture.

In “Where’s The Wookie?” John Lowe gives us five lessons he learnt from the comics festival in Angoulême – a convention that has transformed a small town into an illustration capital.

Digital culture is fast changing how illustration is curated, analysed, and distributed. The Outsiders features three pioneers on illustration’s new body of knowledge – Grain Edit, John Ptak and Unit Editions. Varoom also re-valuates the significance of illustrator Sheila Robinson, who created beautiful work through the 50’s and 60’s.

This issue’s Up Front section includes Penguin’s new Pentagram designed edition of Vladimir Nabokov novels – with illustrated covers that celebrate the author’s unique combination of the classical and the subversive. Artist Russell Crotty syncs surfing with drawing, regular columnists Marian Bantjes and Paul Davis spread their knowledge, and in I Wish I’d Done This Peter Grundy praises Paul Rand’s IBM logo.

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