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Radio Times – decades of covers

  With the Museum of London celebrating the 90th anniversary of Radio Times in their exhibition, Cover Story: Radio Times at 90, Varoom’s Cartoon Editor Martin Colyer, gives his views on covers from the 1970s and 80s. Article from issue 17. Modern Magazines Are Rubbish? By Martin Colyer Late 2011 saw a firestorm of debate […]

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Serena Katt, The Raw And The Cooked, #1 Graduates 2013

In a work of compelling honesty, new RCA Graduate Serena Katt explores her Grandfather’s time in the Hitler Youth


Catrin Morgan On The Age of Wire And String

John O’Reilly on strange images for a strange book that challenge our assumptions of illustration The Age of Wire And String, written by Ben Marcus with images by Catrin Morgan, is a fabulously strange reading experience – it’s an ‘experience’ in the sense that the book’s use of language makes you very aware of your […]


Podcast ‘A Question of Taste’ event

Varoom held a launch panel event, A Question of Taste?, for issue 19 on  7 November 2012 at The Foyles Gallery,  London, to discuss how illustration is expanding and defining Taste in all its manifestations. The event featured Michael Salu, Artistic Director of Granta magazine, fashion illustrator, Tara Dougans, who recently created animated imagery for London Men’s Fashion Week and cartoonist, Ben […]


Reportage: Richard Johnson

The Kandahar Journal. Richard Johnson is the Graphics Editor at Canada’s national newspaper – the National Post. With a background in illustration and journalism, Johnson has taken his data visualization and visual reportage skills around the globe. As a filmmaker and photographer with the United Nations, Johnson documented rape victim recovery programs in the Democratic […]


The Bibiliophile: by Derek Brazell

Audrey Niffenegger, who spoke at the Boundaries Illustration conference in September 2012, is not only a best-selling author of The Time Traveller’s Wife. She reveals to Derek Brazell her other life as a maker of artist’s books, and her part in a vibrant culture of Chicago bookmakers. The scent of a new book’s paper is […]


Labnotes: Crazy Golf with Bompas and Parr

Summer 2012, Crazy Golf with Bompas & Parr opened on the roof of Selfridges. The 9-hole mini golf course explored the culinary duo’s vision of a cake-centric London. Guests used golden golf-balls to conquer the Seven Wonders of London realised as cake inspired obstacles. Bompas & Parr worked with the British Minigolf Association, engineers, set […]


Zodiac 21: #10 The Sign of The Intangible

#10 The Sign of The Intangible/ #11 The Sign of Genetic Engineering/ #12 The Sign of The Mashup Zodiac 21: #10 The Sign of the Intangible Words Paul Morley, Image Clara Terne The Kindle/iTunes/iPlayer etc, books and CDs replaced by gadgets and the cloud, the arrival of a new way of reading, looking, watching, hearing, seeing […]


Zodiac 21: #7 The Sign of Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes

#7 The Sign of Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes/ #8 The Sign of The Sex Scandal/ #9 The Sign of The War On Terror Zodiac 21: #7 The Sign of Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes Words by Paul Morley, Image Cristiana Couceiro The conquering of the planet by all that is fake, plastic and profoundly trivial, the need to be […]