Varoom 39: An A to Z of Alphaputt

Sennep Games’ Alphaputt is a mobile game that combines the studio’s passions for typography, crazy golf and pop culture from the 1980s and 90s. Shane Walter talks to creative director Matt Rice about how Sennep’s nostalgic fantasy world became a reality.

Varoom 39: Tracing History

Serena Katt talks to Paul Gravett for the Nostalgia issue about her graphic memoir of her grandfather, ‘Sunday’s Child’, which considers what we choose to remember and to forget.

Mum’s Jumper – review

There are few things more heartbreaking or traumatic for a child than to lose a parent. Mum’s Jumper attempts to tackle this agonising scenario, by telling the story of a girl trying to understand and cope with the death of her mother.

Cassandra Darke – review

Featuring an unlikely female anti-hero who is well into middle age and has hardly any redeeming features, with this graphic novel Posy Simmonds has put her finger on the zeitgeist, presenting to the reader a world no longer sure of itself, where pigeons always come home to roost.

Illuminatlas – review

This clever and intricate set of illustrations is a feast of interactive images in a relatively slim volume, bursting with facts and providing the reader with an immersive, surprising and fun experience.

The Power and Influence of Illustration – review

An extensively illustrated tome from Alan Male, who writes authoritatively on the subject, moving through eras to provide a survey that focuses specifically on the notion of the message, impact and significance of illustration.

The Graphic Design Reader – review

This scholarly and engaging collection of key readings provides an excellent body of work for those who wish to understand how the subject of graphic design is moving from a field towards a discipline.

What Does the Crocodile Say? – review

What Does the Crocodile Say? focuses on the first day of nursery, and kicks off introducing sounds with ‘The alarm clock goes Dringg Dringg’. This repetition of words carries on throughout the book – great for reading aloud.

How to work with brands

Driven by curiosity & led by culture, Sarah Williams believes that art has the power to inspire and engage audiences in new and unexpected ways. Having worked in advertising for..

Lichen – review

An affecting tale of a reindeer herdsman on an epic journey involving a snipey sprite, a vicious one eyed bear and a mysterious woman. All strikingly drawn by Stuart Kolakovic.

Cressida Cowell is new Children’s Laureate

Author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon series and the Emily Brown picture books, Cressida Cowell, has been announced as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2019-2021.