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Illustration, Culture, Society Summer 2009
In this issue Varoom asks the experts to reveal the defining illustration of their world, with contributions from Mark Porter – The Guardian, Shane Walter – One Dot Zero, Françoise Mouly – The New Yorker, and Dan Fern – Royal College of Art.
Varoom also explores the styles and illustrators that are shaping contemporary underground magazines alongside The Art of the Doodle. Do doodles really matter or are they just… doodles? Varoom looks at Samuel Beckett’s little known doodled manuscripts, and talks to Des McKinnnon about her exploration of doodles and her new doodlezine.
A Conversation with Barry Blitt: Steve Heller gets an exclusive interview with the New Yorker illustrator, most famous for his controversial campaign cover of Obama in the White House.
Woof! Illustration Depression and Creativity – Ever since Durer illustrated the artist as a ‘melancholic’, depression has been intimately connected with creativity. Varoom examines work by Mike Mills and Matthew Johnstone, who’s new illustrated self-help book, Living with a Black Dog, is just published.
Paper Tigers – Varoom investigates a generation of illustrators reared on computer-aided design and digital disposability who are forging a new kind of underground press, and reveals the new Notebook section, a comprehensive overview and preview of exhibitions, events, talks, books and exclusive extracts. Plenty to dip into.