Varoom 38

The Activism Issue


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Varoom 38 The Activism Issue: Contents

In our latest issue we meet illustrators and designers from across the world challenging the status quo.

‘An essential platform’It’s Nice That

‘A saucy issue’People of Print

kennardphillips – the London-based duo on the art of montage

Activism by Numbers – we ask data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi about the power of infographics

Street Artivism – Tristan Manco meets Mexican muralists Himed & Reyben to discuss stencilling and being censured

‘I’ Over ‘We’ – Paul Gravett uncovers a new wave of Arab Comics and meets Samandal, the comics collective battling state censorship and prosecution

Land for Sale? – illustrator Jon Halls explains how he created a fictional development company to raise questions about the value of green space

Graphic Protest – we talk to Margaret Cubbage about the illustrators and designers fighting power and misinformation

It’s Got to Be Real – Stuart Lang weighs up the potential for success and failure when brands support social movements

Merciless Geometry – Luise Vormittag spotlights Tings Chak’s ‘graphic documentary’ on the hidden spaces allocated to Canada’s undocumented migrants

Book Building – Olivia Ahmad discovers radical Indian publisher Tara Books who champion tribal art and the craft of book making

Albany Without Polar Bears – Derek Brazell introduces Seth Tobocman’s powerful comic about the fight against ‘bomb’ trains transporting gas through Albany

Contested Spaces – we ask Emily Jost and Ian Whadcock whether developer-led arts commissioning is valuable to city residents, or simply ‘artwashing’

Virtual Vandal – Anna Steinberg finds out why Seb Chaloner’s latest animated series is challenging exclusive members’ clubs for ‘creative types’

Being Seen – Olivia Ahmad meets the people behind gal-dem, OOMK and Yellowzine, the publications challenging underrepresentation in the industry

Where Credit is Due – Derek Brazell talks to the children’s book industry about Pictures Mean Business, Sarah McIntyre’s campaign to make illustrators more visible

Clifford Harper – we look back at Clifford Harper’s A Graphic Guide to Anarchy