Hermenauts seek to interpret - as cover artist Takeru Toyokura says "I express the world between reality and non-reality", and this is Varoom 27's theme: how illustration is able to interpret text narratives, gender in images, the commissions received from clients, software glitches, Japanese comics and more.
Minna Alanko explores how illustrators add a narrative dimension to text through picture-making, as she visualizes the disappearance of The Redheaded Man, a story of the impossible by Daniil Kharms.
Japanese illustrator Seiichi Hayashi tells Varoom that he’s “interested in the limits of each medium” and “where those limits touch one another”, as he discusses the style, process and exploration within his comics.
A new history of illustration is a cause for excitement, celebration and for questions that explore how a history is constructed. Author, of Fifity Years of Illustration, Lawrence Zeegan, reveals to John O’Reilly some of the thinking behind this work.
This issue also features great artwork displayed in a round up of 2014 Awards images - from the AOI Illustration Awards to the British Animation Awards.