a brief look at what’s new in magazines this past week, including a graphic arts magazine that highlights activist illustrators, a look back at the Russian Revolution, and the mag suspending reality for a moment to fantasise about what might be. all the mags below are now available to MagShuffle subscribers. MagShuffle is our brand new mix and match magazine subscription service, where you can personally curate your year of monthly deliveries from a roster of 140+ magazines.
disegno – #17
issue 17 of design magazine, Disegno includes Gareth Pugh’s costumes for the Dutch National Opera; an analysis of universal museums at the Louvre Abu Dhabi; a roundtable discussion about defeating the new with Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg; a return to LA’s screaming cityscape in Blade Runner 2049; reportage from the abandoned mansions of Točka; Christien Meindertsma’s explorations of flax; a history of Paris’s forgotten waterways and much more.
huck – #63
issue 63 of Huck, “the fantasy issue” leads on nicely from its previous issue “rule-breakers”, focusing on those who dare to dream, and who dare to suspend reality for a moment to fantasise about what might be. this issue is eclectic, featuring an excellent report and photo essay on the independent British wrestling circuit. it also features the bizarre subculture in America of those who wear costumes depicting animals with human expressions and traits, for which the komodo dragon on the front cover is one. elsewhere there is a report on the highly sexualised Cuban Reggaeton music scene; the new generation of jazz musicians; and an interview with Florida Project director, Sean Baker.
// from the issue: the architect who threw it all away to become a tattoo artist //
brick – #4
issue 4 of Brick features SZA, Playboi Carti and Jorja Smith as its cover stars. included elsewhere in its mammoth 244 pages are interviews with Jeezy, Tank & The Bangas, MIKE, and Daniel Caesar in conversation with Alex Sowinski of BadBadNotGood. there’s also a look into the archives of legendary L.A. photographer Estevan Oriol, and Big Shaq’s first editorial fashion shoot.
mincho – #14
what a screamer of a cover. issue 14 of Mincho, a Spanish illustration magazine, focuses on the artists and artwork that reflect a time of social awareness and activism. the cover features a remarkable illustration by Alain le Quernec who dedicated it to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign in 2016. he titled it ‘racism is hate’. the issue is a thought-provoking tour of works that are notable for their social impact, including a fascinating profile of the artist Paul Peter Piech, a roundup of magazine covers depicting Donald Trump, a look at the work of le Quernec, and pictograms. a stellar issue.
jacobin – #27
issue 27 of Jacobin magazine is an ambitious look at the Russian Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century and what happened in its aftermath. in the issue are highly original and dense contributions, from the quirky: the Soviet impact on ice hockey, to the thorough: a blow by blow account of the revolution and the tragedy of its aftermath. as always for Jacobin, there are superb illustrations and infographics, and just about the right mix of long and short written contributions.
// from the issue: the few who won //
mundial – #12
not their first crush on a Brazilian football star, footie mag Mundial dedicates this issue to Ronaldinho, the toothy wizard of Barcelona, Milan and PSG. as well as Ronaldinho, there is the Narco Derby, Didier Drogba, The Grime FC, great goalkeeping dives, 90s J.League shirts, the FA cheating Yeovil Town Ladies FC, Bayer Neverkusen, Peter Reid on the Merseyside Derby and loads more.