The Smudge, issue 2
215 x 280mm, 8pp plus postcard. Chicago, USA
This is illustrator Clay Hickson’s answer to the political turmoil of our times. As he puts it, ‘At a time when many of us have been searching for ways to contribute, we decided we'd use the tool we know best: print.’ The result is a small but perfect magazine that will cheer up the most sceptical reader. Woman's March, Fake News, and a crossword worth doing just to see what the answer to the clue ‘Donald Trump’ is.
On the Journal:
‘Issue two of The Smudge has just landed. The monthly riso newspaper from the US was first dreamt up by illustrator Clay Hickson of Tan & Loose Press after the news of Trump’s election victory; the politically bent project draws its inspiration from the underground and activist publishing scene of 1960s and 70s Chicago, aiming to tackle issues around the current administration through satire and drawing.’ Read more of our review of the issue.