One to watch… Zoom Rockman
Zoom Rockman is a London teenager who has been writing, drawing and publishing two editions of his own comic, The Zoom!, every year since he was eight. Described as a rising star with “edgy wit and genuine cultural awareness well beyond his years”, and as “The Future of British Comics” by Luke Pearson, Zoom writes a monthly strip for The Beano featuring his character ‘Skanky Pigeon’, which he began doing when he was twelve, and is an occasional guest editor for the comic.
The Zoom! has a loyal fan base and following that includes leading politicians, Vogue magazine, Alexander Williams (animator for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Lion King and The Chronicles of Narnia) and Glen Keane (a Disney Legend).
Recently, Zoom’s intricate and witty artwork was on sale alongside David Hockney and Anthony Gormley through Christie’s “it’s our world” online auction, the culmination of a two-year campaign to encourage 30,000 children to create art about their environment throughout March 2016.
“Zoom Rockman has achieved more than most adults do before they are 40.” British Vogue
“Zoom Rockman: the comic kid who’s more than a marvel.”
“The Zoom! is a snappy, satirical critique of urban life.”
The Observer Magazine
“Young comic genius.” Daily Telegraph
“Detailed, witty, exuberant and packed with larger-than-life characters.”
“As well as his art skills, Zoom’s a fantastic writing talent. He’s full of great ideas and has a keen eye for the absurdities of grown-up life and pop culture.” Mike Stirling, Editor-in-Chief, The Beano