young comic artist zoom rockman presents his first solo show
The teenage creative presents his work in an exhibition in Westminster.
"I've been drawing as long as I can remember", says one of London's youngest illustrative and design talents, Zoom Rockman. Zoom has been tackling social, political and cultural issues, presenting them all in his The Zoom! comics since he was eight years old. His creations are fearless, full of pastiche and humour but also challenge his readers and they're on show at the Westminster Reference Library until 21st November. Zoom started working for The Beano! when he was 12 and has a monthly strip featuring his character, Skanky Pigeon. He's also been named in the Evening Standard's Power 1000, is a member of the Mayor's Youth Fund Board and an ambassador for Positive Youth in Haringey, Noah's Ark Children's Hospice. i-D ask one of London's most successful young Londoners about his relationship with the city.
What inspires you most?
Whatever TV box set I'm watching at the time usually inspires a comic storyline at some point. The news, books. Recently I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon and that inspired a range of The Zoom! products.
What subjects do you enjoy tackling most?
Mainly big brands such as Google, Apple, McDonalds, Tesco and IKEA.
What inspires you most about London?
The pigeons, the buildings and random things you see on the street.
As a voice of today's youth, what is important to you?
Making sure that I make the most of my opportunities and don't get into debt.
You're involved in quite a few projects around London, how did this come about?
They all came about separately but mainly from seeing me on TV and in the papers. I live in Haringey and a lot of the local shop-keepers and characters have appeared in my comics so everyone is proud of me and really supportive. The Police in the borough commissioned a series of local landmark drawings for their new head office in Wood Green and I go in to schools and do comic making workshops. I'm an ambassador for a few different things, Positive Youth in Haringey, Spirit of London Awards [I won their Media category when I was 12] Noah's Ark Children's Hospice and am an Advisor to The Mayor's Fund.
What would you change about London?
I'd move its geographical location nearer to the equator so it doesn't rain as much.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I'd like to still be doing my comic in some way but I'd also like to be involved in directing and writing TV, movies or adverts - I just finished watching Mad Men.
What advice would you give to young creatives like yourself?
Don't waste your time talking about what you're thinking about doing, just do it. The more effort you put in, the better you get.
Westminster Reference Library are showing a solo exhibition of Zoom's artwork until 21st November.