24 3 / 2014

Kids With Puns - Interview

If theres two things I love, it’s puns and design. So when I was alerted to the existence recently of a zine called “Kids With Puns” (kidswithpuns.co.uk), I was giddy with excitement. 

What’s even better, is that it’s bloody great! A quick, glowing email rattled off to Tom, the creator of said zine, followed by a few more back and forth have lead to an interview swap.

I’ve answered a few questions for Issue 3, which you can order now from their online store. And Tom was good enough to answer a few of mine, as you can see below.

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Can you tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Tom. I’m a designer, illustrator and punster. I run a small publication entitled Kids With Puns. A magazine which celebrates the humble pun.

Have you always been interested in puns?
I’ve always had a dry sense of humour. But I think I have a passion for anything creative and puns have that experimental approach to them as well as a disregard for the rules which I find very appealing. 

How did the idea for the zine come about?
The idea for the zine came about by starting a blog where I was just doodle the occasional pun ”How much does a graphic designer weigh”? A Pentagram stuff like that. When people saw the blog they wanted to contribute. So in my last year of university I advertised for submissions for a new witty publication. I received quite a lot of interest which was great. So issue 1 mainly consisted of people from my uni but now going into issue 3 it has received submissions from all over - U.K and abroad. 

Do you have a favourite submission?
I think most of the stuff I receive is excellent and it is very hard to pick my favorite. But I’ll pick one from each issue to be fair. I think from issue 1 Hugh Cowling’s submissions which was entitled ‘cubic hair’ (which was one of the first I received) and from issue 2 it has to be the work of George McCallum, who made furniture for example ‘Chest of Draws’ which blew my mind the first time I saw it.

What do you think constitutes the perfect pun?
For me the perfect pun doesn’t have to make you laugh or even smile. It should make you think: “I wish I’d thought of that”.

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Thanks to Tom for taking time out his day to respond to my gawping about his wonderful work. Make sure you go check KWP out!

17 2 / 2014

Thank to Ian for this spot in upmarket Putney. This place must be the absolute dog’s…. well, you know.

Thank to Ian for this spot in upmarket Putney. This place must be the absolute dog’s…. well, you know.

06 11 / 2013

That Kenneth is at it again! This time Norfolk couldn’t escape his radar, even the narrow paths, hiding away like pets on bonfire night.

That Kenneth is at it again! This time Norfolk couldn’t escape his radar, even the narrow paths, hiding away like pets on bonfire night.

19 10 / 2013

So, on Thursday I dipped my toes for the second time into the murky waters of stand up comedy, at the wonderful Pun RunAnd once again it was a great experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even if I did feel sick for pretty much the whole day leading up to it.

A bunch of my work colleagues came along this time, and one of them, Ed, filmed my set without my consent or knowledge. It’s since been edited by Alex so that it can be sent around at work for further embarrassment. 

So here, dear readers, I present to you the video for those who could not be there. Thanks to everyone that was, the other (proper) comics on the night and to Bec and Gav for being brave enough to have me back.

11 10 / 2013

Thanks to Maurice for what is probably the highest pun I’ve ever received, from the top floor of The Shard, London!

Thanks to Maurice for what is probably the highest pun I’ve ever received, from the top floor of The Shard, London!

08 10 / 2013

Thanks Rachel for her Canadian exploits. Don’t let something as simple as being on holiday deter you from the quest, dear readers!

Thanks Rachel for her Canadian exploits. Don’t let something as simple as being on holiday deter you from the quest, dear readers!

19 9 / 2013

Thanks to Damien for this spot in Taunton, which I’m a bit ashamed to have spotted, given I’ve been there twice a year for the last few years. Don’t ask.

Thanks to Damien for this spot in Taunton, which I’m a bit ashamed to have spotted, given I’ve been there twice a year for the last few years. Don’t ask.

09 9 / 2013

Brick Lane should have more brilliantly named places than it has, in my opinion. So thanks to this little joint for daring to make a start! Thanks again to Joy for the photo.

Brick Lane should have more brilliantly named places than it has, in my opinion. So thanks to this little joint for daring to make a start! Thanks again to Joy for the photo.

17 8 / 2013

We took our lil bub to the farm this week for some wholesome family fun. Thankfully, there was plenty to keep me entertained too. Including PIGLET RACING, where the runners were named as above. Can’t help but think a few are on the cruel side though. In case you’re interested, Boaris Johnson won by a length.

We took our lil bub to the farm this week for some wholesome family fun. Thankfully, there was plenty to keep me entertained too. Including PIGLET RACING, where the runners were named as above. Can’t help but think a few are on the cruel side though. In case you’re interested, Boaris Johnson won by a length.

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06 8 / 2013

James appears to have spent the majority of his Disney World excursion collecting treats for me instead of screaming on roller coasters or getting his photo with Pluto and Mickey. Fine by me!

02 8 / 2013

Pun Pilgrimage

I received an email last week from Hannah who is, as I type, on her very own Pun Pilgrimage to a little town in France called (yes, you guessed it) Pun!

Once there she’ll be performing her series of pun-based performances. Now if there were an email relevant to my interests, I’m sure you’ll agree this was probably it!

I hope to receive updates during the trip and will be sure to let you all know if and when I do.

More details can be found here.

Good luck Hannah!

27 7 / 2013

I’m away in Ireland for my brothers stag do in a quaint little fishing town by the name of Dingle, as its where our Grandad was from. Well I’m having a great enough time if it before I clock this little beauty on the high street. Check the sign on the door too. To be sure!

08 7 / 2013

Another stateside slice from Ian while away in Orlando recently. And what a beauty! (The name, not Ian).

Another stateside slice from Ian while away in Orlando recently. And what a beauty! (The name, not Ian).

04 7 / 2013

I get passed on a lot of Facebook posts from friend-of-friends-of-friends. If it’s vaguely jokey, you;d better believe i’m tagged in it (don’t get me started on that). But occasionally they’re blinders, so thanks Elizabeth for this one, which I’ve since seen a few version of, so it’s obviously a round-doer! No, wait, VIRAL! That’s a thing, right?

I get passed on a lot of Facebook posts from friend-of-friends-of-friends. If it’s vaguely jokey, you;d better believe i’m tagged in it (don’t get me started on that). But occasionally they’re blinders, so thanks Elizabeth for this one, which I’ve since seen a few version of, so it’s obviously a round-doer! No, wait, VIRAL! That’s a thing, right?

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25 6 / 2013

Everyone loves a Star Wars cash in, eh George? Thanks to Ian for this spot while on holiday in Florida.

Everyone loves a Star Wars cash in, eh George? Thanks to Ian for this spot while on holiday in Florida.