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.
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”.
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!
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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!
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