A quiet read of Mould Map #4 can be a fascinating eye-opener. At first glance, this ‘Eurozone Spezial’ of Mould Map might seem to be a pure visual delight. But once you delve deeper into the issue, you’ll notice that its editorial content also incorporates conceptual ingenuity and photojournalism. It reflects the concerns of political and social issues through a colourful mix of comics, long-form articles, interviews and essays.
Mould Map keeps the flame of its free spirit burning brightly by ignoring what other publishers are doing. It draws heavily on the current situations in and the possible futures of Europe through psychedelic palettes and unworldly visual elements. Once you pick up a copy, you will be swamped with a constant influx of contrasting colours and an intentional mismatch between typography and imagery. And indeed this complexity is integral to the concept of this current issue of Mould Map because it’s published with an aim to illustrate what near-future speculative/design fiction and historical counterculture movements are. It’s completely ad-free and holds high the torch for freedom of expression.
Produced by Nottimham-based independent publisher ‘Landfill Editions’, this 128-page publication features an incredible selection of newly commissioned comics, graphic works, narrative art, and illustration from Leon Sadler, Edwin Burdis, Daniel Swan, Michael Willis, Patrick Crotty, Grace Wilson, Dan Mitchell, Will Sweeney, Ed Fornieles, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Yannick Val Gesto with Eva Munz, Sany, Amalia Ulman, Hanna K, MOSA, Gwenaël Rattke, Stathis Tsemberlidis, Yuri Pattison, Suzanne Treister, Jody Barton, New Scenario, Stefan Sadler, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Gabriel Corbera, Pierre Vanni, Roope Eronen and Viktor Hachmang.
Surely, Mould Map might not suit everyone’s palate. But it’s a publication that takes an honest look at the world around us and will definitely challenge your views.