Review: Curious Dot’s Thought Experiments

Thought Experiments is the first ever zine by Curious Dot, a new Independent Press based in London.

The zine calls upon the talents of 14 different illustrators and comic artists, each of whom is given a double page spread on which to unleash their creativity. This results in an incredibly exciting publication – you never know what you will find when you turn the next page!

Each of the artists involved tackled the open theme of Thought Experiments in a very different way, some choosing to tell a story whilst others created characters or depicted scenes. The common link between all contributions is the eccentric nature of the thoughts displayed.

Possibly most eccentric of all is one of our favourite pieces from the zine – Charlotte Mei‘s The Knowledge Argument. A textural blur of quirky, abstract characters, pastel-toned brush marks and inky lines, there is lots to explore in Charlotte’s piece.

The best thing about The Knowledge Argument is the assortment of odd questions and statements which can be found amongst the madness.

I know everything there is to know about colour!! But Ive never seen it.

Telling an emotive story over just 2 A5 pages is no small task but it is something which Matthew Pettit does beautifully. The Twin Paradox is a silent comic showing a woman in what appears to be a space suit walking along an empty road before sitting in an empty room, completely alone. You can’t help but be moved by this intriguing tale, even if you are not all that sure what you are being moved by.

Another highlight of Curious Dot’s first zine is Tina Muat‘s The Lady or The Tiger. The amusing scene is boldly depicted in Tina’s strong, doodly style. The best section of her piece has to be the terrified expression on the man’s face which leaves you wondering who he is more scared of – the lady of the tiger?

You can buy a copy of Curious Dot’s Thought Experiments here.



Posted on Apr 4th, 15 by

Greg McIndoe - also known as Headless Greg - is an illustrator and design writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He regularly writes for design magazines and online platforms, interviewing fellow illustrators and leading creatives.

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