London-based monthly Sleazenation was a hotbed of creativity during the ten years it was printed by Swinstead Publishing. Defined by bold art direction and documentary-style photography, it showcased London’s edgy underground, featuring reportage work by the likes of Brandy & Coke photographer Ewen Spencer. Each of its art directors (including Stephen Duffy, Richard Hart, Nick Booth and Scott King) made a distinctive mark, but the latter won the magazine several awards for his ‘Cher Guevara’ cover in February 2001, where he portrayed the singer as the revolutionary leader with the cover line ‘Militant Pop’. The magazine closed in 2003.
Since its inaugural issue in 2006, Olmedillas has run and edited Anorak, a beautifully put-together children’s magazine packed with stories and creative exercises devised by top illustrators. Now on its 31st issue, Olmedillas has also published three activity books and recently celebrated the magazine’s seven-year anniversary by bringing out The Big Book of Anorak, a bumper publication filled with all of the title’s best bits.