Zoom Rockman – Political Cartoonist / Puppet Animator

Zoom RockmanZoom Rockman [his real name], is a 22 year old award winning political cartoonist, illustrator, puppet animator. Zoom became the youngest cartoonist in The Beano Comic history age 12 with his monthly comic strip, ‘Skanky Pigeon’ which ran for 4 years until he quit age 16 to become a regular contributor at Private Eye Magazine. His ‘Ascent of Ma’am’ cartoon featured on the cover of their Platinum Jubilee Special Issue.

London Evening Standard previously named him as one of the Most Influential Londoners under 25 and he was included on Instagram’s first ever ’21 Under 21’ list, within the Art category.

Described as ‘a rising star with edgy wit and genuine cultural awareness well beyond his years’, his satirical comic, The Zoom! [Est. 2009] attracted wide critical acclaim for its ‘funny and irreverent critique of urban life’, as well as a cult following.

‘The Presidents: 250 Years of American Political Leadership’ by Iain Dale was published by Hodder and Stoughton UK in 2021; all 46 Presidents featured are illustrated by Zoom. The previous book in the series, ‘The Prime Ministers’, also illustrated by Zoom, won Political Book of The Year 2020 and is about to come out in paperback.

Zoom’s ‘NHChess’ cartoon is the cover artwork for ‘Dr Hammond’s Covid Casebook’ the best-selling book from Private Eye about the Covid Crisis.

Zoom was the Winner of the Mel Calman Award for Pocket Cartoon of The Year at the Political Cartoon Awards 2019 with his Private Eye cartoon about homelessness in Finsbury Park.

Zoom has been a guest speaker and run comic making workshops for all ages at various events across the country including; The House of Commons, The Whitworth Gallery, The Baltic, The Wellcome Trust, The Apple Store, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Cartoon Museum, City Hall, CNN and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

He is a member of, the British Cartoonist Association, the Professional Cartoonist Organisation, The Magic Lantern Society and the Movable Book Society.

Zoom studied on Central Saint Martin’s Graphics Degree Course and graduated in 2022 with a First.