I was lucky enough to meet the irrepressible Cathy Olmedillas, founder of Anorak magazine at MagCulture’s Modern Magazine conference recently. The quarterly kids’ mag has gone from strength to strength ever since Cathy – formerly of The Face and Sleazenation – set it up seven years ago and it’s not hard to see why when you hear her passion for the title first-hand. She used her speech at The Modern Magazine to announce the launch of Teepee, a new title for teenagers, but as well as looking to the future, the Anorak team are also revelling in the past seven years of success with the publication of this brilliant behemoth of a book.
From the beautiful illustrated cover onwards, these 224 pages are a super-fun celebration of what makes Anorak so great; so we meet characters like Leonardo The Shopping Tiger and Gary the Lovelorn Giant alongside games and puzzles to delight younger readers. Bright, charming and never patronising, a peek into the pages of this annual give you a good idea of what makes Anorak tick; here’s to the next seven years!