Beneficial Shock! is a bi-annual magazine for film lovers and illustration enthusiasts. Rather than your standard film magazine full of reviews, celebrity news and press images, Beneficial Shock! aims to use illustration, and visual storytelling in humorous and unconventional ways to expressively interpret film related content. In short, film is just the beginning.
Issue 1: Food doesn’t just fill our bellies, it is labored over, passionately discussed and is the diverse glue that binds many families and communities together. But, as we’ll see, it is also on occasion used as the basis of alien artillery, stepped on, penetrated, stabbed and thrown. Oh, and lest we forget, we are food too. Let the banquet begin!
Issue 1 features work by Jay Wright, Dave Biskup, Eleanor Shakespeare, Gary Embury and Jakob Hinrichs lending their penmanship to features on surreal food in Roald Dahl films, food fights from east European art-house cinema and a theoretical treatise on the digestive process of Hitchcock's Psycho. Alongside these more meaty features are a bevvy of graphic novels, mock adverts and an abridged history of cinema's most humble snack: popcorn.