The Big Issue is delighted, honoured, and perhaps even a little bit petrified to unveil our exclusive Coldwar Steve Big Issue magazine cover, divined by the man himself, Chris Spencer.
Better known by his Twitter namesake Coldwar Steve, Spencer has also shared his experiences of becoming the unlikely chronicler of the Brexit saga, bringing order we can rely on ahead of a week of chaos in Monday’s magazine.
Farage is amphibian anyway, so it’s ideal that he’s part in water,
His bizarre, composite tributes to world leader disarray have captivated Eastenders fans and modern art pundits alike for years now. And with May’s Brexit deal looming on a fiery horizon, there’s no better time for a new Coldwar Steve creation.
Spencer said: “It started early 2016 before the vote. The very early ones were just Phil Mitchell [Steve McFadden] in Cold War scenarios…then Brexit happened. There was that first moment when the votes came in from Sunderland and it became apparent what was going to happen. I was devastated. Since then I’ve channelled that desperation into the images rather than ranting about it on Twitter.”
Paul McNamee, editor of The Big Issue, said: “Nothing is resolved. And nothing looks like being resolved soon. We’re sitting, it feels like, somewhere between absurdity and the abyss. Trying to find anything new to say is a fool’s errand. And yet Coldwar Steve has somehow, in his funny, bleak, pillorying pieces, summed up the times we’re in. He was the perfect – the only – man to create this week’s cover. We’re delighted he agreed to create his first ever magazine cover as a cover for The Big Issue.”
— McFadden's Cold War (@Coldwar_Steve) March 22, 2019