regrexits

Posted in comics,news,other by Tom on July 7th, 2016

Eleri Harris at The Nib asked if I’d like to write a short reaction piece to the Brexit result. After taking a week to finish my tennis comic and get some perspective, I produced a short 12 panel piece which you can read here. Huge thanks to Eleri for her help on this. Short preview below:

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Needless to say, it’s been a tough fortnight here.

If you didn’t see my piece about the EU Referendum before the results, it can be read here.

the year in tennis

Posted in comics,news,other by Tom on July 7th, 2016

I grew up watching Wimbledon and it would always coincide with the start of my summer holidays. I think, largely because of that, I’ve always had a soft spot for the sport. It’s only been the past few years that I’ve really tried to follow the tour throughout the year, but my love for the sport has grown the more I learn about it.

I was recently talking with my friend, and fantastic writer/journalist, Alex Macpherson – who is much more knowledgable than I am about tennis – and we tried to devise a way for us to collaborate on something tennis related.

This piece for Vox is the result. A 29 panel look at tennis in 2016. Vox don’t cover sport so the we tried to reign ourselves in from the more obscure stories and keep the summary as news-focused as possible.

I really hope we get more opportunities to work together on tennis comics as I had so much fun drawing this. I want to draw an entire comic about Serena Williams. And one about all the up and comers. I also hope I can do some tennis illustrations in the future too. Basically, more drawing about tennis!

Here’s a sneak peek at the piece – the whole thing can be read here. Huge thanks to AD Javier Zarracina for all his help on the piece.

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Other tennis related things I’ve been enjoying: The collection of David Foster Wallace essays about tennis – String Theory – is a delight, Alex invited me along to the Roehampton Wimbledon Qualifiers a couple of weeks ago – which I didn’t realise was free to attend – and it was brilliant – loads of new faces and exciting stories, I’m currently reading Love Game: A History of Tennis, from Victorian Pastime to Global Phenomenon which is very interesting, I subscribed to this lovely looking tennis magazine – Racquet, and the Serena documentary on the BBC was great. I’ve also ordered a couple of ESPN 30 For 30 docs – one about Navratilova and Evert’s rivalry, and one about Jimmy Connors. Speaking of 30 For 30 – have you been watching the OJ: Made In America doc? It’s great right? Seek it out if you haven’t!

doctor who cover

Posted in comics,illustrations,news by Tom on June 23rd, 2016

I was asked by Titan if I’d like to illustrate the September Doctor Who cover. I couldn’t say no to that. It was such a fun commission and I hope I get to try my hand at more in the future.

The solicitations for Titan’s September comics are listed here. I think the order code for this is STL015068.

This is for the finale issue of year two of the Eleventh Doctor – written by Si Spurrier and Rob Williams with art by Simon Fraser.

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the nib – eu referendum

Posted in comics,news,other by Tom on June 9th, 2016

This comic went live a few days ago on The Nib. I’ve been working on it for a while – trying my hardest to make the forthcoming EU Referendum as accessible and entertaining as possible. It was a huge help working with my editor Eleri Harris who guided me through the process of editing down a potentially sprawling 70-80 panel comic into this relatively succinct 40 panel piece.

You can read the full comic here.

The comic had to to do several things: it needed to communicate the situation to international readers who were not as exposed to the more complex inner workings of UK politics, but it also needed to be useful to those in the UK who were unsure how to vote. I wanted to be as fair and as balanced as possible, presenting the facts and opposing sides clearly – while not being afraid to state my own opinions and disingenuously pretend I didn’t have a bias. I wanted to make sure the comic was honest.

There are all sorts of issues I didn’t cover, and some that I couldn’t spend as much real-estate on as I wanted, but I’m proud of how this came out and hope it’s helpful to people. I hope it provokes deeper dives into some of the issues and concerns it raises and I hope it, at the very least, encourages some more voters to get registered now we have a slightly extended deadline.

If you’re annoyed the comic didn’t discuss a particular issue or skimmed something you think deserved more interrogation, I hope you’ll appreciate that I probably spent days agonising over whether to include it or not, but in the end had to create the EU comic I wanted to see.

Thanks for reading and sharing it if you have already done so.

There are still a few hours left to register to vote if you haven’t yet – the website is here.

And if you want to stay in the EU and want to help out, but don’t know where to start, you could do worse than check out The In Crowd – it has a handy function that helps you find the best way to get involved.

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guardian guide – pitch us

Posted in illustrations,news by Tom on June 9th, 2016

The Guardian got in touch to ask me to illustrate a regular, small column in The Guide.

Every week a different person pitches a new TV show and I illustrate it.

I’m about two months into it so far so here are the first eight illustrations without any context:

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bear – chrissy williams

Posted in illustrations,news,poem comics by Tom on June 9th, 2016

The excellent poet Chrissy Williams has her first collection coming out next year with Bloodaxe Books and it’s going to be a must-read.

I was honoured to be asked to provide the artwork for the cover and here’s a look at the front:

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Find out more about Chrissy and the book here.

Chrissy and I have worked on several poem comics together and co-edited a book about the art-form which can be found here.

vox – the americans

Posted in news by Tom on June 9th, 2016

Vox got in touch to ask me to illustrate a fantastic long-form piece by Caroline Framke – detailing how the fantastic FX show The Americans is made.

I love the show and the piece was a joy to work on thanks to a great AD and a fascinating article. It’s a wonderful read for anyone with a passing interest in how TV shows are made, even if you’re not aware of The Americans (you’re in for a treat if you decide to give it a watch).

Read the full thing here.

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hot rum cow – sabre

Posted in illustrations,news by Tom on June 9th, 2016

Hot Rum Cow magazine were running a piece on how to use a sabre to open a bottle of champagne and commissioned me to illustrate it.

Happy with how these came out and was a pleasure to work with AD Eric Campbell.

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And here’s a small pic of the page:

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when I write

Posted in comics,news,poem comics by Tom on March 25th, 2016

Another poem comic that Chrissy Williams and I collaborated on recently.

It’s called When I Write I Use Every Part Of Myself.

Click to enlarge.

If you liked this, Chrissy and I co-edited a book about poetry comics called Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics – available here.

You can see the rest of our collaborative poetry comics by clicking on the Poem Comics category in the sidebar.

Chrissy also runs the Poetry & Comics Tumblr which is worth a follow.

wake

Posted in comics,news,poem comics by Tom on February 17th, 2016

Here’s a new poem comic that Chrissy Williams and I have been working on recently.

It’s called Wake.

Click to enlarge.

Last year, Chrissy and I co-edited a book about poetry comics (Over The Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics – available here!) but had, before that, collaborated on a few of our own. It was nice to return to creating poetry comics together and hopefully we’ll be doing lots more in the future!

You can see the rest of our work by clicking on the Poem Comics category in the sidebar.

Chrissy also runs the Poetry & Comics Tumblr which is worth a follow!