in the frame – haven’t i got satire for you

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on September 12th, 2014

85. Haven’t I Got Satire For You

This comic was banked as a non time-sensitive piece that could run when I go on holiday at the end of the month. But the NS are rejigging the Observations section of the magazine and the space for the comic has slight dimension changes so this had to run earlier than planned. As it is, this was a bit of luck as I was moving this week and I’d forgotten quite how stressful and exhausting it is.

I like to watch The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. All of which are American shows and all of which satirise the news and media landscape brilliantly. Last Week Tonight in particular, with it’s weekly schedule, gets to deep dive into big, complicated topics – amusing and educating equally. And while I understand these shows have American budgets and thus, a huge team of researchers, assistants and writers, I still feel completely let down by British satire in comparison. Instead, we’re offered variations on tired panel show formats. There’s a reason these don’t make the rounds on social media the day after like their American counterparts – they offer no insight or genuine passion/outrage, just pretty obvious jokes. It’s frustrating because our politics needs some decent satirising and it’s not like we have a lack of politically inclined comedians and writers out there. 10 O’Clock Live gave it a go but never quite clicked for me. The Bugle is probably the best topical satire we have right now and it’s telling that that’s a podcast.

Anyway, I probably shouldn’t throw too many stones considering I have a platform to pass satirical judgement on current affairs with my own comic every week…


in the frame – the unearthly pudding

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on September 5th, 2014

87: The Unearthly Pudding

I think this is my second Doctor Who themed comic. Capaldi is a lot of fun to draw. Hopefully the artistic license I took with the sonic screwdriver projecting a hologram won’t upset any Whovians.


in the frame – the last resort

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on August 29th, 2014

86. The Last Resort

I imagine parachuting Richard Dawkins into massive conflict zones like you would with the Hulk. You wouldn’t want to do it, you can’t control him and he could cause more destruction than you want, but he’s more powerful than a nuclear bomb. I like to think his smug, self-satisfied opinions would either scare everyone away or unite them with a common enemy.

This NS strip is 86 as last week’s comic – 85 – didn’t run due to space. Luckily it’s non time sensitive so it’ll run in a few weeks time when I’m on holiday.


a century of silent helpers: part three

Posted in comics, news, other by Tom on August 21st, 2014

The third part of a 50 page, interactive comic about development aid (drawn by me) is now online here. A dutch translation can be found here. The comic was written and researched by Tjeerd Royaards.

Part one is online here if you missed it.

Part two is here.

All chapters are finished and we’re putting the finishing touches to a printed version that should be available in October/November this year. Part 4 should be online next month.


in the frame – the man with two farces

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on August 15th, 2014

84. The Man With Two Farces

This probably feeds into Boris Johnson’s PR image but when he announced he’d be standing as an MP, I immediately imagined a 1970s sit-com farce. The idea he could be mayor of London and launch a campaign to be an elected MP at the same time seems absurd.

I chose to visually represent this by appropriating a classic Beano style.


in the frame – road to election day

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on August 8th, 2014

83. The Road to Election Day Board Game

One of those times when I wished I had more space to throw extra jokes and references into the game. I really wanted to make sure the game was playable even though it’s essentially just a joke. I’m hoping people spend enough time looking at it to notice that the immigration square makes you automatically win…


in the frame – honest summer reading

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on July 30th, 2014

82. Honest Summer Reading

Bumper Summer special this week – a double-sized New Statesman for your holiday reading pleasure – with a suitably themed, non-time sensitive comic to go in it. Had fun drawing this one and trying to mimic book cover designs.

The double issue means there won’t be a New Statesman next week so there won’t be a comic either. Next one in two weeks. But… if you’re itching for more of my comics – I’ve redesigned my website and added a load of recent work to it: check it out here.


stnad up

Posted in illustrations, news by Tom on July 24th, 2014

It’s nearly Edinburgh Fringe Festival time. I’m hoping to go up for a couple of days but my workload may mean I miss it this year sadly.

John-Luke Roberts asked me to design the poster for his show again this year. Here’s the front and back of the flyer. We wanted it to have a similar feel to last year’s poster (which you can see here).

I saw a preview of the show a couple of weeks ago and it’s very funny so if you’re at the festival this year, I’d recommend checking it out.


in the frame – regeneration

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on July 18th, 2014

81. Regeneration of the Planet of the Apes

The Planet of the Apes film franchise is very good at satirising some of the worst aspects of human nature and our capacity to destroy ourselves. I thought, with the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes out, it might be fun to see the apes using social cleansing tactics against the status quo. Possible pitch for the next movie.


in the frame – tory summer fundraiser

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on July 11th, 2014

80. Tory Summer Fundraiser

I originally wanted to have a full-on Wicker Man meets Kill List meets Eyes Wide Shut pagan party happening. Maybe some resurrection ritual for Thatcher taking place while a journalist calling for lobbying transparency is being burned inside a wicker effigy. Y’know… that sort of thing. But we toned it down in the end. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the original story.