in the frame – meanwhile, on the internet

Posted in comics, in the frame by Tom on January 23rd, 2015

102: Meanwhile, on the Internet

Something a little lighter after last week. Some subtle changes to my colouring this time as I experimented with a few different ways to convey that fantasy epic, LotR style look. I ended up chickening out of the more drastic changes. Need a bit more of a play before this becomes part of my usual colouring process I think.

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in the frame – i am not charlie

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on January 16th, 2015

101b. I Am Not Charlie

A heartfelt, raw, but hopefully considered cartoon in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks last week. I also wrote a piece about satire and political cartooning which accompanies the comic on the NS site.

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in the frame – 2015 writer’s room

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on January 9th, 2015

100. 2015 Writer’s Room

My 100th comic. Into triple figures. This comic was filed before the events of the Paris attacks this week so the vaguely optimistic sentiments feel a little January 5th. Most people have probably reached saturation point of seeing comic artists respond to it all but I’ll be doing a comic about Charlie Hebdo for next week’s issue on top of my usual In the Frame.

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in the frame – customs

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on December 19th, 2014

99. Customs

This comic had to be filed fairly early to meet the print deadline for the bumper Christmas issue. I’m pretty happy with managing to make it feel fairly 2014 without making it too time sensitive.

I also wrote a short thing for the NS blog about my favourite In the Frames of the year which can be read here.

Happy Christmas! In the new year, I’ll be back with In the Frame 100!

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in the frame – see film differently

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

98. See Film Differently with David and George

I think I realised a little too late that this comic heavily relies on the reader having seen (or at least having a good knowledge of the plot of) The Hunger Games. Which is never ideal. But I just enjoyed the idea of Cameron and Osborne completely misunderstanding the conceit of the film and viewing the games as a potential future policy.

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in the frame – the cat and the gnat

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

97. The Cat and the Gnat

It’s been one of those fortnights where the news is so depressing and disheartening that your only recourse is to turn it into rhyming verse.

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in the frame – one hundred per cent

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on November 28th, 2014

96. One Hundred Per Cent

When Michael Gove announced he was 100% convinced there would be no more Ukip defectors, I couldn’t help but imagine this little behind-the-scenes exchange. I like this colour scheme a whole lot.

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sanctuary

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

Additional to my Hostile Environment comic which very broadly paints a picture of the far right in the UK, here’s a little more info about asylum seekers. This was created for the 2013 Thought Bubble Anthology. It feels appropriate to be posting it now.

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in the frame – guide to the non-apology

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on November 21st, 2014

95. A Brief Guide to the Non-Apology

This was mainly spurred by Daniel “Dapper Laughs” O’Reilly’s appearance on Newsnight where he tried to pass himself off as a victim of the media misrepresenting his gruesome rape culture jokes.

If, like me, you spend a lot of time following the news, the “non-apology” is something of a regular staple. I found it extremely pleasing and therapeutic boiling the usual suspects down into six basic archetypes.

A collection of In the Frame is now in print, just in time for Christmas. Get a copy delivered to your door HERE.

The excellent Steven Walsh recently interviewed me for his Process podcast. I discuss my weekly routine when putting together a New Statesman comic and political comics in general. Listen here.

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hostile environment

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

Waking up to another Ukip win today, I thought I might throw this 5 pager online that I produced last year for Matt Bors, on behalf of Pando Quarterly. I pitched it as a guide to the rise of the far-right in the UK. It tries to fit a lot into 5 pages but I’m happy with how it came out in the end. I’m less happy that things don’t seem to be getting any better…

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