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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


christmas gift ideas

Posted in news by Tom on December 2nd, 2014

That’s right. If you order anything between now and Christmas (though, order soon – by the 14th to be safe – if you want to ensure your order reaches you in time for Christmas Day) you can get 10% off your entire order. Great time to pick up a small treat for yourself while shopping for others.

I’ll happily dedicate a book if you add a note when you get to the paypal payment page. You can also pay a little extra for an Ellipsis or In The Frame book and have me draw a sketch in the book for you.

I’ve also got a bunch of prints available to buy here.


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.


hanin elias

Posted in illustrations, news by Tom on November 27th, 2014

Another illustration for Julia Scheele’s Riot Grrrl zine. This time for Steve Walsh’s ambitious Hot Topic card set which aimed to have a bespoke, illustrated card for every name mentioned in the Le Tigre song, Hot Topic. I got in early and chose Hanin Elias. Mainly as an excuse to listen to lots of Atari Teenage Riot and Elias while I worked on it.

You can buy the zine here (which has thumbnails of every Hot Topic illustration in it). Here’s my final piece:


are you sure?

Posted in illustrations, news by Tom on November 27th, 2014

Julia Scheele’s Riot Grrrl super-zine – Double Dare-Ya – featuring a wonderful collection of comics, articles and illustrations related to the Riot Grrrl movement – launched this week and I have a couple of things in there. Do go and order a copy from Julia if you haven’t got one already – it’s a beautifully designed and produced book and well worth your time.

I illustrated a great piece by Leigh Alexander called “Are You Sure?” which Leigh has put online to read here.

Here’s my illustration that accompanied it: