in the frame – a very british network

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on June 13th, 2014

76. A Very British Network

Network’s one of those films that feels more prescient with each passing year. It’s one of my favourite screenplays. If you haven’t seen it (you should – it’s definitely worth a couple of hours of your life) here’s the relevant scene.

I think the idea for this started as a thought about the stereotypical British knack for grumbling and complaining. Which led to thinking about the way most of us deal with bad or worrying political news – sharing social media links, clicking on petitions, or making sarcastic comics. But so few of us get involved beyond that. Having said that, this made me smile.


in the frame – spelunking in the mind of nick clegg

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on June 6th, 2014

75. Spelunking in the Mind of Nick Clegg

I had a thought about diving into a politician’s mind as a tourist and not being able to stick it out for long without going mad. It eventually turned into this. It’s also a bit of a play on the kind of political cartoons that I find a little obvious – the label-every-metaphor-and-object approach that crop up for gag panels – and taking it in a weird, twisted direction. Nice excuse to experiment with bright, saturated colour schemes and strange habitats too.


in the frame – imagine my…

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

74. Imagine My…

Don’t really have much else to add to this. It’s been a pretty disheartening, if unsurprising week with Europe’s swing to the right.

Also this week: I reformatted and added some jokes to my Cut Out & Dress Your Own Internet Misogynist comic for The Nib which you can read here.


in the frame – identity crisis

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on May 23rd, 2014

73. Identity Crisis

The mythology and premise of Godzilla has always seemed so specific and unique to Japan that I’m never sure what a Western remake aims to bring to the table. That 1997 version pretty much says it all. I haven’t seen the Gareth Edwards take on it but it seems more promising.

Ultimately an excuse to have fun at the drawing board this week.


a century of silent helpers: part one

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

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

This was the comic I mentioned at the start of the year here.

I’m starting work on Part 4 of the comic next week. I think the chapters are going online monthly, but I might have that wrong.


in the frame – cut out and dress your own

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

72. Cut Out & Dress Your Own Internet Misogynist

This is partly in response to the debate over the gender diversity in the new Star Wars films after this photo landed. It’s also a response to the way people reacted to this critique of a icky male gazey comic cover. It’s also a response to the sort of online abuse women like Laurie Penny or Lena Dunham receive that other male journalists or showrunners in their position don’t.

I enjoyed playing with the “cut out and keep” conceit a lot.


in the frame – noah’s admin error

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on May 9th, 2014

71. Noah’s Admin Error

I haven’t seen Aronofsky’s Noah. I hear it’s pretty bizarre so it was fun to imagine a more mundane deleted scene.

I like the suggestion in this that Farage is a centuries old, biblical immortal keeping opportunistic bigotry alive.


in the frame – putin’s room

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on May 2nd, 2014

70. Putin’s Room

There’s mixed opinions about the effectiveness of sanctions. I know the latter stages, like the third, are pretty hard on the economic stability of the country it targets. But it always ┬ácomes across like grounding a teenager: a temporary measure that can be ignored or worked around if one is resourceful.

I think my editor and I were sold on this idea when I wrote the line “I sanction your face!”.


bullying illustrations

Posted in illustrations, news by Tom on April 30th, 2014

A couple of illustrations I produced for Butch & Sundance Media last week. The images are for a short movie/training programme for aspiring teenage journalists. I was asked to illustrate a couple of scenes about bullying.


in the frame – isolationist england

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on April 17th, 2014

69. Isolationist England

This was for the Easter special so it had to be filed a few days ahead of schedule as these double issues go to print early. The comic had to be non time-sensitive. Not least because this issue stays on the shelves for two weeks instead of one.

I liked the idea of doing a twisted propaganda poster for holidaying in England. With a vintage, idyllic 1940s/50s setting that had darker things going on. It felt right to do it for an issue that might be read on planes/trains/automobiles while people visit family or go on holiday. I think I could have been more experimental with the illustration style and made it look even more like a classic 50s illustration but I’ll bear that in mind for next time.