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:



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.


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.


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…


in the frame – monty

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

94. Monty

Ah, the traditional Christmas John Lewis ad. The gift that just keeps on giving. If John Lewis didn’t do this annually, me and a load of think-piece columnists would really struggle for ideas around this time of year.

Speaking of Christmas… buy a collection of In The Frame here. A perfect Christmas gift!


in the frame 2012-2014 collection

Posted in comics, in the frame, news, press by Tom on November 10th, 2014

I’ll be going to Thought Bubble Comic Festival this Friday (14th November 2014). Sharing a table with Julia Scheele and selling my comics over the weekend. I’ll have a few copies of Ellipsis, Solipsistic Pop 4, and even some old Solipsistic Pops that I discovered at the bottom of a box after moving house. But the main thing I’ll be bringing is a collection of my In the Frame comic. Here’s the cover and a press release about it:

Discover the origins of the creatures known only as the Some Say, the terrifying capabilities of the DeHobo 5000, how a zombie handles the Department for Work and Pensions, and what unwanted punctuation does with its free time.

Welcome to In the Frame.

Starting in late 2012, halfway through the coalition Government’s term of office, Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic has been bringing a refreshing new form of political cartooning to the New Statesman.

This book collects every In the Frame comic from the past two years in 90 full colour pages. With an introduction by Dan Hancox.

In the Frame has been nominated for an award by the Society of Illustrators, and was recently shortlisted in the Best Comic category for the British Comic Awards. The winner will be announced on November 15 2014.

“Taken together, these comics provide a gourmet banquet of the scathing cynicism that a glib, dunderheaded 24-hour news culture deserves, with its twitter storms, its dead air, its mythical public, its phoney balance and its factory-farmed politicians – but in spite of everything, Tom never lets snark or sheer exasperation win the day, and reporting from the front line of austerity Britain, the voices of ordinary people fighting cuts to libraries and demanding tax justice sing out from the panels.” – Dan Hancox, from his introduction.

“The first thing to say about Tom Humberstone’s collection is that is is really funny, inventive and silly. Add to that his incisive and righteous take on contemporary politics and it becomes an essential primer, a brilliant record of the last two years. Then on top of it all is his sumptuous graphic style. He’s a triple threat. This is a fantastic body of work.” – Josie Long.

RELEASE DATE 17/11/14.


Pre-order available 10/11/14 from Books will be shipped on 17/11/14.

The book will also be available at the Thought Bubble Comic Festival on 14/11/14 for a special convention price of £10.

Julia will be bringing Double Dare Ya – a Riot Grrrl zine she’s been working on since the summer that looks gorgeous and has an absolute tonne of amazing talent in there. It has a couple of new illustrations of mine in there too. I illustrated Hanin Elias for Steven Walsh’s Hot Topic card set and I illustrated a lovely article by Leigh Alexander. Double Dare Ya is the the first of what I hope is many publications from Julia’s new zine imprint One Beat which she co-founded with Sarah Broadhurst.

We’ll be at Table 144. Next to the fantastic Breakdown Press and Avery Hill Publishing. Both of whom are worth your hard earned. I’ll also have a small collection of Koyama Press comics which I carried back from a recent trip to Toronto. International shipping is a killer these days so us small publishers have to help each other out! These are hard comics to get hold of in the UK so get over to our table early to pick them up!

So that’s Breakdown Press, One Beat, Solipsistic Pop, Koyama Press, and Avery Hill across 3 neighbouring tables. If you’re coming to Thought Bubble – you’re in for a treat!

And of course, if you’re not, you can pre-order the In the Frame book here.


in the frame – todd

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on November 7th, 2014

93. Todd

A mixture of ideas this. I’ve had the conceit of the invention of the round-robin kicking around for a few weeks, but it all started to make sense when I connected it to my current pet peeve of everyone on facebook/twitter having to have a strong opinion about Russell Brand (or whatever the talking point of the day is). It’s all so tedious and unsurprising and there’s not a single moment when I feel glad that someone’s shared their half-through through opinion. Show me a considered, well worded, structured blog/article and we’ll talk. It feels very much like the second generation of the round-robin. Unsolicited opinions. Leaping out at you from every part of the internet. Whether you asked for it or not.


in the frame – full-on lemon extreme

Posted in comics, in the frame, news by Tom on November 4th, 2014

93. Full-On Lemon Extreme

I saw so many cold & flu medicine ads on the subway in New York recently. They all had things like “don’t be 30 mins late to that important meeting!” or played on the idea that if you missed a day of work, some rival employee would casually step over your feverish body to get the next promotion. God forbid you listen to your body and the fact it probably needs a rest.