Winner of the 2013 Herblock award; 2015 Society of Illustrators Silver Medal recipient; 2015 first place AAN award for cartooning; 2015 Pulitzer finalist.

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Thank you to all

There’s been a big uptick in donations the past couple of weeks. I try to say thank you to each person individually, but I’m not operating at peak efficiency right now, due to … (gestures vaguely at everything). So I just wanted to post a sincere, all encompassing note of thanks here, and let you know how much I appreciate it. Hang in there, everyone.

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 11:19 AM | link
Quarantine fun time

A punch-out version of this was included as a bonus with the big TMW25 compilation a few years back. You should be able to download a full size copy here. I’d suggest using a dull blade to score where the dotted lines indicated, otherwise should be self-explanatory.

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 2:36 PM | link
Life in the coronaverse

Friends, it has been a really strange three years.

Three years ago in November Donald Trump was elected president of these United States, and we all woke up the next morning staring at one another in disbelief, if we even managed to sleep that night at all (I, personally, did not). We felt like we had somehow veered suddenly into the wrong alternate universe. We had all become unwilling residents of the Stupidverse.

Two years ago in November, a similar seismic shock hit my personal life, as I found out that my marriage of nearly twenty years was over, suddenly, brutally, without warning. I didn’t sleep much that night, either. And for a long time after that, nothing in the world made sense, outside of my life or in it.

Somehow through all of this, I kept writing cartoons. The one constant in my life was the weekly deadline — a relentless burden in some ways, but comforting in its familiarity and routine.

Over these past few years, cartoonists and comedians have grown used to hearing the same comment over and over again: you must have so much *material*! Unfortunately that’s not really how it works. Satire is the art of taking something to an absurd extreme in order to highlight the problems of the current moment. The thing is, we are living in the absurd extreme. I try my best, but it’s impossible to come up with something so ludicrous that Trump won’t actually end up doing it in reality, often before anyone even reads the cartoon.

Satire in the age of Trump is exhausting.

Under previous presidents, there were interesting things to say. There was an important niche to be filled critiquing a popular president like Obama. It felt like it mattered to stand up against the wave of jingoism and war fervor of the Bush years in the aftermath of 9/11. Now the challenge is to avoid stating the obvious, over and over again. Trump is an idiot and his acolytes are cultists — everybody knows this! That’s been the professional challenge over the past few years, made more complicated by the fact that I was simultaneously trying to re-invent my personal life from scratch and survive the profound trauma of divorce. Trauma which has been re-awakened as this global crisis throws the precarity of my current life, as compared to the old one, into stark relief.

All that is solid melts into air. I literally have no idea what the world will look like a month from now. You’d think, after the past few years, that I would have embraced the fundamental uncertainty of existence as a constant. You’d think after all these years of working at home, I’d be used to life under lockdown. My apartment is moderately spacious, by New York City standards, which is to say I’m not crammed into a single-room studio. But it is still … small. It feels a bit like being on a reasonably comfortable spaceship, but instead of the void of space, I look out onto blossoming trees and sunny weather and I miss the life I had, the lives we all had, a few short weeks ago, when we could gather with friends and do all those things humans enjoy doing together.

I may start blogging again. Or maybe not. Did I mention that the future is unknowable? I’m not going to turn on comments — too many assholes in the world, and I don’t want to spend time moderating them. But feel free to write me — tomtomorrow@gmail — or to reply on twitter.

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 12:52 PM | link

My first compilation of the Trump era, LIFE IN THE STUPIDVERSE, will be published by IDW in June. You can pre-order it from Amazon here, or from Indiebound here.

Edit: publication of my new book has been pushed back until at least August. :(

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 12:25 PM | link
Testimonials from actual SPARKY’S LIST subscribers

Post to be updated as more of these come in …

The best political commentary in America today, and beyond, is found in Tom Tomorrow’s work. Subscribe to SPARKY’S LIST and see it early. I do. You should too. It is so on the money you will be stunned.
—Benmont Tench III (keyboardist for the late Tom Petty)

Sadly, being a prophet is not often profitable. Citizens of the U.S., you can’t say he didn’t warn you about Trump and the GOP again and again… us north-of-the-border types can only laugh or weep or both. SUBSCRIBE, lest ye be stuck with only Breitbart and Fox and Veritas…
—Robert Moriyama

Dan’s the man, since those early pre-Gulf War I days

No one has provided such good political sense for so long as Tom Tomorrow. As a charter SPARKY’S LIST member, I can say how much poorer my life and my understanding would be without his clever, on-the-mark cartoons.
—Jay Gold

Tom Tomorrow’s work is brilliant and biting satire directed at the everyday tragedies and absurdities in the era of Trump. In the tradition of great political cartoonists that restore a sense of sanity and perspective to the afflicted populace. I am forever grateful!
—Anne M.

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 4:10 PM | link

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As you may have heard, the newspaper industry has been undergoing some difficulties of late. Far too many altweeklies have decided to save literally tens of dollars a week by cutting their most popular features — the comics. Thanks to the internet, my cartoons are more widely read than I could have ever imagined possible, when I started out almost three decades ago. But as my readership expands exponentially, my income continues to decline. I’m no economist, but that doesn’t seem sustainable to me.

The uncertainty of my future was recently compounded by my divorce. For years, I counted on the security of my wife’s income as a way of cushioning the unpredictability of my own; unfortunately this is no longer an operative safety net. I’m still fortunate enough to have a substantial number of clients both in print and online, for which I am profoundly grateful — but the reality is that the world is changing rapidly, I just hit an iceberg in my personal life, and I need to keep figuring out different ways to stay afloat. “How can I help,” you are undoubtedly asking yourself at this moment, perhaps out loud, to the annoyance of your co-workers or the random pedestrians around you.

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(It’s like a Patreon, except that I had this system up and running before Patreon ever existed, and have a sizable enough subscriber base now that it’s not worth trying to transfer over.)

For subscribers to SPARKY’S LIST, each week is like that old tv show from the 90s with the cat who brought the newspaper a day early, except instead of tomorrow’s news and stock prices, you’ll be getting a satirical cartoon by Tom Tomorrow. (Also, no cat will be involved in the distribution process.)

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SPARKY’S LIST also features occasional extras, such as short (or sometimes not-so-short) essays to accompany each new cartoon, alternate unpublished drafts of cartoons, contest/giveaways, “classics” from years past, personal photographs, and other bonus content depending on my mercurial whims. But don’t worry, I won’t spam your inbox — these will simply be the sprinkles on the delicious, weekly ice cream sundae that is SPARKY’S LIST.

The cost is $10 for a six month subscription, which, for comparative purposes, is literally less than any common item or experience you can think of that would cost you more than $10!

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Many thanks,

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posted by Tom Tomorrow at 2:51 PM | link
New cartoon

Going to try to start updating the old blog again, if only with links to each week’s new toon!

The latest: another week in hell.

(This is the additional commentary sent out with yesterday’s SPARKY’S LIST mailing):

Okay, I say this every week, but man it is impossible to keep up lately. I rewrote this one late in the week to include the reference to the pipe bomber, and then rewrote what I had already rewritten to include the synagogue shooting. And there was a third incident this week, when a racist gun nut shot two African Americans at random in a grocery store, that I didn’t even have room to include.

This was a genuinely terrible week in America. It seems like everything I’ve been watching, thinking about, writing about for a quarter century is all coming together in some perfect storm of awfulness, and I don’t know how we claw our way out of this. We better hope Democrats at least take back the House in a couple of weeks, because I don’t know what this country is going to look like in two years if they don’t. No, that’s not quite right — I have a good sense of it, and it’s not pretty.

There’s a famous line, often misattributed to Sinclair Lewis: “when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” What I didn’t quite see coming is that it would literally embrace the symbols and antisemitism of Nazi Germany. The President of the United States now openly calls himself a “nationalist” and denounces “globalists.” I don’t know if he’s even smart enough to understand what he’s saying, or if that weasel Stephen Miller is just whispering sweet nothings in his ear that he then waddles up to the podium to repeat because he likes the sound of them, but the effect is the same either way. The worst people in the country now feel revved up and empowered. Deranged, hate-filled lunatics go on YouTube and find out how to construct pipe bombs. Gun nuts with their precious AK-47s decide to strike a blow against an imaginary Jewish conspiracy (to overrun the country with scary dark-skinned foreign invaders), and gun down a bunch of senior citizens gathered to celebrate a young child’s rite of passage. Trump didn’t create the conditions and the hatreds which made the events of this last week possible, but he sure as hell stokes the fire and basks in its warmth.

Wish I had a more positive note to end on, but I’m just worn out by all of it.

(This was, admittedly, not the most uplifting essay I have ever sent out to the list…)

posted by Tom Tomorrow at 2:25 PM | link

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