Monday, April 4, 2011

Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld is a London based cartoonist and illustrator. He draws a weekly cartoon for the Guardian newspaper and has created a number of comic books, my favourite being The Gigantic Robot, a beautiful story of an impressive secret weapon whose promise goes unfulfilled (see the beautiful images below and if you want to buy it you can at his website). He has also illustrated a number of books, including a version of The Iron Giant.

One if the main things I like about Toms work is that he aims to communicate his idea as simply and directly as possible. Even when a lot of detail is included he tries to make everything clear and understandable, which is helped by his comics and the combination of words and images.  And he's funny.

In 2001 he started small-press publishing venture 'Cabanon Press' with Simone Lia while studying at the Royal College of Art. They set up and have published a number of books including 'First', 'Second', 'Three Very Small Comics' (which includes Tom's Art of War series) and 'Fluffy' (which is by Simone Lia and is hilarious but I will feature her later).

So check Tom Gauld out, he’s great!

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