Praise for Dummies

February 11th, 2010 | Posted in News

Bobble Rep, the iPhone app for which I did 543 (yes, the number keeps going up as members of congress get replaced) caricatures for, keeps getting a lot of praise and attention. Developer Ray Griggs called me the other day to say the app was listed as the number one recommended “Educational” app by the just released book Incredible iPhone Apps for Dummies by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus.

Upon getting a copy of the book, I did indeed read a very positive review of the app on page 30, listed first under “Education”. The author mentioned the internet firestorm set off by the apps initital rejection by Apple, and it’s subsequent approval. I was surprised to see I even rated a mention in the review!

From Incredible iPhone Apps for Dummies:

Tom Richmond created all the artwork for this app. If the images in Bobble Rep look familiar, you might recognize Tom’s work as a contributor to MAD Magazine or from the movie “Super Capers”. I just love the art in this app, and it seems to resonate with just about everyone who checks it out.

My kids were pretty impressed that their dad got mentioned in a … For Dummies book. I thought it was pretty cool as well. Of course Ray and his programmers, including Stevo Brock, really deserve all the credit. It was Ray’s idea and he conceptualized the whole thing, while Stevo did the programming with the database backbone. After reading the entire book I found a whole bunch of great and useful apps I didn’t know about and am now using, as did The Lovely Anna. The reviews in the book are thorough, the choices are good and there are plenty of tips on the use of the apps listed.

BTW, as long as we are talking about Bobble Rep, here are the three newest additions to the 111th U.S. Congress since the app’s release in November:

MA- Brown

California’s John Garamendi and New York’s Bill Owens just got included in the app with the most recent update. Massachusetts’ Scott Brown will be in the next update, coming soon.


  1. Lud Hughes says:

    It’s always good to know someone’s giving you good praise! Do you know if Ray will be modifying Bobble Rep for the iPad?

    • Tom says:

      Good question. I have no idea. One problem might be that I did the art based on the pixel dimensions of the iPhone, and the much larger iPad would entail rescanning and probably recoloring the heads… all 500 plus of them. I’m not sure that Ray will be too eager to pay for that unless he felt he would sell enough of the iPad versions to pay for the added development. My guess is that Bobble Rep is one of those apps that won’t gain anything from the larger iPad format, so it might not see a lot of additional sales.


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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