MAD #502- Sneak Peek

November 13th, 2009 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here is a look at the two pieces I have in MAD this issue:

MAD 20- Gates Vs. Crowley

Everybody remembers the big deal that was made out of “Beer Summit” this summer, when Obama invited Harvard professor Henry Gates and Cambridge police Sergent James Crowley to the White House and had a beer with them and Joe Biden on a patio table on the lawn. More was made out of that than the event that led to their invitation: when Crowley and other police officers arrested Gates on charges of disorderly conduct when he was confronted by the officers when he and his driver were trying to force open the jammed front door of HIS OWN HOUSE.

MAD has this one listed as Dumb Thing #4, and the concept was an “Ultimate Fighting” style poster:

Gates vs Crowley!
Click image for a closer look…

This was a rare opportunity for me to do a little more painted style of art for MAD. Here are some close ups:

prez close

gates close

crowley close

Board Game Movies

The other piece I did was a piece about movies based on board games, which was precipitated by Universal Picture’s plans to film six movies based on Hasbro games. These are some of the images, see if you can guess the board games they are meant to mimic (shouldn’t be too hard):

board games 1

board games 2

I used my colored line technique on these, doing caricatures of the actors that are supposed to be starring in each film. The piece was written by Jacob Lambert.

See the rest of them and the finished “USC” (Ultimate Stereotyping Challenge) poster in MAD #502!!


  1. The Gates Vs. Crowley piece is inspired work Tom. MAD magazine has been in my DNA for many years now. Thanks for keeping it alive.

  2. Hey Tom.

    Have read your blog for a couple of years now – truly inspirational every time!

    Noted your colored line technique and wrote the instructions you gave a while ago, but seem to be missing a vital part of it – my brain probably – as it doesn’t seem to work.

    May I ask you point out where your original instructions are so I can go and check where I’m going wrong?

    Great work as ever. Love to Anna and family.

    Stupidly yours, Rich from England

  3. Greg says:

    The beer summit piece is truly amazing. Great work.

    I needed to revisit the colored line instructional post as well. Here’s the link:

  4. Lash LeRoux says:

    It’s quite a rare treat getting to see a fully painted piece of yours, Tom. Love it!

  5. Wow Tom, the “beer summit” painting is incredible! I love that style. You need to do more painted work like that.

  6. Mugshotz says:

    Good stuff, I hope it was a welcome change to your normal technique.

  7. Nate says:

    Beer Summit piece is incredible, Tom! Honestly, I always do a double take with them because they look so life-like in a caricature way. Sort of look like sculptures or something…can’t quite explain? Anyhow, great work!

  8. I like that beer
    Here’s to you Tom


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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