Book Update: The Cover!

June 21st, 2011 | Posted in News

The book proceeds apace, but it’s slow going as I keep having to put it aside to work on jobs. In fact, plans to have the printed copies ready to go at the San Diego Comic Con are now nixed, which sucks. No helping it, though. It makes no sense for me to turn down paying jobs in order to finish it, because the book will get done eventually and I won’t sell any fewer copies if it ships in August rather than July. Bills continue to be due. My theme park crews are getting mad at me as they haven’t seen me in weeks. I’ve got a six-page MAD parody, character designs for the first episode of season 2 of MAD on the Cartoon Network, a job for SI Kids, a workplace poster and a bunch of art for Jeff Dunham on the board right now. Whew.

All that said, the book is very close to being done. 100% of the writing is done and copy edited. The entire book has been designed and laid out in Adobe InDesign. 50% of the illustrations are done and placed. Many of the remaining 50% of the illustrations are done and just need tweaking, production and placement. I was not planning on releasing the cover until after the book had gone to press, but as it’s now delayed past the planned Comic-Con debut, I thought I might as well show it on The MAD Blog. The cover, including the back, is done, proofed, and already at the printers.

So when will the book be out, and when will people be able to order it?

July 21st, one month from today.

It will be at the printer’s the second week of July, and actually printing during Comic-Con. I still plan Comic-Con as the debut of ordering the book, but I refuse to accept pre-orders until the book is done and at press. On July 21st, I will post a link to the ordering page here, where you can go to order the book using a credit card or PayPal. There will be a few different ordering options, which I will detail later, but the base price will be $24.95 USD plus a flat shipping cost for continental U.S. (I’ll figure out international shipping also). That same day I will be at Comic-Con in booth #4616 with at least one actual proof copy (I’m hoping for several proof copies) for people to look through and taking on-the-spot orders with the special Comic-Con deal of free domestic shipping when ordered there. Credit cards will be taken at Comic-Con.

As for book details, it is 184 pages, full color and includes several hundred illustrations. The information in my tutorials were used as only the base of some of the chapters, and they are greatly expanded upon with new illustrations plus the addition of much, much more information. I expand and add other theories on caricature as a whole, get more in-depth on drawing and caricaturing individual features, continue on to the rest of the face and head beyond the on-line tutorials here, discuss important considerations like the difference in caricaturing men vs. women and other topics, go into specifics on my live caricature techniques, have a chapter on applying caricature in illustration work, and a chapter on how caricatures apply to doing work for MAD, including a complete breakdown of a MAD job from blank layout through pencil rough, sketches, inks and color. The forward is by long-time MAD editor Nick Meglin, and the afterword by veteran MAD artist and current art director Sam Viviano.

In short, it’s worth $24.95.

So, there you have a book update. It’s actually going to happen. I promise. Now get back to work.


  1. Bill Karis says:

    Can’t wait……

  2. Jeremy Lindstrom says:

    In for one! 🙂

  3. Nick Jarvis says:

    Tom, I’ve been waiting for this for YEARS!!! Thank you so much for your willingness to share. that is one of the greatest gifts you have is your ability to want to see others succeed!

  4. cade says:

    Duuuuudde!!! This is awesome news. I found your caricature tutorials to be invaluable and now the book is finally coming. Woot! Joyous post that takes my mind off my work for at least a few seconds. Still dreaming of one day making a living doing something artistic.

    Here is a couple of my recent caricatures of some of the guys I work with –

    Great news Tom. Also got my mad magazine recently and really liked all the green characters you added to the background of the Green Lantern gag. Nice.

  5. WOW! It looks great and we can’t wait to get a copy!

    We hear you on the deadlines, The Edison Files made our print deadline by a cat’s whisker.

  6. Emily says:

    LIKE LIKE LIKE– oh wait, we’re not on Facebook here…

  7. Hutch says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this for years Tom, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  8. Carin says:

    Can’t wait… 🙂

  9. Mufeed says:

    Thanks Tom…Only waiting for one month 🙂

  10. Jack Hunter says:

    Thanks for the update, Tom. Very exciting to hear that you’ve expanded on the info from your online tutorials … I’ve got my credit card ready!

  11. Bearman says:

    I’ll be lining up for mine.

  12. George Cook says:

    Sweet!! Looking forward too it!

  13. Thanks for teaching me how to become better.

  14. Bill says:

    Tom, take all the time you need. I am sure your book is going to become the “go-to” book on caricaturing in the years to come, so take your time and do it to your satisfaction.

    That said, I can’t wait to read it, so hurry up!

  15. Jose Andres says:

    Tom, gracias por todo lo que me has ense?±ado, y sere uno de los primeros Colombianos en comprar tu maravilloso libro.

  16. MATT L says:

    Stoked! Been waiting for this!

  17. Nate Fakes says:

    Very cool, Tom! Can’t wait to check it out!

  18. PLUS IDOL says:

    Will I be able to get a copy sent over to good old Englandland at al?

  19. Connie says:

    I am so happy!!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thank you for writing it!

  20. Great to hear, I’m getting mine on day one.

  21. Doug Sterner says:


  22. ralph says:

    Looking forward to buy it.

  23. mehedihaque says:

    Dear sir,
    i live in BANGLADESH, how can get one copy?
    i do not have any master card, i have an account on HSBC though.

    • Tom says:

      Once the printed copies have arrived, I will let figure out international shipping and payment options.

  24. kenny says:



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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