The Books Are In!!

October 11th, 2011 | Posted in News

Yesterday the shipment of printed copies of The Mad Art of Caricature! finally arrived. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the book and who have patiently waited for them to arrive and for shipping to begin. Well… it’s begun. Last night we printed labels, I signed and sketched in books, then got placed into shipping envelopes and stacked up. Today the first batch of pre-orders get shipped, and we should have all pre-orders shipped by next Monday. It will take that long to get caught up as we have about 500 pre-orders to get out.

That’s what 3,000 copies of a book looks like. I had to pick these up from the dock, load them into a truck by hand, then unload them into my garage by hand again. Lastly I’ll be moving them into the basement for controlled-temperature storage. That’s 4,791 lbs of books I moved yesterday… TWICE. No need to go to the gym this week. The Lovely Anna (who now goes by a new nickname: “Shipping and Handling“) helped unload them into the garage.

That’s me doing the first of about a billion Alfred drawings for those who ordered the book with that option. The original art is also ready to go for those who ordered that.

Thanks again for everyone’s patience. I’m looking forward to hearing what people think of the book once they get their copies!


  1. Leandro says:

    Uhuuuuuuuuuu!!!!! This is Amazing news! WOW you left your car on the street with all these boxes! 🙂
    Im sad to not ordered the drawing and original art with my book, but in other hand I’m happy to help you with at least one less drawing…
    If you have one idea when the international books are supposed to be shipped would be great to keep my nails safe! 😉

    Congratulations Tom for more one step climbed on this project!


  2. Daniel says:

    Do you have plenty after the pre orders are filled? I want one but won’t be able to order for another week!

  3. YESSSS! Soon I get my book. Now, if none of the post office to carry anything up here in Finland …

  4. Stacy Curtis says:

    How much for that Igloo cooler back there on the garage shelf?

    Congratulations on your book and your new weight-lifting program.

  5. cybergoulion says:

    Well, all that workout finaly paid off! I’m sure you’ll need to unload another truckload real soon…

  6. Juan says:

    Soon I will have the bible of the caricature in my hands !!

  7. Hutch says:

    Fantastic news Tom. I’m sure the book is going to be the definitive book on caricature.

  8. Trevour says:

    At least you didn’t have to resort to makeshift loading tactics, such as the one seen here on last week’s episode of The Office.

    Can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

  9. I’m glad I ordered one without a drawing. The whole book is full of them anyway. 🙂

  10. Good news!!!

  11. Fiona says:

    Whoever the fool was that came up with the idea to offer the option of an Alfred drawing in the book deserves to get Repetitive Strain Injury…oh, hang on, that’d be you, right ? :D.

    No problem, I’ll come work as your apprentice and help you draw ’em if you’ll teach me all you know. Ok, maybe not ALL, just the bits about caricaturing, teeheehee.

    Looking forward to receiving my copy all the way down here in South Africa. Bet I’ll be the first ! Will also be the first (and probably last) time I’ll be “the first” at anything.:)

  12. Steckley says:

    Congratulations, dude!

    Now, get back to work…

  13. Calvin says:

    once you’re finally done with all of those alfreds, MAD will call you up and say “hey tom can you draw our next cover? it’s going to be a collage of hundreds of identical alfreds”

  14. Brian Benson says:

    Great news can’t wait to get mine! Wonder if anyone noticed you reading the book upside down? Any plans to distribute to bookstores?

  15. nunz says:

    Wow! Book looks great and that’s not a quick sketch of Alfred, that’s a detailed drawing! You’re gonna be able to draw that in your sleep when you’re done with all those books! Can’t wait for my book with Alfred and original art!!!

  16. pedro says:

    are the book gonna be available here in Mexico??
    becase i’d really really like to buy it

  17. Tony C. says:

    Yes! Stoked to get get my book and can’t wait to start working through the processes within. The tutorials you have posted have made a big difference in my work, and I think having the whole curriculum will be huge. Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge Tom!

  18. Jose says:

    I’m waiting my book in Colombia

    Thanks Tom and congratulations.

  19. I want mine with Alfred crowd surfing on top of the hands of 4,000 people, each elaborately dressed.

  20. Romalino says:

    I hope the postal strike in Brazil will end soon.

  21. Krishna says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait for my copy to arrive. I’m really looking forward to reading the book (and drooling over the awesome illustrations, too, natch!) 😉

  22. David Paccia says:

    I am very much looking forward to the arrival of the book. I already have a blank sketchbook set aside for working through it. Congratulations Tom!

  23. Great, looking forward to getting it and learning from it.

  24. Tom, if I am not the United States and I pre-ordered the book, when will I have it?

    • Tom says:

      That depends on when you ordered it. We are working from the first pre-orders forward. It will take the rest of the week and into next week to get caught up. Orders shipping to foreign countries are actually going to arrive afters in some cases that U.S. orders, as we are shipping domestic orders via USPS Media Mail (about 2-9 days for delivery) and international orders are shipping Priority International Flat rate, which they say is 3-7 days usually.

  25. Romalino says:

    Hello Tom, are my eyes, or the cover of the book you’re reading (pictured) is facing down.
    Congratulations for the book, very successful.

  26. Paul Fricke says:

    Congrats, Tom!

  27. Connie Nobbe says:

    I’m so excited!!!
    How many Alfreds will you be drawing for these preorders? just curious.

  28. Malcolm says:

    Hi Tom
    I just ordered 1 copy to Argentina (hope to recieve it well), I’ll be looking forward to it.
    Congratulations on your book !!!

  29. Jim says:

    I hope my book arives today!!! I hope, I hope, I hope!!!
    Congrats on your book Tom!!!
    Thanks for all the hard work you put into it!!
    I am going to put it on my Art book library shelf, within the caricature section, right between my Len Redmann and Andrew Loomis books, but not too far away from my mad Magazine collection, and within easy reach of my Jack Davis book……..maybe I should have bought TWO BOOKS!!

    • Jim says:

      Yipee!!! It’s here! Think I’ll take a day off!!
      As “The Mask” would say…..”Smokin!”

  30. Bruce Quast says:

    My book arrived yesterday. Wow! It’s jam-packed with lots of great information … and amazing artwork! Thanks! I’m going to recommend it to everyone that wants to know about drawing caricatures.

  31. Michael says:

    I got mine! I can’t make heads or tails of it. Can I get my money back Just kidding Looks great Tom!!! Will there be an audio version? LoL

  32. […] this blog post you can see Tom actually drawing the Alfred E Neuman to ship to me (ok maybe it wasn’t mine […]

  33. Fiona says:

    …and now I’m getting a divorce, all because of YOU ! My husband’s convinced I’m two-timing him with the postman, coz my nosey neighbour told him how I rush outside to catch the postman each afternoon. All I’m doing is asking if my copy of the book is here yet. So could you please contact my lawyer ? We need your testimony for the alimony case.

  34. Deb says:

    just ordered your book, can’t wait to get it sorry to make you ship out one more but hey I know those muscles can handle it! ;O)
    I be you might remember me I am the crazy one that contacted you about signing a contract…UGH…and have met you at con…
    Congrats on the book it looks great!
    Thanks Deb

  35. Fiona says:

    Hi Tom,

    Just to let you know that your book arrived in South Africa yesterday (27th). I LOVE it !!! Thanks so much for the great job you did with the signing too.

    BTW, who on earth is Hay Yamistem Jr. ? He enclosed a note asking me to mention the book “How to Draw Charicatoors” on Facebook etc….Your new Asian agent ? LOL !

    And now, I’m off to indulge in the Big M.A.C…Mad Art of Caricature 🙂

    • Tom says:

      That’s great! When I stuff those envelopes going to South Africa, Ausrailia, Singapore, Korea, etc. I always think about how far they are going to travel and hope they get there ok. Glad you like the book.


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