Big Reviews for The Mad Art of Caricature!

April 2nd, 2012 | Posted in News

Self-published books rarely get reviewed by more prominent review sources, but my book recently was reviewed in two such venues.

Lary Wallace of The Faster Times! posted a lengthy and very cool review on their website. It’s tough for a book that caters to a specific type of artform and artist to appeal to the “layman”, but Lary both enjoyed the book and opens the review with an experience he had with a retail caricaturist in his local mall. Not an uncommon experience, sadly. I don’t know who the live caricaturist is he talked with, but it sounds like one of those “I’m an arteeeeest, so screw you if you don’t “get” my totally awesome caricatures!” types. I’ve always hated that sort of thing. Very few caricaturists are capable of pulling off great likenesses and extreme exaggeration at the same time, and many who try delude themselves they are getting great likenesses but they are really just drawing unrecognizable distortions…but I digress. Lary gave the book a big thumbs up.

The other review is in the most recent issue of the School Library Journal. They VERY rarely review self-published books, but since I have a real distributor in both Follett and Brodart for libraries, They did a short review in their March edition. I can’t link to the web version since it requires you to have a subscription to access, but you might be seeing The Mad Art of Caricature! in a lot more libraries soon.


  1. George Cook says:

    Very cool! I have my copy setting right next to the drawing table so I can grab it whenever I want it!

  2. Robin Crowley says:

    That’s great news Tom! 🙂
    BTW, it’s funny, but it makes me sick to the stomach to see those kind of “artists” you mention, I won’t tell names, but there are lots of people, some of them even have great digital drawing skills, but sadly, they can’t get a recognizable likeness in their caricatures. One of them kills me, this guy draws all his subjects like “macho tough cavemen”, even the ladies! LOL…
    Since I got your book, I’m more aware of this sad fact (sad for their business, hehe). I mean, if you can’t recognize the subject in the caricature, then the “artist” should consider taking cooking lessons, that way his lasagna will come out looking like sushi! LOL

  3. Ique says:

    Wow, that’s awseome Tom! I’m still waiting for my copy tough


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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