Sunday Mailbag

March 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: Do you ever find yourself “taking revenge” on a personality or celebrity you find particularly annoying? For example, being so fed up with constantly hearing about the shenanigans of Snooki or a Kardashian, your only option is to skewer them through caricature (although admittedly your drawings don’t seem to come across as mean-spirited).

A: I will certainly channel my feelings about a subject into the caricature, so if I dislike them or find them annoying that will play into my drawing. Sometimes if I really despise someone I will “go after them” in my drawing… not so much in their exaggerations but in the context of the piece. Here are some samples of some people you can probably tell I am not overly fond of:

Some obvious editorializing in many of these, except the one of Donatella Versace. No need to do anything but draw her actual features.

Thanks to Ed Placencia of Lancaster, PA for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!


  1. Tom, you’re an extrodinarirly talented fellow! Excellent work.

  2. Frank J says:

    Twenty years form now, when some clueless members of
    The Baseball Writers Association Of America decide McGwire has suffered enough and vote him into the Hall Of Fame,
    THAT image is the one that should be on the plaque.
    (And maybe Carrot Top could present him.)

    Outstanding work as always, 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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