Tom's Mad Blog

Possible Workshop Locations in 2018?

September 5th, 2017 | Posted in General

Next week is my last workshop of 2017, and I’m starting to think about possible locations for 2018. I am close to finalizing plans for a couple in the L.A. area in January, and I have already scheduled one in Switzerland in conjunction with a cartooning school neat Zurich in August. I am thinking seriously of doing one in Atlanta in February, but have nothing scheduled yet. Now’s your chance to let me know where you’d like me to come and do a workshop, as I am conducting an informal poll today. If I get a lot of responses with interest in a particular area… READ MORE

Have a MAD Labor Day!

September 4th, 2017 | Posted in General

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Sunday Mailbag- Caricature Art Devalued?

September 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: I do caricatures more as a hobby right now but hope to do more of it as part of a business. As I explore the market I would like to throw this out for debate: I wonder if the appreciation for the value of caricature and cartoon art has decreased over time due to the fact that there is so much fragmentation in how people can view art now. Art can be quickly accessed and viewed on the internet, mobile phones, YouTube, TV, e-books, e-mags etc. Is traditional caricature and cartooning now considered more “old school”? Comic strip characters are no longer the rage… READ MORE

Until Further Notice

August 29th, 2017 | Posted in General

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Animated Monday MADness: Extreme Home Renovation!

August 28th, 2017 | Posted in Monday MADness

Here’s a look at some of the character designs I did for a segment of the MAD animated show on Cartoon Network called “Extreme Renovation- House Edition: Superman” and a video of the finished animation:   READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag: Writing?

August 27th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: You are excellent at drawing, but for me your writing is excellent too. How did you learn to write? Some time ago I’ve read William Zinsser’s “On Writing Well”. You are always following his four articles of faith: clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity. A: Thanks for the compliment. I’ve always loved to write, but have had no formal training past what everyone got in high school. That makes my writing long on message and context but short on grammar, punctuation, and structure. What grasp of the language I have I credit to my mom for forcing my siblings and me to speak correct English.… READ MORE

Glenn Ferguson Attacker Finally on Trial

August 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

Glenn in happier times, with the artwork he did of the MAD Magazine speakers at the ISCA Con in Ohio in 2009. L to R: Me, Mark Fredrickson, Glenn, Sam Viviano, Hermann Mejia On Jan 1, 2016 a long-time friend and fellow caricaturist, Glenn Ferguson, was brutally attacked and stabbed in the head by a co-worker named Fredrick Torres. He suffered permanent damage after 3 inches of a pair of scissors pierced and lodged in his brain. After 20 months of legal weaseling, Torres finally went on trial yesterday. Here’s a couple of new stories. Glenn struggles daily with PTSD, impairment due to brain damage… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Ryan Reynolds!

August 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Sketch O'The Week

Deadlines are still killing me this week, so here’s another throwback sketch out of an old sketchbook I ran across recently, probably from around 2011 or so… Ryan Reynolds. READ MORE

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