Here's the pen cartoonist Tom Gauld uses

Tom Gauld is one of my favorite cartoonists. (see my reviews of his previous books, Mooncop, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack, Goliath, and The Gigantic Robot).


I met him a couple of years ago and he gave me the pen he uses to draw his cartoons: the Pilot Precise V5 Roller Ball Stick Pen. It makes a very clean line, and Tom told me the ink does not fade, even after many years. Now that I've started sketching again (I post some of my sketches on my Instagram account), I was reminded of Tom's pen and reordered a box. Read the rest

Tonight (11/6/2017) in LA: Cartoonist Tom Gauld in conversation with Mark Frauenfelder

If you live in LA, I hope to see you at Skylight Books in Silver Lake, where I'll be talking with British cartoonist Tom Gauld about his work, including his latest book, Baking With Kafka. I'm a huge fan of Tom's work (see my reviews of his previous books, Mooncop, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack, Goliath, and The Gigantic Robot).

Tom also created this lovely Boing Boing T-shirt, which should be in the wardrobe off all discriminating primates.

I've never met Tom in person, so I'm excited about this evening!

Event date: Monday, November 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event address: 1818 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027

You can reserve a copy of Baking with Kafka at Skylight Books here, so Tom can sign it for you.

Laugh out loud funny, Baking with Kafka compiles brilliant British cartoonist Tom Gauld's weekly strips in The Guardian, each strip captures the profundity of a thinkpiece while elevating its commentary to triumphant new levels of comedic narration. Join this stellar cartoonist for a wonderful evening of conversation with Mark Frauenfelder discussing these celebrated strips.

In his inimitable style, British cartoonist Tom Gauld has opened comics to a crossover audience and challenged perceptions of what the medium can be. Noted as a "book-lover's cartoonist," Gauld's weekly strips in The Guardian, Britain's most well-regarded newspaper, stitch together the worlds of literary criticism and pop culture to create brilliantly executed, concise comics. Simultaneously silly and serious, Gauld adds an undeniable lightness to traditionally highbrow themes.

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Mooncop – A story with existential pathos that we Earth-dwellers can relate to. Released today!

See sample pages from this book at Wink.


by Tom Gauld

Drawn and Quarterly

2016, 96 pages, 6.6 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches (hardcover)

$(removed) Buy a copy on Amazon

The great Moon colonization project was a failure. The few diehards who remain in their prefab pod-like houses are going back to Earth. That leaves the unnamed lunar police officer with barely anything to do as operations wind down. Author/illustrator Tom Gauld is in top form with his just-released Mooncop, telling a simple story with a deep layer of existential pathos that even we Earth-dwellers can relate to. Read the rest

New Tom Gauld print: "Some advice on how to cope in these tough times"

Cartoonist Tom Gauld (author of You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack) has a gorgeous new letterpress print.

A three colour letterpress print on 175gsm Somerset paper in an edition of 250 signed and numbered copies. The image is 21cm by 25cm, and the paper is 27 by 32cm.

The print will be available in late May but you can pre-order now. It costs £85 (including p&p) in the UK and £90 (including p&p) in the rest of the world.

Please note: This is a hand made print so there will be some small variations in tone and registration over the edition. This will be the only edition I make of this print.

I have one of his prints, "Characters for an Epic Tale," and I can vouch for its high quality. (See more posts about Tom Gauld on Boing Boing.)

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You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack: a collection of Tom Gauld's brilliant cartoons

My glib description of Tom Gauld's cartoons would be "a science fiction Edward Gorey." It's unfair though, because there's is only a superficial stylistic resemblance between the two writer/illustrators.

To read a Tom Gauld cartoon or illustrated book (see my reviews of The Gigantic Robot and Goliath) is to be entertained, but also to be affected on a deeper level, where timeless truths about the human condition wait for talents such as Gauld to tap a line into them and provide lesser mortals like me with a chance to taste them.

Gauld's new book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack came out yesterday, and it consists of single panels that explore the passage of time, absurdism, and most of the 7 Deadly Sins, all presented with a sense of graceful whimsy that makes his work such a delight to read. Below, a sampling of You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack. Read the rest

New Boing Boing T-shirt: Robots, by Tom Gauld

The great cartoonist Tom Gauld (The Gigantic Robot, Goliath) designed our latest Boing Boing T-shirt. It's called "Robots."

New Boing Boing T-shirt: Robots, by Tom Gauld: $16.95

More Boing Boing Tees:

Demolish Serious Culture $14.95 Fnord $14.95 Boing Boing Beetle $14.95 Boing Boing Ship $16.95 Boing Boing Critter - Baby Snapsuit $8.95 Boing Boing - It Followed Me Home $14.95 Boing Boing Critter $14.95 Boing Boing Skullcap $14.95 Read the rest

Tom Gauld's Goliath: exclusive excerpt

As reviewed in Gweek - Tom Gauld's tragic, darkly funny retelling of David and Goliath from Goliath's perspective. Gauld's work is always quietly powerful and emotionally grabbing. Here's a seven-page taste of the new graphic novel, which is presented in a beautiful hardcover format from Drawn & Quarterly

Buy Goliath on Amazon

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"Two Rocks Converse," by Tom Gauld

I've expressed my admiration for Tom Gauld before (The Gigantic Robot, Characters for an Epic Tale). He is one of the best cartoonists around! Read Tom's comics here. Read the rest

Tom Gauld print: "Characters for an Epic Tale"

Tom Gauld, author of the astounding The Gigantic Robot book, has a new print available at Buenvaventura Press, called "Characters for an Epic Tale."

9.5 x 12.5 inches, 2 colors [note the apparition, done in a gray spot-color -- Mark], letterpress printed on Hahnemühle Mould-made Ingres paper. Signed and numbered edition of 150, half available through Buenaventura Press and half through Tom Gauld himself. This edition of 150 has been divided between BP and the artist. If you are in North America you can order direct from us here, for the rest of the world you can order it soon directly from the artist's website

Buy yours now! These are going fast, and the price will increase to $150 when we are down to the last ten!

While you are at Buenaventura Press's website, note that they are having a 20% off sale on every book they publish!

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