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On speed dating: Les Mots de la Carpe [animation]

I watched Les Mots de la Carpe today on Vimeo, and though I couldn’t understand a word of French, this animation proves that a picture is worth a thousand words. Watch how deceptively simple the lines are (the environment is mostly made...Show More Summary

One Plus Hub Beer Bust at San Diego Comic Con

The One Plus Hub is an animation networking group and is comprised of over 900 members from the animation and related media communities at large. Animation producers, directors, writers, executives, agents, composers and managers in all media (films, television series, web, and mobile entertainment) come together to network, and the next event will be at [...]

Watercolor teatowels by Yao Cheng

  I’m in love with these gorgeous tea towels by watercolor artist Yao Cheng today – it looks absolutely vivid and bright, and I found out that she doesn’t print them digitally – instead, she prints through a reactive dye process. What I love about these towels is that it is completely color-fast. Show More Summary

Eat Your Onions and Peas

In the last year or two I have been corresponding with a couple of terrific cartoonists from Europe named José Villena and David Tomaselli, who do a great and clever comic strip called Onion and Pea. They collected their work in a very cool, interactive ebook that I mentioned here before. Now José and David […]

Pablo Bear Goes to Asia

  Two years ago, I met Pablo Ientile as he was working his way across Asia for his book. Now, 2 years later and with lots of stories under his belt, he’s running an Indiegogo campaign where you’ll be able to support his first ever production...Show More Summary

Monday MADness- The Schiavo Media Circus!

This week’s Monday MADness is a peek at a rough sketch for a “MAD 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2005? piece entitled “The Terri Schiavo Media Circus” from MAD #461, January 2006. The original rough above got changed quite a bit by the editors for the final page seen below. This was a […]

Sunday Mailbag- Don’t Draw Me Fat!

Q: Love your book, it helps me a great deal when dealing with my studio works. Especially the ladies’ facial structure as I seem to have problems with (that)…  issues with questions such as ” can you draw me slimmer?”, “can you draw me younger?” etc. How do you deal with such requests? A: […]

From ASIFA-Hollywood’s YouTube Channel: A Tribute to Daws Butler

Back in July of 2003, ASIFA-Hollywood invited members to discover the many talents of a person who became an icon in animation and inspired an entire generation of voice actors: Daws Butler. Hosted by Joe Bevilacqua, the event included special guests June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Witch Hazel and Granny), Corey Burton (Justice League, [...]

Job Hunting Workshop Planned by Conduit Seminars

Today’s fast paced technology and global marketplace have changed the rules of job-hunting. Where do you start? How do you keep from being overwhelmed? With a total of over 40 years of creative team-building experience, Debra Blanchard Knight and Pam Hogarth, with their proven collection of modern tactics, job-search tools and key insights would like [...]


I haven't posted anything in quite a while. Here's something I was messing around with last night. Started it in ArtRage and fine-tuned it in Photoshop. It would have turned out better with a photo reference, but I was just having a little fun.

Bunny Bash 2014

Ended up planning a last second visit to my theme park operation in Massachusetts this weekend, and took the opportunity to swing through New York to attend the annual “Bunny Bash”. This is an unofficial NCS party hosted by the delightful Bunny Hoest Carpenter at her beautiful Long Island home. It’s a wonderful time and […]

Happy 8th Birthday to Tom’s MAD Blog!

The blog turns eight today, the first post having appeared on June 26th, 2006. Here’s my annual list of the website stats: Over 6.4 million page views Best day ever-  22,199 views 2,9310 total posts over 11,200 comments 388 Sunday Mailbag questions answered 393 Sketches o’the Week posted

My experience with starting a freelance business

Over on the Pattern Observer blog today, I talked about how I started my freelance career – having made the jump into the unchartered territory (at least for me), 7 years ago. Did you know that I also put down a mortgage for our home...Show More Summary

Your Dreams My Nightmares

I was on Sam Weber’s illustration podcast, Your Dreams My Nightmares, last week. We talked about Adventure Time, minicomics, zine-making, art school (or not), traveling, Canada vs Los Angeles, “kids’” books and Guelph.

On the Drawing Board- 6/24/14

Clicky any to embiggen… I have a couple of big projects on the board right now that is keeping me from accepting a lot of little jobs. There are pros and cons to that, but mostly pros. Here’s what’s on the board right now: MAD Magazine- 5 page TV show parody Book Illustrations- Working with […]

Monday MADness- Lost!

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the complete pencil roughs for MAD‘s parody of the TV show LOST, from MAD #453, May 2005, written by Dick Debartolo (Clicky any to embiggen): And if you are curious, here’s what the final art looked like:

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