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Tom Gauld is a talented cartoonist and illustrator whose work combines humor with a touch of philosophy. Known for his simple, expressive characters and their witty conversations about literature, art, and science, Tom's comics are a treat for readers of all ages. His unique style has earned him regular features in renowned publications like The Guardian, The New Yorker, and New Scientist, as well as a dedicated following of 154 thousand fans on Instagram.

We are thrilled to present a selection of Tom Gauld's charming comics. Each piece offers a clever and often amusing look at various topics, making you think while also bringing a smile to your face. Scroll down and enjoy the witty and intelligent world of Tom Gauld's illustrations.

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Tom Gauld always wanted to draw comics, but it took him a while to realize he could write them too. He initially believed one had to study literature to be a writer. In art school, he met Simone Lia, and they encouraged each other to create their first cartoons, which they self-published in a book called "First." They started with silly little jokes and have since progressed to writing graphic novels and picture books, although Gauld still enjoys making silly little jokes.

When asked about the evolution of his style, Tom explained that he began as an illustrator and had to learn to be a cartoonist and incorporate words over time. "I think my images have become simpler and cleaner as I've become more interested in telling stories than making pictures. Though of course making an attractive image is important too.

The most important influence was probably having a weekly cartooning job at the Guardian (and later at New Scientist) which forced me to constanly make new work to a strict deadline."

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“I Love Making People Laugh”: New Humorous Comics By Tom Gauld

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6 days ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hiring a surrealist architect can make life interesting, especially if you prefer complexities.

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We asked Gauld if any of his comics or illustrations are especially important to him. He said he’s fond of his children's book, "The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess." "It was a new departure for me to make a book for children and I found it very hard but, in the end, rewarding. Also, it began as a story I invented for my own children then became something we worked on together as a family."

To understand more about the life of a cartoonist, we asked Gauld about common misconceptions people might have regarding their work. "I think there is an idea that being a cartoonist is such delightful fun that I sit all day at my desk chuckling with laughter. I certainly enjoy my job, but the positive moments as a creator are usually more like the satisfaction of solving a puzzle, than the laughter and joy I feel as the reader of a good cartoon.

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6 days ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In one of Terry Pratchett’s novels (Reaperman) some types of trees ar sentient but think at such a slow pace they can’t sense things faster than about a day. They end up wondering why some of their number suddenly disappear after hearing the wire of an axe blade. They also believed in reincarnation and hope that by being a good tree they get reincarnated as a nice stylish dinner table with matching chairs.

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6 days ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Despite his advanced education, the guy never learned that snitches get stitches, even at the subatomic level.

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6 days ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Blender 3D tutorial donut is the fruit of the union of him and one of the real donuts. Its fate is to look delectible, but never to be tasted.

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