The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

June 13, 2017
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The Appointment

Tom Gauld takes a look at editing process for The Guardian.  Tom’s recent comic ‘Editor’s Letter’ for the New York Times Magazine‘s ‘New York Stories‘ comic strip issue is also great:  Tom illustrated a story by Andy Newman called View Finder, … Continue reading

May 16, 2017
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Poets with Cellphones

Stephen Collins for The Guardian. 

May 3, 2017
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Put Your Faith in Comics

At The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino profiles G. Willow Wilson, the writer behind Ms. Marvel, a superhero who is (in her current incarnation) a teenage Muslim from Jersey City: The première of “Ms. Marvel” sold more copies digitally than it did in print—a company first. Marvel doesn’t … Continue reading

April 13, 2017
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Dystopia

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

March 31, 2017
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Talking Coffee

I related to Twisted Doodles comics about talking coffee a little too much… 

March 20, 2017
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Will You Help Us Destroy the Evil Galactic Empire?

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. (I’m working on my sardonically witty literary novel as we speak.)

March 15, 2017
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Will Eisner Centenary

On the centenary of his birth, The Society of Illustrators in New York is celebrating the life of cartoonist Will Eisner with an exhibition of his work, including original artwork from his graphic novels A Contract with God (1978) and Life on Another Planet (1983), … Continue reading

March 4, 2017
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40 Years of 2000AD

The Guardian looks back on 40 years of British weekly SF comic 2000AD: Forty years ago on 26 February, something extraordinary happened to British comics. Newsagents’ shelves were suddenly stuffed with a brand new title, its masthead garish red and yellow, with … Continue reading

March 3, 2017
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Books

Modern Toss (This is a little too close to the bone)

February 10, 2017
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The Martian Invasion of 1894

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. 

February 7, 2017
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Chris Ware on George Herriman and Krazy Kat

The New York Review of Books has an essay by cartoonist Chris Ware on George Herriman the creator Krazy Kat, one of the most beautiful, poetic and inventive comic strips ever created:     Krazy Kat has been described as a parable of love, … Continue reading

January 20, 2017
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The life-Changing Magic of Decluttering in a Post-Apocalyptic World

See all Tom Gauld‘s post-apocalyptic decluttering tips at The New Yorker. 

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