The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

February 10, 2017
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The Martian Invasion of 1894

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. 

February 10, 2017
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Bibliomania

At The Guardian, Lorraine Berry looks into the curious history of compulsive book buying: In the 19th century, book collecting became common among gentlemen, mostly in Britain, and grew into an obsession that one of its participants called “bibliomania”. Thomas Frognall … Continue reading

November 25, 2016
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Adaptation

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.  (Tom has touched on this subject before…)

October 27, 2016
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Herman Melville Considers A Title For His New Novel

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

October 24, 2016
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Illuminated Manuscripts

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

August 17, 2016
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The End of the Novel

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. Tom’s new graphic novel, Mooncop, will be published by D+Q next month.

July 25, 2016
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Innovations for the Modern Novelist

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. Who needs people?

July 15, 2016
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The Fourth Horsemen

Stephen Collins for The Guardian:

July 4, 2016
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Let’s Not Play Frisbee With That Poet Anymore

Stephen Collins for The Guardian (and newly available as limited edition Giclee print from his shop).

June 28, 2016
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Some Advice on How to Cope in These Tough Times

Tom Gauld. (I don’t think I’ve posted this before have I? It seems timely nonetheless).

June 20, 2016
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“What a Silly Idea”

Tom Gauld on women leads in spy fiction for The Guardian. See also, people of colour in fantasy films.

June 3, 2016
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How To Be a Bad Writer

Tom Gauld for The Guardian, inspired by this piece on what makes bad writing bad by Toby Litt.

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