Make That Thing is pleased and excited to bring you Twenty-Five Years of Tomorrow, and to tell you about it, here’s Tom Tomorrow himself:
I’m Tom Tomorrow, the creator of This Modern World, the weekly cartoon of political and social satire that runs on Daily Kos and the Nation, and has been a mainstay of alt-weekly newspapers around the country since 1990. I’ve won the Herblock Prize, the Aronson Award, the RFK Journalism Award (twice), and this year, I was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
I’ve done a lot of work over the last 25 years! I’ve written more than 1,500 cartoons, published ten cartoon anthologies and a children’s book, and had cartoons featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, U.S. News & World Report, Esquire, and Spin, just to name a few. I even worked with Pearl Jam to create the art for their 2009 album, Backspacer.
This giant two-volume set will feature every cartoon I’ve ever done: my weekly strip, work I did for magazines, one-offs, rarities, illustrations, you name it. There’s some early, non-TMW work that hasn’t been seen by anyone in decades, if ever—including experiments with collage, single panel gag cartoons, and even an attempt at a syndicated daily comic strip from the 1980s. I’m including some of the interviews I’ve done over the years, and to put things in context I’ve gone through and added extensive annotation to many of the cartoons. I have several pages on the Pearl Jam collaboration, including photos and art that have never been made public before. And of course, there are the cartoons themselves—a contemporary satirical history of everything we’ve been through over the past 25 years, through the eyes of an acerbic penguin with weird sunglasses.
Even if you have some of my older books, you’ve never seen my work like this before.
This project is my entire career in book form. It’s a labor of love: a thousand pages, two volumes, fifteen pounds of cartoons.
And we have a lot of other cool rewards lined up. You can get a copy of my children’s book, The Very Silly Mayor, which is the only major work I’ve done that’s NOT included in this retrospective. I have some original (pre-digital) strips from the 1990s to give away. And I’ve got some amazing collectibles for Pearl Jam fans, including vinyl Backspacer albums signed by all five members of the band, not to mention a guitar from Eddie Vedder’s personal collection, which he has signed and drawn on!
Take a look at 25 Years of Tomorrow on Kickstarter or just get a copy yourself! (Does not include guitar)