Tom Tomorrow

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Tom Tomorrow
BornDan Perkins
(1961-04-05) April 5, 1961 (age 59)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)cartoonist
Notable works
This Modern World
Awards full list

Tom Tomorrow is the pen name of editorial cartoonist Dan Perkins (b. April 5, 1961, in Wichita, Kansas). His weekly comic strip, This Modern World , which comments on current events, appears regularly in more than 80 newspapers across the United States and Canada as of 2015, [1] as well as in The Nation , [2] The Nib , [3] Truthout , [4] and the Daily Kos , where he was the former comics curator [5] and now is a regular contributor. [6] His work has appeared in The New York Times , The New Yorker , Spin , Mother Jones , Esquire , The Economist , Salon , The American Prospect , CREDO Action , and AlterNet . [7] [8] [5] [9] [10]

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Career

Perkins was first published in the San Francisco-based anarchist magazine Processed World . He adopted the subject matter of the consumer culture and the drudgery of work, a theme shared by the magazine, and entitled his comic strip This Modern World when it was launched in 1988. (Like many of the magazine's contributors he adopted a pseudonym to avoid retribution from potential employers.) [11]

In 1990, the strip began to be run in the SF Weekly , before being picked up in the fall of 1991 by the San Francisco Examiner . During this time of expanding audiences for Perkins, he shifted the focus of his work to politics. Perkins added papers throughout the 1990s, distributing his comic via self-syndication, a practice he has continued throughout his career. [11] [12]

In 1998, Perkins was asked by editor James Fallows to contribute a bi-weekly cartoon to U.S. News and World Report , but was fired less than six months later, reportedly at the direction of owner Mort Zuckerman. [13]

In 1999, Perkins had an animation deal with Saturday Night Live and produced three animated spots that were never aired. [8] In 2000 and 2001, his online animated series was the top-billed attraction in Mondo Media's lineup of mini-shows, in which the voice of Sparky the Penguin was provided by Jeopardy! champion and author Bob Harris. [14] Perkins has also collaborated with Michael Moore, according to a 2005 interview with the Santa Cruz Metro. [15]

In December 2007, Keith Olbermann devoted the closing segment of an episode of his show to a reading of "Bill O'Reilly's Very Useful Advice for Young People", a two-page cartoon-cover story by Perkins for The Village Voice . [16]

In 2009, Village Voice Media, publishers of 16 alternative weeklies, suspended all syndicated cartoons across their entire chain. Perkins thereby lost twelve client papers in cities including Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and Seattle, [17] prompting his friend Eddie Vedder to post an open letter on the Pearl Jam website in support of the cartoonist. [18] Vedder and Perkins had become friends after meeting at a campaign rally for Ralph Nader in 2000. [19] The collaboration between Pearl Jam and Perkins continued with an invitation to submit cover art for the Backspacer album in 2009. [20] After being selected to provide the cover art for Backspacer, Perkins went on to create a series of Halloween-themed posters for the concerts supporting the album. [21]

In 2015, Perkins was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize [22] and later in the year, ran a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $300,000 to publish a career retrospective, 25 Years of Tomorrow. [1]

This Modern World

This Modern World is Perkins' ongoing comic strip that has been published continually for more than 31 years. While it often ridicules those in power, the strip also focuses on the average American's support for contemporary leaders and their policies, as well as the popular media's role in shaping public perception.

In addition to any politicians and celebrities depicted, the strip has several recurring characters:

In September 2001, he began his blog, also called This Modern World.

Personal life

Perkins, a longtime resident of both San Francisco and Brooklyn, currently lives in New York City. [23]

Works and publications

Anthologies of This Modern World

Children's picture book

Awards

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