Illustration in the style of Tom Tomorrow
Tom Tomorrow is the pen name of Dan Perkins, an editorial cartoonist who was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1961. His weekly comic strip, This Modern World, is published in over 80 newspapers across the United States and Canada as well as in various publications such as The Nation, The Nib, Truthout, and Daily Kos. Perkins has also had his work featured in notable publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Esquire.
Perkins first published his work in the San Francisco-based anarchist magazine Processed World. His comic strip, This Modern World, was launched in 1988 and initially focused on consumer culture and the drudgery of work. However, as his audience expanded, he shifted his focus to politics.
Comic Book Illustration in the Style of Dan Perkins
Perkins has self-syndicated his comic throughout his career and has collaborated with Michael Moore. He was fired from U.S. News & World Report less than six months after being asked to contribute a bi-weekly cartoon. He has also produced an online animated series and worked on a project with Saturday Night Live.
In 2007, Keith Olbermann read Perkins' cover story for The Village Voice, "Bill O'Reilly's Very Useful Advice for Young People," on his show. In 2015, Perkins was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish a career retrospective, 25 Years of Tomorrow.
This Modern World has been published for over 31 years and often satirizes those in power while also examining the public's support for contemporary leaders and the media's role in shaping public perception. The comic strip features several recurring characters, including Sparky the penguin, Biff the conservative, and the tentacle-waving aliens of planet Glox. In addition to his comic strip, Perkins started a blog in 2001, also called This Modern World.