Tom Gauld tells Xpress a little about himself

“#WHYIGETOUTOFBED: TOM GAULD” / Xpress / Ben Tallon / April 3, 2013

Who are you and what do you do?

Tom Gauld. I’m a cartoonist and illustrator. I make a weekly cartoon for the Review in Saturday’s Guardian. My graphic novel “Goliath” was published last year and a collection of my cartoons titled “You’re All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack” comes out in April.

How are you?

I’m pretty well. I’ve fallen a bit behind with some projects recently so I’ll be better when I catch up a bit.

Tell us about your work

I love to draw, there’s nothing better than sitting with a sketchbook and a pen and a cup of coffee and doodling away. For me telling stories is much harder than drawing, but it’s worth the effort. I want my stories to be minimal, with no extra fuss or frippery, but to still have warmth.

Do you express yourself through creativity?


What was the last thing you created?

I made a poster today for a talk I’m giving next month, I had to do it very quickly so I’m rather relieved it turned out quite well.

What has inspired you as of late?

Reading “Building Stories” by Chris Ware has inspired me to work hard and aim high with my next project.

What are you reading/watching/listening to at the moment?

I’m reading Tenth of December, a book of short stories by George Saunders, which is amazing. I’ve been watching House of Cards on Netflix, which I’m really enjoying. And I’m counting the days till Game of Thrones is back on TV.

Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

On weekdays, the urge to get to my studio and work. At weekends, my children demanding pancakes.

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