Daily Archives: 29 July 2015

A Worthy Project: Tom Tomorrow’s Kickstarter

For the past 25 years, since long before The Daily Show, Tom Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins) has been publishing a brilliant, often snarky take on politics in a comic strip called This Modern World.   Perkins has won Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (twice) and the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.  Last year, he was a finalist for Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

To celebrate This Modern World’s 25th anniversary, Perkins hoped to publish a two-volume. 1000-page compilation of all the cartoons.  He turned to Kickstarter for financing, with an original goal of raising $87,000 toward publishing the books.  Within a day, his fans had pledged more than $100,000.

With five days left, the total has now reached $243,344, just short of the final $250,000 goal. Pledges have ranged from $1 to $10,000.  A $70 pledge gets you a copy of the two-volume hardcover book in an attractive slipcase, and a PDF version as well.

Here’s a sample:

The Original Pixels, sans Adam Sandler

Not everyone loves the new Adam Sandler movie, Pixels.  It’s sitting on an 18% favourable rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which says the critics’ consensus is that “Much like the worst arcade games from the era that inspired it, Pixels has little replay value and is hardly worth a quarter.”

Pixels is based on this award-winning 2010 short by a young filmmaker named Patrick Jean. Instead of hitting the multiplex, save your quarters, and watch this v clever video instead.