The bookish cartoonist

The work of Tom Gauld, surely the world’s most bookish cartoonist.

From Wikipedia, very briefly indeed:

Tom Gauld (born 1976), is a Scottish cartoonist and illustrator. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and the Royal College of Art.

… His books are now published by Drawn and Quarterly and he regularly produces cartoons and illustrations for The New Yorker, the The New York Times, The Guardian newspaper and New Scientist magazine.

Gauld does draw on themes other than books, but books — their place in our lives, the details of specific books — are his great theme. From the NYT Magazine on the 8th, this four-part dark reflection on books vs. their readers:





A more rueful take:


The death of the novel:


And sorting out the characters:


Bookish, and often edgy.

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