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Tom Toro

Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Haven Review, Narrative, and Audubon, among others.  His debut memoir and cartoon collection about breaking into The New Yorker while battling depression will be out from Dock Street Press in 2017.  Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tom now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, kid, and cat.

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  • Tom Toro

    From whence did this cartoon idea spring? Well, I believe that we are a generation of writers (and please correct me if I’m wrong here, my generation) who come up with the PhD dissertation on our stories simultaneous with actually composing the stories themselves. We’re over-educated, in other words. Meta-post-modernists. The narrative structure keeps stepping in front of the characters, the underlying themes keep surfacing to become the foundation of the plot, et cetera. It’s hard to shake the habit of pleasing one’s college professors, I suppose, when our love for literature is so intimately entwined with an analysis thereof. Or maybe that’s just how I feel on a bad day of writing… To the sketchpad!

  • Celeste

    Tom, can I say that I love the cartoons AND the bits of backstory as well? Thank you for sharing this.

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