Gauld, Tom

Tagged: Art

(1976-    ) Scottish illustrator, cartoonist and author, active since the beginning of the twenty-first century; he is perhaps best known for a weekly strip cartoon published in the Guardian, a full representative assembly of this material being You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack (graph coll 2013). Goliath (graph 2012), about the tragically reluctant warrior, is based on the biblical story. Of direct sf interest is Mooncop (graph 2016), a superficially winsome but subtly and implacably melancholy Graphic Novel set in the Near Future on the Moon just after attempts at settlement have clearly proven unprofitable. The protagonist, a policeman who is the last non-Robot representative of government on the Moon, mets a young woman who seemingly through corporate error has been delegated to upgrade a Lunar Donuts food dispenser into a Lunar Donuts Minicafe. They discover they are the last remaining humans. Together, they gaze upon the great globe of the Earth. There is little sense they will become Adam and Eve. Gauld's style clearly evokes Edward Gorey, but as well shows a clear understanding of the work of Hugh Lofting. [JC]

Tom Gauld

born Aberdeenshire, Scotland: 1976

died

works (selected)

  • Goliath (London: Drawn and Quartered, 2012) [graph: illus/hb/Tom Gauld]
  • Mooncop (London/New York: Drawn and Quartered, 2016) [graph: illus/hb/Tom Gauld]

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