We are back once gain True Believers with our most popular segments, 20 questions with comic artists!!!! Today we travel across the Atlantic to talk with Tom Nash of Tut & Groan a wordplay web comic from England. The Root Beer is an international party which embraces comics and comic creators from all over the globe. If there is one thing that can unite us all, it is laughing at the absurdities of life.
You can find his comic on his home page at: http://www.tutandgroan.com/about/
Before I fell out with the craft of writing, I would draw terrible MS Paint cartoons to add a little something different to each blog post I’d write for my creative writing website. I also, used to think up bad jokes and labored puns that I would do nothing with. When I took a break from writing I decided to merge the two together and start doodling the jokes I’d come up with on my tablet (that coincidently came with a stylus) as a way to keep the creativity ticking over.
The great Moose Allain is a professional artist who lives in the Southwest of the UK and creates a fantastic array of art, stop-motion videos, cartoons and jokes on Twitter. His feed showed me that there was an audience for quick, funny (if not especially well drawn) doodles, so I decided to get in on the action.
See, root beer isn’t as big over here in the UK. I had to look it up. Ginger beer counts, right? They sell a ‘weapons grade’ alcoholic version where I studied in Cornwall. Once in a while I would neck a pint of that. It was strong stuff… I preferred the local cider (sorry!).
Well, the good people of Unbound.co.uk have just helped me launch a crowdfunding campaign for a T&G book. If I can get that fully funded, I think I’ll have exceeded everyone’s expectations, especially my own.
I’m a writer by trade (I may have mentioned that earlier…) and have written (and had a big falling out with) a novel that I started a few years ago, during my postgraduate degree. Music is very important to me as well, but I have no musical talent. Mostly, I like to laugh. There’s not much going on around the world to smile about at the moment, so any guilt-free opportunity is golden.
I don’t think I could call myself a professional cartoonist until it has made me some money but I’ve put it on my LinkedIn profile anyway. If my Unbound book campaign reaches full funding and you can pick up a copy on Amazon, then that would be very cool. It’s hard to get something made if you don’t have big name backing or a huge audience, it’d be great to see something I’ve created on the shelf in a shop.
I try to avoid politics if I can (I’ve failed a handful of times) and I try not to be cruel, but if I think it’s funny, I’m making the joke.
I have a battered and abused Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with attached stylus and I settled on Autodesk Sketch Express as my app of choice after trying a couple of others.
I have a degree in English with Creative Writing and a postgraduate degree in Professional Writing. I didn’t realize they would help with a comic. Never envisioned a comic, to be honest… I think it helps to know how stories work, especially now I do three and six panel comic strips.
Getting this book deal. It’s been an exciting couple of years and it’s good to know it’s (hopefully) been building towards something.
Potentially, it’s getting this book deal as well. I was just sharing little drawings I thought were funny, now I’m trying to convince people to pay for a book full of them. It escalated quickly.
No such luck… Yet. I’ve got a T&G t-shirt and so have my missus and buddy. If they count, there are three walking exhibits in South London.
Loads- Rubyetc, John Cullen, Peter from Fatherhood Badly Doodled, Mike from Dust Piggies, Chris from Poorly Drawn Guy, Pais from Highgreen Dawn, OddAtho, Joan Cornella, Mythdirection, Reza from Poorly Drawn Lines, Things in Squares, Liana Finck… I could go on for days- there are a lot of very talented people on them internets. Pretty much everyone on my Twitter follow list is intimidatingly gifted.
People tell me my comics have made them laugh. That makes me happy. I’m running out of obvious puns so I can see the updates dropping to twice a week at some point, maybe. I’ll keep doing it as long as people keep laughing and I keep coming up with jokes I’m willing to put my name to.
Apart from shut your noise and fuck off? Your opinion isn’t as important as your mother has led you to believe. Nobody cares what you think, even the people who do have time for your nonsense so shut your noise and get to fuck.
I try to ensure I have at least 30 toons scheduled at a time, if not more. I keep my phone or a notepad close by at all times, ready for doodling and my back pocket usually has a couple of scribbled comics on pages torn form work notepads or on Post-it notes. These prolific spells help hide the occasional barren patches, innit.
I like a coffee. I live on coffee. A latte, preferably, thanks. On a hot day- cider, a flat, still scrumpy. Delicious.
Tut and Groan transcends political factions. Unless there’s a badge. Is there a badge?
I’m crap at drawing so anything more technical than two blokes talking is a challenge for me. Humor is so subjective it is a challenge to ensure every cartoon is a challenge
I’m approaching 500 entries on the website, which is nice. Plus, I’m getting married next year. Hopefully the book will be funded by then. Lots of things to look forward to in 2017 and beyond… Now, about getting that book funding…