Tom Motley

self-portrait by Tom

self-portrait by Tom

A true veteran of the indy comics scene, Tom has been drawing and publishing comics since the mid-1980s. He is especially interested in formal constraints and meta-comics games. You can see his work on his website and at his sketch-blog. He has recently illustrated a translation for young readers of Apuleius's The Golden Ass. You can also read his formally inventive kid-friendly science-fiction comic Aline the Alien at Kidjutsu.

In his teens, Tom enjoyed fantasy novels by Lord Dunsany, Evangeline Walton, and Mervyn Peake. As an adult he graduated to Borges, Calvino, Queneau, and others. His favorite comics include Jack Cole's Plastic Man, George Herriman's Krazy Kat, and Harvey Kurtzman's MAD.

Tom is a member of the cartooning faculty at the School of Visual Arts and the illustration faculty at the Pratt Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In Cartozia, you can bet that Tom would know the path through the China Labyrinth.