Cartoonist Tom Gauld in conversation with Mark Medley > SEPT 21
Join Britain’s greatest cartoonist as he discussed his latest creation of cosmic meanderings in conversation with The Globe and Mail's Mark Medley.
In Mooncop, Tom Gauld details the daily musings of the last policeman loving on a lunar colony; an outmoded and irrelevant job in a future where the colony has long since been built and left to disintegrate. Gauld is the author of Goliath and You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, and has regular cartoons in The Guardian, New York Times, and New Scientist.
Tom Gauld was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1976, and studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art. Tom works as an illustrator and cartoonist and has contributed work to The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Believer, The New York Times, and Granta. He illustrated the children’s book The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and made a comic-strip cover for Penguin Books’ deluxe edition of The Three Musketeers. Since 2005, Tom has made a weekly cartoon about the arts which appears in The Guardian’s Saturday Review section. He lives in London, England, with his partner and two daughters.
The lunar colony is slowly winding down, like a small town circumvented by a new superhighway. As our hero, the Mooncop, makes his daily rounds, his beat grows ever smaller, the population dwindles. A young girl runs away, a dog breaks off his leash, an automaton wanders off from the Museum of the Moon. Each day that the Mooncop goes to work, life gets a little quieter and a little lonelier.
As in Goliath, Tom Gauld’s retelling of the Bible story, the focus in Gauld's science fiction is personal—no big explosions or grand reveals, just the incremental dissolution of an abandoned project and a person’s slow awakening to his own uselessness. Depicted in the distinctive, matter-of-fact style of his beloved Guardian strips, Mooncop is equal parts funny and melancholy. Gauld captures essential truths about humanity, making this a story of the past, present, and future, all in one.
TYPE TYPE TALK with TOM GAULD in conversation with MARK MEDLEY
in celebration on new graphic novel Mooncop
Type Books, 883 Queen Street West
Wednesday September 21, 2016 > 7pm-9pm