Tom Toro is a cartoonist and author who has published over 200 cartoons in The New Yorker since 2010. His books include I’M TERRIFIED OF BATH TIME with Simon Rich, HOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR PORCUPINE, and A USER’S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY with Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice. His cartoons also appear in Playboy, the Paris Review, the New York Times, American Bystander and elsewhere. His collection of Trump cartoons TINY HANDS was published in 2017 by Dock Street Press, and Tom has written short stories for the New Haven Review, Slush Pile and Litro (UK), as well as contributing a dozen essays to the New Yorker Cartoon Encyclopedia. Tom’s fiction has been shortlisted for the Disquiet International Literary Prize. He was an inaugural fellow at the Orchard Project Episodic Lab in screenwriting, where he developed a mixed animated TV show, and he was awarded a playwriting residency at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre Ground Floor. Tom is currently working on a graphic memoir about becoming an artist during turbulent times. He has given presentations on cartooning at Columbia University, the Kansas City Art Institute, Litquake San Francisco, and Day of Knowledge in Mexico City. Tom attended NYU graduate film school, where he co-created films that played at Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes. He graduated cum laude from Yale, where he received the Betts Prize for his literary work while also serving as captain of the national-champion lightweight rowing team and cartoon editor for the Yale Herald. Tom lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, kid and cat.
NPR – All Things Considered
Listen to an interview with Tom Toro from part of a series called “My Big Break,” on All Things Considered.