Tom Motley

(Cartoonist - Tragic Strip; Hector)

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Tom Motley


These days, I have a comic strip running in The Brooklyn Rail. I teach cartooning at SVA and the Abrons Arts Center, and illustration at Pratt Manhattan.

Before that, I taught cartooning all over the Denver metro area, illustrated a couple books of short stories, and conducted comic jams and other activities in conjunction with The Squid Works.

In the 1990s, I directed the comic strip cooperative, Hector, placing jam strips and experimental comics in zines, UG papers, and literary mags around the country and in faraway places like Belgium and Brazil.

In the 1980s, I helped start the Acme Comics workshop and the Fandom House minicomics distributorship, and self published Steel Pulse, Pro-Wrestling Adventures, named the second best wrestling comic of all time by Bettie Paginated magazine and called by The Paper "the most inspiringly inane project ever to mutate from the cesspool of American trash culture."

Before that, I was a sullen teenage hippie freak, before that, a quiet child, before that an infant, a fetus, an embryo, a blastocyst, a zygote, a couple of gametes, and so on, on back.