Like some sort of rare element at the tail end of the periodic table, cartoonist Tom Gauld is a hard one to find. After a string of great short stories in various anthologies like AdHouse’s Telstar and Fantagraphics’ Beasts, he got his biggest solo release yet earlier this year with the graphic novel Goliath at Drawn & Quarterly. And now he’s opening a new side of his work people outside of England never see: He’s posting online his weekly cartoons he does for The Guardian.
Posting on a blog whose title, “You’re All Just Jealous Of My Jetpack,” is taken from one of his comics, Gauld’s strips for The Guardian are primarily focused on entertainment. Although the blog only launched today, the cartoonist has already posted six strips.
And if you haven’t read it already, Goliath is worth tracking down. It retells the biblical story of David vs. Goliath from the point of view of Goliath, and that interesting vantage point is made even more interesting by the cartoonist’s XKCD-meets-Edward Gorey art style.