“He’s part of the family now”

Things have been looking up for Dan Perkins (a/k/a Tom Tomorrow), author and cartoonist of “This Modern World”.

Not only has Perkins renewed his association with the Village Voice after a lengthy absence due to cost-cutting measures, but he picked up a pretty sweet gig in the interim.

As detailed in this feature in today’s New York Times, his friend Eddie Vedder unexpectedly hooked him up with the prize gig of designing the album cover for Pearl Jam’s Backspacer, due in stores on September 20th.


Vedder says, “I wasn’t sure if our politics were hard-core enough for him,” but apparently this mutual admiration society is now in play for the long haul. 

In his role as “part of the family”, Perkins is now designing Pearl Jam concert posters as well as the cover of the October issue of Spin Magazine – on sale two days after the album release and obviously featuring the band, embarking on a tour in support of the new record.

If you’re not familiar with the work of Tom Tomorrow, be sure to check out his collected works of political satire at salon.com.

And for some alternative bedtime reading for the kiddies, be sure to check out Tom Tomorrow’s first book for children, The Very Silly Mayor.  This just-released little story looks something like this:

Very Silly Mayor

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~ by acm213 on September 7, 2009.

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