Tom Pappalardo

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Professionally, I’m an independent graphic designer, illustrator, and After Effects animator. I like clean, flat, and bold. My portfolio is over at Standard Design. This site does not deal with that stuff. That’s why I have that site.
Subprofessionally, which I’m pretty sure is a word, I’m an author, cartoonist, and an art-maker. I’ve released a few of books. I will release a few more. I have sold many coffee-related items on Etsy.
Unprofessionally, I write rock songs in the drum & guitar duo The Demographic.
I live in western Massachusetts. I am from eastern Massachusetts. I live in a manky old house with a cat named Charlie and a dog named Buddy. I had a song on Car Talk once. I wore a mask in a PIXIES video once. I used to drive a cool Ford and now I drive an extremely uncool Ford.


Bygone (chapbook, 2019)
Mind The Gap (chapbook, 2019)
Broken Lines (illustrated novel, 2018)
One More Cup Of Coffee (essays, 2016)
Everything You Didn’t Ask For (comics, 2014/18)
Famous Fighters (comic w/ Matt Smith, 2006/OOP)
Failure, Incompetence (comic, 2005/OOP)
Through The Wood, Beneath The Moon (comic w/ Matt Smith, Caliber Comics, 1998/OOP)
Alec Dear: A Dark Pome (comic w/ Matt Smith, Xeric grant recipient, 1996/OOP)


Listen Close (The Demographic, 2013)
Bleak and Hollow (single, The Demographic, 2013)
Verse Chorus Curse (The Demographic, 2011)
Don’t Worry About Me (Tom Pappalardo solo, 2000-2009)
Spatializing Sound In The Time Domain (The No-Shadow Kick, 2005)
The Promo EP (The No-Shadow Kick, 2001)
Basement Make-Out Party (The No-Shadow Kick, 1999)
Alonely (Tom Pappalardo solo, 1992-1999)

My Graphic Work Has Appeared In:

It’s Only Rock & Roll But I Like It: More Real Rock Art for Real Rock Bands (2013)
Gig Posters Volume 2 (2011, Quirk Books) Coloring Book No. 3 (2010)
Typeface: Classic Typography for Contemporary Design (2009, Princeton)
Naive: Modernism & Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design (2009, Gestalten)
Panda Meat Vol. 1 (2005, Last Gasp)
Art of Modern Rock: The Poster Explosion (2004, Chronicle Books)

My Stories Have Appeared In:

Wired, Gizmodo, Boing Boing, Juked, Andromeda Spaceways, Boston Accent Lit, The Valley Advocate, Meat For Tea, The Boston Phoenix, Play (anthology), Laughing Squid, Shelter (anthology), Royal Flush magazine, I Want Your Skull, Letter X, VMAG, Aftertaste, Lollipop, FORTY-3, and Don’t Shoot! It’s Only Comics.

Shows and Exhibitions:

SORRY-GO-ROUND – The Green Bean, Northampton, Mass. (2016 solo show)
SORRY-GO-ROUND – The Rendezvous, Turners Falls, Mass. (2015 solo show)
LOOK 5 – FOE Gallery, Northampton, Mass. (2015)
dECAde – Easthampton, Mass. (2015)
LOOK 4 – FOE Gallery, Northampton, Mass. (2014)
Oya Festival – Oslo, Norway (2009)
Beans And Screens – Durham, NC (2008)
Art or Advertisement? – Charleston, SC (2007)
YINZ GOT POSTERS – Pittsburgh, PA (2007)
Graphic Noise – Museum of Design, Atlanta (2005)

Updated 11/2019