If you’ve ever found yourself thinking, boy, it sure would be swell if they turned that Futurism Cartoons Instagram into one of those old-fashioned paper book thingies like you see in old movies, we’ve got some really good news for you. It’s happening. This fall, Running Press, a division a Hachette Book Group, is publishing Cartoons from Tomorrow: A Futuristic Comic Collection. Written by Luke Kingma and illustrated by Lou Patrick Mackay, the book will feature 125 single-panel comics, including 80 all-new cartoons that haven’t been published. And best of all, the book is now available for pre-order.
For those who don’t already follow the comic series, it was created by Kingma and Mackay back in 2017. It takes a satirical and often absurdist look at humanity’s evolving relationship with science and technology, offering half-serious predictions about what the future might look like that. At the same time, it makes poignant observations about some of the coolest and most terrifying things happening in our world today.
The cartoons cover a wide variety of topics including artificial intelligence, robot ethics, technology addition, alien life, environmental degradation, and space colonization. And yes, sometimes things get political.
As English writer G.K. Chesterton once observed, the truth can be told either in long sentences or short jokes. Cartoons from Tomorrow opts for the latter, using humor to explore truths involving science and technology and their role in both our present and future society.
“Science fiction plays an enormous role in shaping public understanding and sentiment around emerging technology,” Kingma explains. “With Futurism Cartoons, we wanted to go even deeper. We wanted those conversations to happen every day, not every 1-2 years. We also wanted to break out of the habit of asking, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ Technology can be good. It can also be weird. Those stories aren’t really being told.”
Cartoons from Tomorrow takes everything people love about the Futurism Cartoons Instagram and puts it into an old-fashioned format. In the process, the cartoons are transformed and elevated from mere “content” to actual ideas, which in turn alters the way they are perceived.
The book is already getting high praise.
"Clever and clear, Cartoons from Tomorrow visits everything from humanoid super robots to parallel and virtual realities, but humanity still dates and shops and sings karaoke. This is tomorrow through the eyes of today."―Amy Kurzweil, cartoonist for The New Yorker
"Wry and often ingenious, it's like Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal meets The New Yorker. But watch out-there are glimmers of that dangerous substance: hope."―David Brin, Futurist/scientist/best-selling author
"The future isn't what it used to be. But if we can't have flying cars and moon colonies, at least we can get some laughs, courtesy of this fine collection of cartoons that shine a light on the technological and social absurdities of our fallen age."―Zack Stentz, writer for Thor and X-Men: First Class
Cartoons from Tomorrow: A Futuristic Comic Collection is set for release nationwide on September 17, 2019, in paperback and e-book formats. However, you can click here to pre-order your copy, today.