My name is John W. Tomac. I'm an illustrator from Brooklyn, N.Y. I have had the good fortune of creating great work with wonderful clients like
The Washington Post, Grantland.com,
The Chronicle of Higher Education,
Runner's World, The New York Times, and
Pace Communications to name a few.
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Keeping data safe is more difficult than ever. The threats are bigger and nastier than previously imagined. Increasingly, defenses that were thought to be airtight are looking porous. The current issue of National Underwriter Property & Casualty takes a look at how the insurance industry is evolving to meet this growing threat to businesses and their customers.
Art Direction by Tim Schafer
The World Cup increases the likelihood of art directors signing off on soccer-related images. For National Underwriter Life & Health. Art direction by Mary Schaub.
If you’re flying Southwest Airlines or AirTran in the month of July, I will be your traveling companion. Well not me personally, something I drew for the in-flight magazine.
K-Cups will kill us all!
A quick spot for the current issue of Mother Jones. Art direction by Carolyn Perot.
Since the Supreme Court announced it’s decisions in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor cases, state laws barring same-sex marriage have been overturned around the country. The June issue of Atlanta Magazine features a discussion of these developments with the editor of the ATL-based website Equally Wed . They also take a look at evolving views on the subject in the Peach State. Art direction by Kristin Kellogg.
Now that summer is here, we are once again at the mercy of disease carrying insects. Mother Jones provides some helpful tips on how to protect yourself from awful bug-borne infections like the West Nile virus, Lyme disease, yellow fever and dengue–all of which are on the rise. Basically, the only way to protect yourself is to slather on the DEET. While that sounds easy enough, not all insect repellants are created equal. In fact, bug spray is lightly regulated and man labels feature misleading claims about how effective they are. Read all about it here. Art direction by Carolyn Perot.
Kearny, N.J. a town of roughly 40,000 people, sandwiched between Newark and Jersey City, produced three members of the 1994 U.S. Men’s National Team–John Harkes, Tony Meola and Tab Ramos. In this video, Harkes returns to his hometown and traces its rich soccer tradition from to the arrival of Scottish mill workers in the 19th Century to the present. Watch the whole thing here.
This was an overnight job for Grantland.com. It runs with the monthly TV mailbag. This month, it attempts to answer a question about how old television shows would have been received if the audience had been able to send their opinions, 140 characters at a time, directly to the writers and networks.
Art direction by Juliet Litman.
Building better leaders for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Art direction by Joey Mancuso.
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This appears in the latest issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. David Waltham writes about the need to continue to explore the cosmos. Recent discoveries raise the possibility of a vast, expanding, infinite universe that may be part of an unseen multiverse. Waltham worries that the realization earth is an isolated blue speck which could cause the public may lose interest and force scientists turn inward, limiting space exploration as a means to solving practical problems on earth. That, he argues would be a mistake.
Art direction by Janeen Jones.
We live in a world aglow with wireless devices. These things were supposed to make life easier, but instead tend to keep us plugged in 24/7. The Spring issue of JWM Magazine, the in-room publication of JW Marriott Luxury Hotels, has a handy list of ways to make your virtual life more efficient so that you can re-charge your batteries for a change.
Art direction by Diana Haas of McMurry/TMG.
A quick illo for a Grantland.com feature on a sports agent in China who is trying to lure American-born talent to the Chinese Basketball Association.
Art direction by Juliet Litman.
New work for Grantland.com.
Sometimes the stories you get assigned are a little nuts. This one is about the surprisingly large number if men who get vasectomies in mid-March so they have an excuse to skip work the first two days of the NCAA basketball tournament.
This is the time of year when I try to sneak baseball-related sketches past art directors. They’re usually thrown out by a wide margin.
These were pitched for a story about leadership. Calling your shots on the top. Clear communication on the bottom.