Tom Fishburne started drawing cartoons on the backs of business cases as a Harvard Business School student.
From an emailed cartoon to coworkers in 2002, Tom’s Marketoonist series has grown by word of mouth to reach a few hundred thousand marketers every week and his cartoons have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and The New York Times. His cartoons have appeared on a billboard ad in Times Square, helped win a Guinness World Record, and turned up in a top-secret NSA presentation released by Edward Snowden.
Tom recently spoke at the TED headquarters in New York on “The Power of Laughing at Ourselves“. He is a frequent keynote speaker on innovation, marketing and creativity, using cartoons, case studies, and his marketing career to tell the story visually. The Huffington Post ranked his South-By-Southwest (SXSW) talk the third best of the conference out of 500.
Tom is the founder of Marketoonist, a marketing agency focused on the unique medium of cartoons. Since 2010, they’ve developed marketing campaigns for businesses such as Google, IBM, LinkedIn, and Kronos.
Tom is the author of “Your Ad Ignored Here: Cartoons from 15 Years of Marketing, Business, and Doodling in Meetings.”
Tom draws (literally and figuratively) from 20 years in the marketing trenches in the US and Europe. He was Interim Chief Marketing Officer at HotelTonight, Managing Director for International at Method Products, and worked in brand management for Nestle and General Mills. Tom developed web sites for interactive agency iXL and started his marketing career selling advertising for the first English-language magazine in Prague.
Marketoonist is expanding with a variety of cartoonists from the New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and nationally syndicated strips. Marketoon Studios taps the talent pool of the world's cartoonists for brands that need storytelling.
Susan Camilleri Konar
Animation + Cartooning