Who the fuck are Modern Toss?
It's over ten years since Modern Toss released their first comic, financed by advance orders from fans. It was to be the first in a series of nine, so far (number ten is on its way for 2017). The early ones are now highly collectable - especially Issue 2, with its free sample of royal hair. Issues 1 to 4 of the comic have been released as books by Macmillan, along with the blockbuster ‘Work' book and ‘All You Can Eat of Home-clubber’. A top notch, limited edition slim volume of verse by the ‘Drive By Abuser’ was also released. They have also published ‘More Work’, 'Best of Work' and ‘Desperate Business' - a series of recession-inspired cartoons for Private Eye, one of which is now part of the permanent collection at the V&A. In 2016 they burst into the colouring book scene with two satirical adult colouring books, 'The Working Day' and Mindless Violence', to great acclaim. Two more colouring titles, 'The Weekend' and 'Mindlessness' were launched n May 2017.
Their first TV series, broadcast on Channel 4 in 2006, was a ground-breaking mix of blunt-talking, animated characters with bizarre and surreal live action. Described as ‘badly drawn, utterly foul-mouthed, mean spirited and misanthropic…also very, very funny” by the Independent on Sunday, the series won unanimous critical praise and was nominated for a Rose D’Or award in 2009.
Their second series was snapped up and broadcast in the U.S. in 2009. Acclaimed sitcom 'Work Experience' was broadcast on E4 and in 2011 and 'Chaos Laboratories', a live action, sci-fi themed animation (with Paul Kaye and Simon Day) was also commissioned by BBC Online. The brilliant 'Business Mouse' cartoon went out on Channel 4 in August 2012 and picked up a Royal Television Society Award. The animated medieval spoof 'Robin of Essex' also debuted in 2012 with Channel 4 online. Later that year Channel Four commissioned five promos for their Funny Fortnight. Modern Toss have had three exhibitions at Brighton’s Ink_d gallery, during which the highly collectable ‘Buy More Shit Or We’re All Fucked ‘ plastic bag, part of their inspired ‘Improperganda’ range, became the shopper’s favourite.
A celebration of their artwork took place in London’s Maverick Gallery in June 2010, where their startlingly innovative ‘Periodic Table of Swearing’ print became an international phenomenon. Since then it has been re-imagined as an actual table, which was exhibited at Latitude festival, along with the Portrait Booth in 2011. Modern Toss returned to Somerset House Pick Me Up Design Festival in April 2012 and created the world’s longest cartoon strip with the word ‘fuck’ in it - the ‘F***yeux Tapestry’.
In May 2014 The F***yeux 2 Tapestry was produced at sellout live events in London’s Horniman Museum and Coventry’s Herbert Gallery as part of the Museums at Night festival. In 2014 a Kickstarter campaign helped to produce their 10th anniversary collection, ‘A Decade in the Shithouse’ - a monolithic retrospective of the Toss story so far which has been described by The Sunday Times Style Magazine as "the best book ever". In 2015 the epic short animation 'The Lady and the Fly' was shown on BBC iPlayer on Valentine's Day, closely followed by 'Orchestral Disturbance' and 'How I Survived University'.
"Badly drawn, utterly foul-mouthed, mean spirited and misanthropic... also very, very funny." The Independent on Sunday
"Modern Toss is the Bach of comedy." The Daily Telegraph
"Takes you to areas of the brain seldom visited." The Times
"A pure-gold anarchist's doodle pad with a rare quality - an imagination all its own." The Metro
"Barely serviceable drawings." The Guide