Tom Johnston became known as the “Punk Cartoonist” through his work in the iconic music paper ‘Sounds’, though he says he was never a Punk, and from this he went on to do the cartoons for the first music column in a national newspaper, the ‘Ad Lib’ column in the London Evening Standard.
In 1985 Standard editor, John Leese, asked him to also provide Political Cartoons for the paper, which led him to become the Political Cartoonist for: ‘The Sun’, ‘The People’, ‘The News Of The World’ and ‘The Mirror’. At one point he was the regular Cartoonist for four different newspapers.
He has been nominated for ‘Cartoonist of the Year’ three times. His original drawings are owned by the Queen, Prince William, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Richard Branson, David Bowie, Samuel Beckett, Charles Bronson and many other people of merit… also politicians.