The scurrilous, global cult comic Modern Toss is the work of Jon Link and Mick Bunnage. As writers, cartoonists, and animators they’ve taken Modern Toss in many different directions- from challenging late night television to cutting edge advertising, and from international design magazines to greeting card racks.
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 broadcasted in the U.S. in 2009.
Later that year they wrote, designed, and directed a highly acclaimed animation short- ‘Work Experience’- based on cartoons they drew regularly for the Guardian newspaper.
They have done commercial work for Kickers, Whistles, and the ICA, amongst others. Their most recent TV project, Chaos Laboratories, was a live action, sci-fi comedy starring Paul Kaye and Simon Day- for BBC Online Comedy.
They 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. This summer Modern Toss returned to Latitude Festival, where the Modern Toss Activity Tent was a major highlight of the festival, featuring a four-legged, interactive Periodic Table of Swearing, a Portrait Booth, and live Work cartoon.
Modern Toss began as a series of irregularly released comics, so far there have been seven, with early ones now highly collectable (especially the second, with its free sample of royal hair). Following the launch of the 1st comic, Modern Toss was approached by Macmillan publishers and both issue 1 and 2 , and 3 and 4 of the comics are now available as books, alongside the blockbuster ‘Work Book’. One of their most popular characters, Home Clubber, has his very own hard back; ‘All You Can Eat of Homeclubber’, as well as appearing weekly in the Saturday Guardian. A top notch slim volume of verse by the ‘Drive By Abuser’ is available too.
Last October, they launched a second ‘More Work Book’, published themselves. On top of all this there is also ‘Desperate Business’, a series of cartoons that appear regularly in Private Eye. This October their work will be exhibited at the V&A as part of Private Eye’s 50th birthday celebration.