Toby Morris

Toby Morris is a Auckland based illustrator, comic artist and writer. He is the author of The Spinoff's non-fiction comic series The Side Eye and half of the Toby & Toby duo. He recently published the children's books Capsicum, Capsi Go and The Day The Costumes Stuck.

Local Elections
Sep 8, 2019

Face, name, tick: An analysis of NZ's good, bad, and very bad election hoardings

This year's crop of local election signs range from the inspired to the utterly terrifying. Professional illustrator Toby Morris delivers his analysis of the best and worst designs.

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The Side Eye
Sep 1, 2019

The Side Eye: Who's the man?

Toby Morris looks into shopping bags, fatherhood and what being a man means in 2019.

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The Side Eye
Jul 31, 2019

The Side Eye: The Bottles – a story about nostalgia and dog poo

Toby Morris gazes back to a time where almost every NZ yard had a plastic bottle full of water in the middle of it.

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Music
Jun 28, 2019

Beastwears: A tribute to NZ’s best metal band, back from the dead

Ahead of their new album release, Toby Morris wore a different Beastwars t-shirt every day. He reflects upon his week and the entire Beastwars catalogue.

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The Side Eye
Jun 28, 2019

The Side Eye: The receiving end

How many more times likely is a Māori person to have a police dog used against them? Twice as likely? Three times? Ten times? Toby Morris talks to Julia Whaipooti about Māori over-representation in the justice system.

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The Side Eye
May 31, 2019

The Side Eye: To Emily, re abortion

Unsure if he's the right person to write about abortion, Toby Morris seeks advice from Spinoff Parents editor and writer Emily Writes. Emily has some strong thoughts.

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Media
Apr 11, 2019

10 New Zealand cartoonists you can read instead of Alex or Tremain

With the Herald ditching its daily strip, there's a glimmer of hope that our moribund newspaper cartooning scene might be set for some new blood. Toby Morris has 10 suggestions for cartoonists to consider.

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The Side Eye
Apr 2, 2019

The Side Eye: Who sets up the speakers?

Sohail Din of the University of Auckland's Muslim Student Association talks to Toby Morris about Friday prayers and life after the Christchurch terrorist attacks for Muslim New Zealanders.

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Society
Mar 18, 2019

This is us

Terrorist attacks tore through the Muslim community in Christchurch, and exposed ugly truths about New Zealand

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The Side Eye
Feb 28, 2019

The Side Eye: Six out of Ten

The Kiwi way of life is six out of ten. Toby Morris is over it.

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The Side Eye
Feb 4, 2019

The Side Eye: The Chase

Thirteen teenagers have died in police pursuits in New Zealand in the last three years. Toby Morris investigates a possible solution not that far from home.

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Music
Jan 29, 2019

Laneway in pictures: An illustrated review by Toby Morris

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris spends a day in Albert Park for Laneway 2019.

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The Side Eye
Dec 24, 2018

The Side Eye: The Perfect Spot

We asked you where your perfect spot on beach is, and you told us. Hundreds of you. Using the magic of comics and a deep desire to be asleep on the sand, Toby Morris has brought that imaginary beach to life.

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The Side Eye
Dec 3, 2018

The Side Eye: Everything to Everyone – understanding the teacher crisis

The job's got harder, the pay's got worse. Toby Morris spends a day with two primary teachers and finds out what the teaching crisis is all about.

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The Side Eye
Oct 31, 2018

The Side Eye: The Truth is Dead

Conspiracies, fake news and alternative facts: sometimes it's all a bit too much to handle. Toby Morris asks where we draw the line between accepting other's beliefs and calling out bullshit in the post-truth age.

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The Side Eye
Oct 11, 2018

The Side Eye: Drug Zealand

New Zealand has been talking a lot about 'kindness' in drug policy. But how far will we be brave enough to take that idea? Toby Morris takes a look at what decriminalisation might look like in NZ.

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Society
Aug 31, 2018

The Side Eye: Humanoid Language Week

It's that time again: Humanoid Language Week. Is Human a dying language? Do humans have it too easy?

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Society
Aug 14, 2018

Who’d win in a fight: Burger King, Liquor King, Salmon King or Storage King?

Writer and illustrator Toby Morris finally answers a question that's been keeping him up at night.

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Society
Aug 4, 2018

I saw John Minto at the fish and chip shop

The ghosts of the 1981 Springbok Tour still haunt Auckland's inner-suburb streets.

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Society
Jul 31, 2018

The Side Eye: Inequality Tower 2018

Imagine all the wealth in NZ as a ten-storey apartment building. Imagine half of NZ crammed in a tiny corner of the bottom floor.

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Music
Jul 6, 2018

Turn it up, Eden: the Yimby case for concerts at Eden Park

It might have Helen Clark up in arms, but Eden Park neighbour Toby Morris can't see the problem with live music at the stadium.

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Society
Jul 2, 2018

The Side Eye: ‘Tough on Crime’ is Dead

Why the mindless approach to criminal justice must end.

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Media
Jun 19, 2018

Who Drew That? The true story of the Peach Teats calf

The Peach Teats billboard is a legitimate cult classic. Toby Morris meets the artist responsible for State Highway 1's favourite cheeky calf.

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Politics
Jun 12, 2018

The Singapore swing: the Kim-Trump summit status in real-time

The Spinoff geopolitical-science panel is assessing the progress of the historic talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his American counterpart, President Donald Trump, as it happens

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Media
May 25, 2018

The Side Eye: Kings and Commoners

Two Auckland schools went into lockdown recently, so why did one dominate the coverage? The Side Eye looks into the way King's College and Ōtāhuhu College featured in reporting.

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Society
May 11, 2018

Five people to avoid sitting next to on public transport

Toby Morris sizes up the lord guardian of the extra seat, and other passengers we love to hate.

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