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.

Politics
Oct 18, 2020

Election night in 10 drawings

Last night Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris sat down in the office with a ipad, two slices of pizza and a brief to provide live-ish election night coverage via the medium of drawing.

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The Side Eye
Oct 16, 2020

The Side Eye: How to draw Winston Peters

A brief illustrated history of 45 years in the political life of Winston Peters NZ politician.

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The Side Eye
Oct 9, 2020

The Side Eye: How to draw Marama Davidson and James Shaw

Each week in the lead-up to the election, The Side Eye cartoonist Toby Morris is teaching us how to draw a different politician. This week, it’s the Green Party co-leaders.

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The Side Eye
Sep 25, 2020

The Side Eye: How to draw David Seymour

Each week in the lead-up to the election, Toby Morris is going to teach us how to draw a different NZ politician. This week, it’s the leader of the Act Party.

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The Side Eye
Sep 18, 2020

The Side Eye: How to draw Judith Collins

Each week in the lead-up to the election, The Side Eye cartoonist Toby Morris is going to teach us how to draw a different New Zealand politician. This week, it's the leader of the opposition.

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The Side Eye
Sep 11, 2020

The Side Eye: How to draw Jacinda Ardern

Each week in the lead-up to the election, cartoonist Toby Morris is going to teach us how to draw a different New Zealand politician. First up, it's the prime minister.

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Books
Aug 26, 2020

Toby Morris and his kids review a cool new comic

The filmmaker behind Black Sheep and Under the Mountain turns his hand to graphic novels.

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The Side Eye
Aug 24, 2020

The Side Eye: Weed versus Booze

On October 17 NZ will decide whether cannabis should be legalised and regulated. Toby Morris compares and contrasts weed with another popular drug: alcohol.

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Politics
Jul 29, 2020

Font, tick, face, tick: The great 2020 election hoardings design review

This year's election signage goes big on bold colours and simple messaging, writes Spinoff creative director Toby Morris.

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The Side Eye
Jul 10, 2020

The Side Eye: In the studio with The Beths

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris spent a session in the recording studio with The Beths and got an intimate view of the beloved band at work.

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The Side Eye
Jun 8, 2020

The Side Eye: The tunnel, the lights

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris travels to Waitomo to see first hand the impact of Covid-19 on one of New Zealand's oldest tourist destinations.

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Society
May 1, 2020

The Side Eye: Essential

Toby Morris reconnects with Tasia, essential worker.

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The Side Eye
Mar 25, 2020

The Side Eye: Viruses vs Everyone

Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris, with help from Dr Siouxsie Wiles, looks at the coronavirus up close. And from a long way away.

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The Side Eye
Mar 6, 2020

The Side Eye: The high price of bad teeth

We've all got teeth, so why can only some of us afford to look after them?

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Parents
Mar 1, 2020

Dad Man Walking: A new illustrated column on fatherhood

Illustrator and writer Toby Morris on the dad life.

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CPAG
Jan 30, 2020

Fairer Future: Fixing Poverty in Aotearoa

We built it up, we tore it down. What can we learn from the history of our welfare system?

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The Side Eye
Dec 19, 2019

The Side Eye: Bugged Out

This time 20 years ago, New Zealand was preparing for apocalypse. The Side Eye looks back at the Y2K bug phenomenon 20 years later and asks if it was all a scam.

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Dec 4, 2019

Excuse me, HOW many chickens just died on one farm in a powercut?

A power failure at a Helensville farm on Saturday killed around 190,000 chickens. If you’re trying to picture that many dead chickens, on one day, on one farm then scroll down. And keep scrolling.

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The Side Eye
Nov 27, 2019

The Side Eye: The Trap Life

Skwaaak! Toby Morris meets the community trapping groups changing Wellington's sky.

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Books
Nov 9, 2019

Where’s Winnie? Who’s who on the Spinoff Book cover (and why)

See how many you can identify, then read Toby Morris explain who these people are, why they're there and which was the biggest bitch to draw.

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Books
Nov 2, 2019

Terry Teo is the great New Zealand comic

Growing up, Toby Morris rarely saw the New Zealand he knew in comics – until he discovered Terry Teo

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Spend My Super
Oct 2, 2019

The Good Life: How superannuants can change NZ’s inequality story

Toby Morris looks into the history of inequality in New Zealand – and how a charity is asking our most fortunate generation to help.

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Gaming
Sep 28, 2019

Honk if you feel good: The Spinoff reviews Untitled Goose Game

Toby Morris plays the lo-fi avian puzzle game that's taken over the internet.

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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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