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15th October 2015, 9:26am
YouTube sensation TomSka reveals first comic book
TomSka book Art is Dead, illustrated by Matt Ley YouTube sensation TomSka will talk about making the move from film to print after penning a comic book based on tales from his popular online channel.

University of Lincoln graduate Thomas 'TomSka' Ridgewell, whose series of short asdf films have been viewed more than 300 million times, will give a 30 minute talk about the official asdfmovie book ART IS DEAD, followed by a book signing. The book’s illustrator, Matt Ley will also be there to answer questions, mingle, and doodle.

People will be able to purchase copies of the book from booksellers Waterstones at the event, which takes at 6pm on Friday 30th October 2015 on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus.

The first short film which inspired the book was uploaded to YouTube in 2008, and spawned eight sequels. The new comic features much-loved characters from the series as well as brand-new material which takes on themes ranging from trains and potatoes to more edgy and explicit material such as jokes about death and destruction and "things talking that don’t normally talk".

Dr Sarah Barrow, Head of the School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln, said: "As one of our talented graduates, Tom has been an inspiration to so many young people who are aiming to become part of the new generation of creative media practitioners. We're delighted to welcome him back to Lincoln for this special event."

Tom graduated with a BA (Hons) Media Production from the University’s School of Film and Media in 2011. Since graduating, Tom has grown a global following of more than three million subscribers on his YouTube channel, with his irreverent sketches, cartoons and short films amassing more than half a billion views.

In 2013, he featured on the cover of Wired magazine as part of a feature on "How YouTube Reinvented the Entertainment Business", and was selected by YouTube as a guest host for its successful Geek Week series.

He was also one of three Lincoln graduates to be hand-picked as part of a new breed of youth presenter for BBC Radio 1 in September 2014, taking his video blogging – or vlogging – skills to the next level. Tom’s new book costs £9.99 and can be purchased from Waterstones.

TomSka can be found on YouTube at:, on Twitter at @thetomska, and on Facebook

This is a joint event between the University of Lincoln and Waterstones. Tickets can be booked online at the University of Lincoln by clicking here or through Waterstones by clicking here.

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