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Toby Morris


Toby Morris is an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist and art director known for the successful non-fiction comic series The Side Eye on the Spinoff and The Pencilsword on RNZ. With Toby Manhire, he is half of the Toby & Toby duo.
He has written several children's books including Capsicum, Capsi Go, The Day The Costumes Stuck, Don’t Puke On Your Dad and the graphic novel Te Tiriti O Waitangi and developed artwork for musicians including The Beths, Beastwars, Neil and Liam Finn, Ladyhawke and Phoenix Foundation, and diverse brands including Allbirds, L&P, Good George - even the Edmonds Baking Powder box! In 2020, his Covid-19 collaborations with Dr Siouxsie Wiles were shared around the world and he won Cartoonist of the Year at the New Zealand Media Awards.

Books by Toby Morris

Dad Man Walking

The ups and downs of dad life, as drawn by award-winning cartoonist Toby Morris.

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Locked Down

Jesse O's award-winning novel about a deadly pandemic and a family in lockdown, rereleased with all new illustrations by Toby Morris.

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The Spinoff Book

New and exclusive writing plus the very best of the past 5 years from the award-winning The Spinoff, New Zealand's hilarious, original, must-read media website.

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