|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2010)|
Modern Toss is the creation of British comedy writers and cartoonists Jon Link and Mick Bunnage. Renowned for their scurrilous humour and highly stylised animation, it was created in 2004, initially as a website publishing single panel jokes and then as series of irregularly released comics. To date there have been seven comics, with the early ones now highly collectable (especially the second, with its free sample of royal hair). The first four comics were republished as two books by Macmillan and two TV series were produced for Channel 4 and distributed worldwide by Fremantle Media.
Prior to starting Modern Toss, Jon Link and Mick Bunnage were on the original launch team for Loaded magazine, where they developed their first joint cartoon strip 'Office Pest'.
Comics and books 
Since 2004, seven issues of Modern Toss have been published as comics plus one Christmas Special in 2007. Only Issues 5 to 7 are still in print and some of the early editions are now highly collectable.
The early editions of the comics were part funded by advance subscriptions of enthusiasts who discovered Modern Toss cartoons on the web and eventually became the ‘Friends of Modern Toss’ – always credited on the final page each of the comics.
The first two issues of the comic were compiled into a book, Modern Toss, published by Macmillan. in 2004 (now out of print) and Simon & Schuster in the US (2006). Modern Toss: Another Book was compiled from comic issues three and four and was also published by Macmillan in 2007. Macmillan went on to publish three further books: The Modern Toss Guide to Work (2007), Modern Toss Christmas Special (2008) which is now out of print and Home-Clubber – ‘All You Can Eat’ (2009) drawn from the long running strip in the The Guardian Guide; Home-Clubber is also out of print.
Alongside publishing the comics Modern Toss have self-published three books – Collected Thoughts by Drive-By Abuser (2009), a hand-stitched collection of comic verse from their character famed for his half-baked musings; More Work (2010) a compilation of the Work cartoons produced subsequent to the release of The Modern Toss Guide to Work ; and Desperate Business (2012) which drew on the long running series of strips in the satirical publication Private Eye.
Channel 4 commissioned Modern Toss to produce a half-hour Comedy Lab entitled Modern Toss IMDb, which was broadcast in May 2005. Channel 4 subsequently commissioned a Series, which was broadcast from 11 July 2006 4OD info, Channel 4 broadcast a partly animated late-night television series closely based on the published cartoons. It includes live action, animation, and cartoons combining the two. The show has a voice cast that includes Mackenzie Crook, Doon Mackichan, Paul Kaye and Simon Greenall. The animated segments maintain the simplistic look of the books.
The live-action sketches ("I live ere", "Alan", "Drive by abuser", "Customer services", "Accident and emergency", "Citizens advice", "Illegal alphabet") were directed by Ben Wheatley. The animation was directed by Bunnage and Link, series one animation was produced by 12Foot6, series two by Spy Pictures.
Beginning on 4 May 2007 the show aired on Bravo in the UK as part of the adult swim block.
The first series was released on Region 2 DVD in November 2007, while a second series started on Channel 4 on 23 January 2008. The Region 2 DVD of the second series was released in Spring 2008.
There is also a range of Modern Toss merchandise, including T-shirts, soft toys,DVDs, books, comics, magnets, posters and art prints.
The Daily Toss: Your Daily Serving of Modern Toss is an iPhone and iPad app developed by Modern Toss and Aimer Media. Cartoons from the Modern Toss archive are presented in a dated sequence in seasonal batches. An earlier app The Pocket Shouter was a soundboard iPhone app featuring the Drive-by abuser. It first appeared in 2009 but as of March 2011 is no longer available. A new version is planned for Summer 2011. The Periodic Table of Swearing is also set to be released as an app sometime in 2011
Recurring cartoons 
Though some of them are one-off, most of the cartoons follow recurring themes (or in a few cases loosely sequential stories). The following all appear in the publications and many also in the television series:
- Mr Tourette: a French sign-writer who produces offensive signs bearing no relation to his customers' instructions. This usually culminates in his customer being totally unhappy with the work and Mr Tourette calling them "some kind of cunt"
- Alan: a sociopathic, scribble-like creature who plays extreme practical jokes on his middle-class brother-in-law, usually involving Alan turning up uninvited to a social event, causing a large amount of destruction to the tune of "I Like To Move It" by Reel 2 Real before running away, leaving his brother-in-law to shout "Come back, Alan, you wanker!"
- Prince Edward, Royal Entrepreneur: the prince tries to make money out of anything associated with the Royal family, no matter how tasteless
- Cheese and Wine: satire of boring 'small talk' made at parties, such as 'I hear Peter's new business is in trouble' meeting with the reply 'Peter's a cunt'
- Citizens Advice: irate and often illogical complaints from members of the public about goods, services and employers, usually concluding with the question "where do I stand legally?"
- Work: conversations with disgruntled or complacent employees; for example, a man phones in from home, saying, "I've heard the printer's broken so I won't be coming in"
- 999: emergency phone calls from people in bizarre situations
- Emergency services: people with bizarre health complaints
- Daytrippers: two men discuss plans for various violent outings
- Planet chat: everyday conversations between celestial bodies
- Space argument: astronauts arguing on the moon
- I live 'ere: a farmer who recounts his violent assaults on members of the public
- Drive-by abuser: a man on a moped who shouts pointless insults at people, animals or inanimate objects he drives past. Typical examples include:
- "You're a traffic light, yeh? Changing colours, yeh? Yeh, fucking looks like it an' all"
- "Well good luck to ya, 'cause I wouldn't have the fucking nerve"
- "Why not though eh? It's your life innit?"
- "See ya around, yeah?"
- Fly talk: conversations between flies about humans they've encountered, sometimes mentioning celebrities including Chris Martin and 50 Cent..
- Home clubber: provides a panel of insight into the latest exploit of an amoral entrepreneur. These cartoons appear weekly in the "Guide" section of the Guardian
- Weekend: tedious domestic conversations
- Medieval Kneval: exploits of a medieval stuntman
- Peanut: the saga of a disbanded pop group and their manager
- Park: dog excrement related events in a park
- Dogkiller: novel methods of luring dogs to their death
- And what do you think?: vox pop interviews
- Customer Services: Customers returning purchased items to shops with absurd complaints about the item's quality, i.e.: "This CD I bought off you, made me kill someone!" Or: "This kitchen I bought off you, gave me manic depression!"
The following recurring cartoons are in the television version only:
- Gnat burglar: a giant gnat which sucks the entire contents out of things and injects it into other things
- Underground wolf gobbler: a giant semi-human monster that pops up out of the ground and eats things, bears a passing resemblance to Rupert Murdoch (Actually editor Rob Hill's Dad Bob)
- Peace & quiet: a man who seeks peace and quiet in his garden, but is plagued by noise from neighbours and others nearby
- Barney: a man who periodically turns into a red Incredible Hulk-like monster at the mention of Alan Titchmarsh & during everyday minor fustrations, and causes destruction in a mad rage, followed by embarrassment at what he has done
- Illegal Alphabet: a large number of human-sized letters that congregate in a field to form rude words (including bizarre portmanteaus such as "pipecock"); they are then ambushed by police. These scenes end with a BBC Radio 4-style voiceover announcing e.g. "That was Illegal Alphabet in 'unsanctioned piss meeting' followed by 'unauthorised shitcasket'"
- Sneezeman: a little man with a huge nose who is propelled backwards at great speed when he sneezes, usually hurting himself and destroying property
- Seawalker: this has only appeared once so far in the television series — a man with very long legs walks out of the sea onto the beach, whereupon his legs are severed by people playing frisbee
Mr Tourette and Alan appear on the covers of Modern Toss booklets and books and on merchandise.
Tag Lines 
- "Modern Toss - the stink of excellence in a world gone tits up!"
- "Modern Toss. Watching a TV program yeah? Looks like it an' all!" both delivered by a female voiceover (Doon Mackichan)
Kickers sponsored series 
Modern Toss writers Mick Bunnage and Jon Link have partnered with shoe company Kickers in 2009 to present Random Bandits, a suite of cartoons in the style of other Modern Toss productions. They have developed 3 strands of film themes which appear as short skits in each of the episodes that make up the Kickers presents Random Bandits series. The films feature voiceovers by comedy actor Mackenzie Crook.
All 5 films in the Random Bandits series are now launched and can be viewed on the Kickers MySpace.