Tom Pappalardo

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Tom Pappalardo
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Born Thomas Pappalardo
Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Singer-songwriter, musician, cartoonist, graphic designer, writer
Years active 1991 – present
Musical career
Genres Alternative country, rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar

Tom Pappalardo (born 1973) is a Northampton, Massachusetts graphic designer, cartoonist, illustrator, and musician. His 1996 comic "Alec Dear" (illustrated by Matt Smith) received a Xeric grant. He publishes the weekly comic strip The Optimist in the The Valley Advocate and online, and is working on a graphic novel, Broken Lines[1] (2007–present). He is the singer/guitarist of the guitar-drum duo The Demographic, with R. Sturgis Cunningham of MC Frontalot.


  • Alec Dear (writer, 1996)
  • Through The Wood, Beneath the Moon (writer, 1998)
  • Failure, Incompetence (2005)
  • Famous Fighters (with Matt Smith, 2005)
  • Even Lions Will Fear You: Two Years of Whiskey! Tango! Foxtrot! (2009)
  • OPT10 (2010)
  • OPT11 (2011)
  • Everything You Didn't Ask For (2014)


  • Basement Make-Out Party (1999, The No-Shadow Kick)
  • The Promo EP (2001, The No-Shadow Kick)
  • Spatializing Sound In The Time Domain (2005, The No-Shadow Kick)
  • Verse Chorus Curse (2011, The Demographic)
  • Listen Close (2013, The Demographic)


  1. ^ Interview: Tom Pappalardo the face behind Standard Design, author of Broken Lines

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