Short Reports: Anthony Cudahy vs. The Phantom Tollbooth.

September 28, 2010 at 11:07 am 6 comments

Who are you and what do you do?

Howdy, my name is Anthony Cudahy and I’m an illustration student in Brooklyn currently. I just returned North after a cross-country roadtrip that included lots of cave-wandering, UFO hotspot tourist-ing, and Mexican food eating. Other than making drawings, things I enjoy are running and listening to Bob Dylan.

Why did you pick the book you chose?

When I was a little kid, I struggled a lot with reading. I took to learning it at a much slower rate than all of my classmates. This turned around when I found The Phantom Tollbooth. I started reading it and didn’t stop to until I finished the book, whether it was on the bus or staying up late secretly. After that, I did the same with any book I could get my hands on. The Phantom Tollbooth made me an avid and sort of obsessive reader.

The book follows a bored boy named Milo on a journey to a world that is in disorder as the two opposing kingdoms, Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, have imprisoned the twins, Rhyme and Reason. Milo seeks to restore order by freeing them and encounters countless strange sights and characters along the way, becoming a very interested boy.

One of those characters is Alec Bings, who floats in the air as the members of his family grow downwards, starting at their fully grown height. He tells Milo that he too can float if he thinks of things as adults do, but as Milo begins to rise he decides that thinking like a kid isn’t so bad as it’s “not so far to fall.”

Also in the drawing are Milo’s two traveling companions. Tock is a watchdog who is constantly hounding others to stay on time and Humbug is a bee obsessed with spelling correctly.

About these ads

Entry filed under: Short Reports. Tags: , .

Short Reports: Owen Freeman vs. Mary Poppins ‘Rather a handsome pig, I think.’

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan Liu  |  September 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I love the Phantom Tollbooth! I read it as a kid, and then recently read it with my six-year-old, who loved it. I love the art but MUST point out that the Humbug is NOT the Spelling Bee—those are two separate characters, who actually got into an argument with each other! The Humbug is the one who accompanies Milo for the rest of the journey.

  • 2. Anthony  |  September 29, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Oh no! Before I made this, I was skipping around in the book trying to figure out what scene I wanted to illustrate and must’ve made the characters same in my head. Alternate universe version. Thanks for pointing that out though.

  • 3. Anthony  |  September 29, 2010 at 12:29 am

    here’s a version without the bee. since that was really starting to bother me.

  • 4. Anthony  |  September 29, 2010 at 12:33 am

  • 5. melanie  |  October 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm


  • 6. Aaron  |  May 9, 2012 at 8:27 am



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


September 2010
« Aug   Oct »

Most Recent Posts


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 90 other followers

%d bloggers like this: