SAW Projects

We at SAW are happy to help non-profits, public agencies, etc. help get their message across. Contact us if you’d like help with your story.

SAW will enliven your message with bold ideas and powerful visuals. We’ve worked for DARPA, UF, the Gainesville CRA and our faculty have worked for D&D, the US Treasury, DC Comics and many many more.

When we do client work, we do it with an eye towards showing our students how professional work is done from beginning to end. They see us struggling with the message, with the form, with the execution from soup to nuts. It’s a part of the learning experience at SAW.

Recent projects:

Conservation Initiative For the Asian Elephant

Justine Mara Andersen made this elegant and beautiful animation for the Conservation Initiative For the Asian Elephant in 2016.


Gainesville CRA 2014 Annual Report
Process images at Flickr
Most folks weren’t exactly clamoring to read up on public infrastructure projects, so the CRA turned to SAW for comic strips to illustrate our 2014 year-in-review. Styled in the spirit of a historic “Sunday Funnies” newspaper, you’ll find anecdotes about everything from Downtown plaza renovations to landscape architecture.

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Justine Andersen created this video for the Institutional Repository at UF. What’s that? Click and see!


Taking Charge

For UF Health, artist Leela Corman and designer Tom Hart created this info book for teenagers with artificial hearts.
Shands Freedom Driver Book
Shands Freedom Driver Book

PDF to book coming soon.

The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan

This book is a retelling of The Odyssey for veterans of our current wars. Written by Bryan Doerries, who has produced hundreds of plays about war and PTSD for veterans, this book was co-edited by Tom Hart of SAW, and lettered by SAW graduate Sally Cantirino who also colored a section of it. Star artist Justine Mara Andersen drew 17 pages, one of which is below. This book is still in production.Odyssey JMA Page 1

You can read more about Justine’s contributions here: and here:


Cease the Grease

This animation for Dallas Public Works, written, produced and with sound design by Marty Abrahams was animated by Tom Hart with character animation by Jim Petropolous. 


$20 Bill

Tom Hart, with the team at Marsteller in New York, created many marketing materials including games and interactive videos for The United States Treasury with the relaunch of their $20 and $50. See some of that in the reel, below


Our animation reel:




We also publish books of our teaching or of value to the medium.


How To Say Everything
Tom Hart’s 200-page treatise on coming up with ideas, on working from your personal obsessions and images and ideas to create meaningful comics. Full of essays and more than 50 exercises. This book is IN PROGRESS (about 90%-95% finished.)

Buy the hardcopy here in progress here:

Saw Comic Strip Guide

SAW Strip Book CoverThis is the book you need if you have any interest in making good comic strips.A 83-page book on the comic strip from “What size do I draw?” to conceiving ideas to drawing and inking and coloring. PAPERBACK, 7.95 or PDF, 3.99:Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
EPUB for IPad and other readers: coming as soon as we get the bugs worked out

She’s Not Into Poetry

SAW Strip Book Cover

PAPERBACK, 16.95 or PDF, 4.99:Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
EPUB for IPad and other readers: coming as soon as we get the bugs worked out
A 272-page collection of Tom Hart’s celebrated mini-comics from the early and mid-90s. Including Love Looks Left, The Angry Criminal, Maria, New Hat, Mañana, Heike and more. Described by Tom Spurgeon as “As good a sustained output in mini-comics by anyone not named John Porcellino” and hailed by John Porcellino as “Some of my favorite comics of the 1990s.” Don’t miss these personal, strange and hilarious comics.