From the mind of Tom Beland

Creator of True Story Swear to God

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


It was exactly, to this day, ten years since I met the love of my life at a bus stop in Disneyworld. I remember being so tired from walking the park all day long and not wanting to go see Stevie Wonder so I could get some sleep. But it was Stevie Wonder and how often do you get the chance to see someone of that magnitude live? For free?

So that's when I met her. When I walked to the bus stop to go see the concert. I go through about billion scenarios where I don't go to the concert and never meet her. Each version means I'm not the person I am today and that saddens me. It was such a rare instance where you meet someone who becomes life-changing. I was very fortunate.

Happy Anniversary babe. Here's to many many more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I wrote the back story, with artwork by Kano! It was fun to do and I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, April 7, 2008

I'm just saying...

When someone like Matt Groening holds your book up and poses with it... you HAVE TO USE IT.

Even if this doesn't result in massive sales, it's just the coolest fucking thing in the world to show people. So... there.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


This is a photo from my prom night in 1980. I'm standing next to my sister, Susan... and, no, she wasn't my date. Stacie Henderson was my date. She kept telling her friends how great Tom was. Then, as I stood on her porch step to pick her up for the big night, she told me that Tom was cool if we stayed out late.

It turned out that "Tom" was her boyfriend. A fact she never shared with me. And... yep... it sucked. The theme was "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. I stopped believing in Stacy before we walked from her porch to the car. Dropped her off at home at 11pm. On the nose.

Sighhh.... so many years ago. Check out that hair. I wasn't a jock, but I can tell you this... I was, without a doubt, the greatest dancer in Napa High. Patti Wilson liked to dance with me... and if you knew Patti Wilson, you'd be impressed.

Anyhoo... just thought I'd post this. The old photos have been fun to look at.