''This Modern World'' is a weekly comic strip/political cartoon by Tom Tomorrow AKA Dan Perkins. Appearing in various [[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers alternative newspapers]] around the US, and online at Daily Kos and The Nation, the strip takes a very ''very'' liberal look at current events. Often stars Sparky, an acerbic sunglass-wearing penguin, and the Very Nice dog Blinky.

Tomorrow has also written a (non-partisan and theoretically non-political) children's book, ''The Very Silly Mayor.''

The strip's official site is [[http://thismodernworld.com/ here]]. The strip is also available [[https://www.dailykos.com/blog/Tom%20Tomorrow/ here]].

!!These Modern Tropes:

* AnimatedAdaptation:
** A WebAnimation during the dot-com boom.
** A second adaptation, to be animated by Creator/FilmRoman, was [[http://deadline.com/2016/10/film-roman-working-on-animated-series-based-on-this-modern-world-1201833138/ announced]] in 2016.
* AuthorAvatar: Sparky, although he sometimes interacts with Tomorrow in-strip as well.
* TheBlank: In one series of strips, one of these runs for president.
* BrainMonster: The titular terror in "[[https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/3/12/1748054/-Cartoon-The-thing-that-ate-America-s-brain The Thing That Ate America's Brain]]" is a tentacled EldritchAbomination that [[EmotionEater feeds on]] the "chaos, anger and turmoil" generated by UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump, who denies colluding with "an ancient [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraftian]] horror that thrives on psychic discord! [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Or]] UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}."
* CoolShades: Sparky's eyewear.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: The comic has bright pastel colors, but the tone is ruthlessly cynical.
* CutAndPasteComic: Tomorrow uses/traces over vintage clipart to create the strip's look.
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud: Donald Trump, in an example that also involves elements of ExplainExplainOhCrap. (The strip is one of several portraying Trump as a parody of Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk, hence the HulkSpeak.)
-->'''UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton''': --And maybe he doesn't pay any taxes--
-->'''Donald Trump''': [[BluntYes That make Trump smart]]! Still, Trump hope no disgruntled former wife or acquaintance leak returns. ({{Beat}}) Wait, did Trump say that out loud?
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Depicted more than once.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Plutocrat Pete and Tea Party Tim both hate taxes, but unlike the latter, Plutocrat Pete doesn't want to force the government to default, which is why he sees Tim as a "nihilistic moron willing to crash the entire economy."
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Sparky.
* HulkSpeak: Donald Trump's character sometimes speaks this way (when portrayed as an orange version of Franchise/TheIncredibleHulk), although while he uses the ThirdPersonPerson and poor grammar (particularly word agreement) elements, his vocabulary is relatively advanced for this trope.
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: This exchange regarding Trump's presidency.
-->'''Sparky''': We are completely and utterly screwed, but happy holidays!
-->'''Trump''': Hey! You ''have'' to say "[[InsistentTerminology Merry Christmas]]" now!
* ImAHumanitarian: All of humanity (except Donald Trump) gets eaten by aliens in [[https://images.dailykos.com/images/425845/story_image/TMW2017-07-26color.png?1500394246 this]] strip.
* JustJokingJustification: Donald Trump tries this in one strip about the "Donald Trump Comedy Hour"
-->'''Trump''' Hey, how about those '''Second amendment people'''? Gotta love 'em! One of them oughta [[ImpliedDeathThreat take care of]] my '''[[UsefulNotes/HillaryClinton opponent]]''', amirite? Ha ha ha! '''Kidding!''' I'm just '''kidding!'''
* KentBrockmanNews: Broadcasts of the Action [=McNews=] Network.
* KidDetective: The RecurringCharacter "Conservative Jones, Internet Detective" is an ''Literature/EncyclopediaBrown'' parody who constantly takes right wing memes and claims at face value, no matter how false or absurd they are. His BeleagueredAssistant Moonbat tries to [[OnlySaneMan talk some sense]] into his boss, who [[SmallNameBigEgo dismisses him with contemptuous condescension]].
* KillThePoor: One strip shows a post-apocalyptic world where the poor are fattened up on the available food and eaten by the rich.
* ShoutOut: Characters such as WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead, Series/DoctorWho (specifically [[Characters/DoctorWhoTwelfthDoctor the 12th Doctor]]) and the cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' have made guest appearances in the strip.
* TheSociopath: The strip unofficially diagnoses Trump as a low-functioning one, stating that he lacks any remorse for his actions, lies frequently and has an inflated sense of self-worth, and uses this as one of ''many'' arguments as to why he is a terrible president.
* StrawCharacter: Biff, the strip's resident Republican.
* StrawHypocrite
* TakeThat: Republicans and conservatives in general.
* WallOfText: Lampshaded by the artist on more than one occasion.