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Not to be confused with his Eddsworld persona, Tom.

Thomas James "TomSka" Ridgewell is a British YouTuber who was, along with Matt Hargreaves, one of Edd Gould's closest friends. Ridgewell voiced his animated counterpart in Eddsworld and has contributed to it from 2004 to 2016.[1] He is mostly well-known for creating the ASDFmovie series.

Early Life

Thomas was born on June 27, 1990 to two then-26-year-old Jehovah's Witnesses.[2][3] He was originally going to be named "Dudley", but his parents decided to name him "Thomas" after his twin sister, Amelia, died in his Mother's womb during a car crash. Thomas was raised a Jehovah's Witness, but he no longer holds his faith.[4]

Meeting Edd Gould

Tom met Edd Gould on the StickSuicide forums (now Explosm.net, best known for their Cyanide and Happiness webcomic). He initially looked up to Gould as an idol; they quickly became friends, and Ridgewell would often send Gould his animations for critique.

The story of how Tom and Edd first met, as well as the early history of Eddsworld, is detailed in a deviantART journal entry:[5]

I [...] met Tom online actually, shortly after I started making stick animations, he was actually a fan who had added me on a messaging service back when I did stick animations because he liked the animations I had posted on StickSuicide.com (now Explosm.net www.explosm.net) and he basically sat in my contact list for a long time, when Edd Again came out he started talking to me more, even sending fan art and his work (which was clearly a take on the style used in Edd Again) which he shortly fixed by adding a monobrow on the face (hence Tom's initial appearance). Then we carried on speaking and I didn't include Tom in any of my animations until late 2004 when I initiated him "into the crew". He was technically the first member too!

When Tom joined the cast of Eddsworld, Edd drew up a "contract" in MS Paint, stating if Tom left, he would have to kill himself or stop animating.

Ridgewell also appeared briefly at the end of the short "Fan Service" displaying three T-shirts that were available at sharkrobot.com.

Death of Edd Gould

See also: Edd Gould#Death, Eddsworld: Legacy

"Edd may be gone, but his world will keep on spinning."
— Thomas Ridgewell

Ridgewell states he was informed of Gould's death by a phone call from Gould's mom on Sunday morning, around 10 A.M, where she said he passed away the previous night. He was hungover at the time but sobered up immediately. Ridgewell further explained that while the situation was explained to him, he couldn't really focus on it at the time, and "freaked out" for a bit. Matt Hargreaves called him and came over, and people started coming over throughout the day.

Tom decided to hold off on the announcement of Gould's death for a couple of days. The video RIP Edd Gould (1988-2012) was made on Monday. Ridgewell said it was "tough" to make; Bing was the assistant director for the video, and they all just kept quiet and worked on it throughout the day.

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References

  1. Episode: When the Best of the Worst Collide
  2. YouTube Video: The Complete History of Me (1/3)
  3. YouTube Video: VLOG FROM 1992
  4. YouTube Video: The Day My Faith Died
  5. DeviantArt Journal Entry: Origins of Eddsworld [WORDSWORDSWORDS]

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