Seth Tobocman grew up in Cleveland Heights as the son of Polish immigrants. He has lived in Manhattan since 1978 and began publishing the radical comic book World War 3 Illustrated in 1979-80 with the help of Peter Kuper, as a response to the Iran Hostage crisis. Tobocman and Kuper, accompanied by many other artists, have worked on the title ever since. Tobocman is also a revolutionary and has been involved in anti-war and anti-globalization movements.
He is the author of the books 'You Don't Have To Fuck People Over To Survive', which became an 80s underground classic, and 'War in the Neighborhoud'. He made a book about the economical crisis, called 'Understandig the Crash, with Eric Laursen and Jessica Wehrle, and gave his views on the 21st centruy in 'Disaster and Resistance'. Tobocman has worked as an illustrator for the New York Times and other publications.