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Comic Creator

Andy Mason

N.D. Mazin, Pooh

(b. 11 August 1954, South Africa)  South Africa

Andy Mason

comic art by Andy Mason

N. D. Mazin (or Andy Mason) was born in Pietermaritzburg and studied at the University of Natal. Afterwards, he devoted himself to creating anti-apartheid comics. A comic artist and cartoonist since 1980, Mason's work appeared in publications by Ravan Press and Sached Trust, as well as magazines like Staffrider and Upbeat. He founded Durban Comix, as well as the humorous periodical PAX (Pre-Azanian Comix), in which appeared his popular 'The Big Chillum' series. He created the popular 'Sloppy' strip (together with Mogorosi Motshumi, published for ten years in Learn and Teach), a humorous opera about the history of South Africa and the comic 'New Ground'.

Framing by N.D. Mazin

Andy Mason is co-owner of Artworks Communications, an educational agency focused on humane subjects (such as AIDS), tourism, education and art. From 1994, Mason has produced illustrations and comics on such humane topics as democracy, civil rights and education, and he has started the Natal Youth Publishing. He joined the Ithunga Art Project in 1999, drawing for Mamba and AIDS Sex News. He dropped the political themes in his work in the late 1990s and became a satirical and humorous artist for Blue Mamba Grafix for African Soul Surfer.

He is the author of the book 'What's So Funny', an assiduously researched history of cartooning in South Africa. Andy Mason is head of the Comic Art Unit at the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts at Stellenbosch University.

from Pax, by Andy Mason

Last updated: 2011-06-10

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