18 June 2008


Born in Cape Town in 1958. Couldn't imagine a career in cartooning, so studiedarchitecture at University of Cape Town . Couldn't imagine a career in architecture, so tried switching to Graphic Design and promptly got conscripted.

While in the army, became active in the United Democratic Front. Trouble.Began doing cartoons for progressive organisations and for South . Detained by security police in 1988 shortly before leaving on a Fulbright Scholarship to study media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York . Had a ball in New York studying under (among others) Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.

Returned to South Africa in 1991 and with Story Circle produced educationalcomics including Roxy (Aids Education), Tomorrow People (Democracy education) and A Trolley Full of Rights (Child abuse prevention). Was editorial cartoonist for Sowetan from 1994 - 2005 and appeared in theCape Argus 1996 -1997. Has been editorial cartoonist for the Mail & Guardiansince 1994, the Sunday Times since 1998 and since September 2005 alsoappears three times a week in Cape Times , The Star , The Mercury and Pretoria News

12 June 2008

Premature ....

Behind the name

Just to see if there is any truth in a name - I had a look at the meaning of my own name ...and some of my family and friends. Here are the results (in alphabetical order):

Chantel: From a French surname which was derived from a place name meaning "stony place". It has become associated with French chant "song".

Charissa: Elaborated form of Charis/ Derived from Greek charis meaning "grace, kindness".

Desiree: Means "desired, wished" in French.

Dominique: French Dominic. From the Late Latin name Dominicus meaning "of the Lord". This name was traditionally given to a child born on Sunday. Several saints have borne this name, including the 13th-century founder of the Dominican order of friars.

Jeremy: English form of Jeremiah. From the Hebrew name Yirmiyahu which meant "has uplifted". This was the name of one of the major prophets of the Old Testament, author of the Book of Jeremiah and (supposedly) the Book of Lamentations. He lived to see the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in the 6th century BC.

JoÃo: Portuguese form of Johannes. itself derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan meaning "YAHWES is gracious". This name owes its consistent popularity to two New Testament characters, both highly revered as saints. The first was John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ and a victim of beheading by Herod Antipas. The second was the apostle John, also supposedly the author of the fourth Gospel and Revelation. The name has been borne by 21 popes and eight Byzantine emperors, as well as kings of England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Portugal and Hungary. It was also borne by the poet John Milton and the philosopher John Locke.

Karla: German and Scandinavian feminine form of Charles. Teutonic name meaning "Strong-woman"

Mannual: Porgegues Emmanual. Means "God is with us" in Hebrew. This was the foretold name of the Messiah in the Old Testament.

Pieter: Ducth Peter. Derived from the Greek Petros meaning "stone". This is a translation used in most versions of the New Testament of the name Cephas (meaning "stone" in Aramaic) which was given to the apostle Simon by Jesus (compare Matthew 16:18 and John 1:42). Simon Peter was the most prominent of the apostles during Jesus's ministry and is considered by some to be the first pope. This name was borne by Peter the Great, the czar of Russia who defeated Sweden in the Great Northern War in the 18th century. A famous fictional bearer is Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up in J. M. Barrie's play.

Ryan: From an Irish surname which was derived from Ó Riain meaning "descendent of Rian". The given name Rian probably means "little king" (from Irish rí "king" combined with a diminutive suffix).

Sanell: From a French surname which meant "pipe". Its use may have been influenced by the Chanel brand name (a line of women's clothing).

Sylvain: French form of Silvanus. Roman name derived from Latin silva "wood, forest". Silvanus was the Roman god of forests.

Theresa: From the Spanish and Portuguese name Teresa. The meaning is uncertain, but it could be derived from Greek theros "summer", from Greek therizo "to harvest", or from the name of the Greek island of Thera (the main island of Santorini). A famous bearer was Maria Theresa, an Austrian Habsburg queen of the 18th century. She inherited the domains of her father, Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor, which began the War of the Austrian Succession.

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