John Curtis


As George W Bush angled for an excuse to invade Iraq in 2003, JOHN CURTIS was sufficiently moved to provide leading SA cartoonist ZAPIRO with cartoon ideas in protest. And so began a collaboration which would result in scores of successful cartoons over the years.

In return, Zapiro mentored and encouraged Curtis to follow his own path, and that resulted in the prodigy being selected amongst five emerging talents to visit the UK in 2004 to meet leading cartoonists there, under the mentorship of ZAPIRO and the UK's STEVE BELL.

A years' stint as daily cartoonist at the Cape Argus followed in 2005/6 (while their cartoonist CHIP was on sabbatical), and after that Curtis freelanced for various national and international publications, while focusing on the establishment of his design studio, digitalJUNGLE.

On July 18th 2008, Curtis launched with a tribute to Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday, featuring cartoons by South Africa's top cartoonists about the statesman.

This projects' success resulted in the expanding of to incorporate political cartoons on every subject, and the publication with ANDY MASON of two annuals (in 2009 and 2010) featuring the years' best cartoons.

These ventures introduced Curtis to South Africa's leading editorial cartoonists, many of whom he would share ideas with; most notably JERM, MOTHOWAGAE & DR JACK.

In 2011, Curtis & Dr Jack formalised a collaboration, signing their work 'DR JACK & CURTIS'. You can see their portfolio, and follow that story by going here.

See DR JACK & CURTIS' collaborations HERE

See Curtis' collaborations with fellow cartoonists HERE

eNCA interview with Curtis, April 2017 HERE

Cartoons by John Curtis

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