Andy Mason


AboutAndy Mason

Andy Mason has worked for the last 40 years or so as a cartoonist, author, academic, publisher and communications specialist. His professional interests mainly relate to cartooning, comics and visual narrative strategies for public education, mainly in the development sector. He has an MA summa cum laude from CCMS at UKZN and has taught courses in the semiotics of visual representation at Stellenbosch University and visual narrative studies at the Stellenbosch Academy. Prior to moving to Cape Town in 2008 he was Creative Director and a co-owner of Artworks, Durban, since its inception, from where he published Mamba Comix and ran the Durban Cartoon Project. Through the Centre for Graphic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA), which he co-founded at Stellenbosch University in 2009, and his own projects AMAK (Azania Mania Art Kolektive) and ToonZA, he has contributed to the development of visual narrative, particularly comic art, as a vehicle for public participation in South Africa. His numerous publications include academic articles, educational and underground comix, illustrated manuals, political cartooning and comics anthologies, a graphic novel, and a major historical work, What’s So Funny? Under The Skin of South African Cartooning (Double Storey Books, 2010).