This month’s cartoonist is NAF
NAF’s cartoon (above) appears on page 32 of our February issue. A selection of his cartoons for Prospect will be published on First Drafts over the next month. He can be contacted at email@example.com
First, give me your autobiography in 100 words or so Raised by a loving family in Edinburgh, I studied biological sciences before embarking upon a career as a zookeeper. I looked after primates and snakes (a classic combination) but ended up slaughtering more animals than I kept alive so, tired of playing God, I ran away to South Africa to work on a game reserve. The game reserves were full, however, so I hit rock bottom and with nowhere else to turn and with nothing to lose, I became a cartoonist. I still survive in this sleazy profession, occasionally supplementing my income by playing the banjo.
Can you tell us how you got the inspiration for your cartoon in Prospect this month? Well, the idea came about after I realised that some people are unaware just how quickly mice can infest a house and thought wouldn’t it be funny if the first sign of the mice’s occupancy was “Mouse FM.” The idea of mice broadcasting their own radio station is funny, isn’t it?
I know it’s a terrible question to ask a creative person, but where do you get your ideas from? They can appear in dreams or whilst you are in the bath but generally happen after four or five cups of coffee and ten cigarettes.
How do you work – alone, hunched over a drawing board? On computer? Nine to five? I try to vary it. You can go stir-crazy in the house so a change of scenery is good for body and mind. We all tend to work alone I think… we’re pretty lonesome characters.
How do you cope with the rejections that accompany cartooning? Pah! I love it!
Do you ever laugh at your own cartoons? Yes. I’d be a bad cartoonist if my own cartoons didn’t make me laugh. I’m not saying I belly-ache after a cartoon writing session but a good one should bring a smile to your face.
What other cartoonists have influenced you, or do you most admire? I started cartooning because I adored Gary Larson and have always been a fairly…