Prospect‘s cartoonist of the month is Alexander Matthews.
Alexander’s cartoon (above) appears on page 7 of the June issue. His cartoons for Prospect, and a selection from his new book, Crystalline Structure Friday, will be published on First Drafts over the next month.
First, give me your autobiography in 100 words or so
I’m 33 and from near Reading. I have a degree in graphic design and illustration and I lecture at university level in those subjects in Moscow. So I spend most of my time in Russia and my summers in England, balancing being a cartoonist with lecturing. Russia is very weird, but it’s an adventure. My Russian is still very bad and yes, it’s cold (but right now it’s scorching). I have been a cartoonist for about three or four years. I have recently become an uncle.
Can you tell us how you got the inspiration for your cartoon in Prospect this month?
I was just thinking about the most ludicrous thing a manager could do to raise the morale of their staff, and I came up with putting a rhino in the office. I’ve also been playing around with over elaborate captions and unnatural…