Andy Mason

Born on 11 August 1954 in Pietermaritzburg, Andy Mason is a visual artist and writer specialising in comic art and graphic literature. Now based in Muizenberg, Cape Town, he works as a freelance cartoonist, editor and communications professional. He has a Masters degree in cultural and media studies (UKZN) and 30 years of experience in South African publishing and communications work, mainly in the development sector. As co-founder and creative director of Artworks Communications (Durban) between 1989 and 2008, he assisted many organsations in the development of their organisational identities, communication strategies and publications programmes. More recently, as a co-founder in 2009 of the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts at Stellenbosch University, he has contributed to the development of South African cartooning and comic art through academic research and publication, editing and publishing local anthologies of comic art, as well as organising and curating a number of group exhibitions, workshops and public events.

He has written, edited, art directed, illustrated and published a wide range of publications, from underground comix, illustrated training manuals and cartoon anthologies to legal and academic textbooks, high-level technical reports and policy briefs. His work as a historian of South African cartooning is reflected in What’s So Funny? Under the Skin of South African Cartooning (Double Storey Books, 2010), and he has also co-edited two anthologies of South African political cartoons – Don’t Joke! and Just For Kicks! (Jacana Media, 2009-10), as well as Graflit: Graveyard Literature in Black & White (CCIBA, 2013), an anthology of contemporary South African graphic literature. In 2013 he self-published The Legend of Blue Mamba (PreZanian Communications, 2013), a graphic novel.
He has been involved in a number of exhibitions of comic art, both as curator and participant, including the 2011 Co/Mix exhibition at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. He held his first solo exhibition at the Alive Café in Muizenberg in October 2013.