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Comic strips

This section showcases the various comic strips I have created for different organisations over the years. Half way between a stand-alone cartoon and a graphic novel or comic book, comic strips can be simple, short and effective at transmitting one or more pieces of information or messages.

The Adventures of Cuencoso, Part 1. Rare Colombia, 2018.
The Adventures of Cuencoso, Part 2. Rare Colombia, 2018.
Oxford Policy Management, UK 2006.

'The Adventures of Cuencoso', Rare Colombia Inc, 2018.

While working with the Rare Colombia team I was regularly involved in editing and contributing content to a news bulletin sent to donors and other members. I couldn't resist the idea of creating a comic strip to shake things up. The hero is a spectacled bear called Cuencoso - a play on words in Spanish alluding to watersheds and bears, both conservation objects covered by Rare's Watersheds Programme, which has since been absorbed into the organisation's global climate change programme. 

 

The comic strip above for Oxford Policy Management was a special commission to celebrate a much-loved colleague who was retiring. I was asked not to make this work public at the time, and I have respected this request until now, 13 years later. The comic strip tells a true story regarding the extraordinary accountability of the main character, who managed to send an important work email off just minutes before his entire hotel collapsed under a bomb attack in Afghanistan. 

The Adventures of Cuencoso, Part 1. Rare Colombia, 2018.
The Adventures of Cuencoso, Part 2. Rare Colombia, 2018.

'The Adventures of Cuencoso', Rare Colombia Inc, 2018.

While working with the Rare Colombia team I was regularly involved in editing and contributing content to a news bulletin sent to donors and other members. I couldn't resist the idea of creating a comic strip to shake things up. The hero is a spectacled bear called Cuencoso - a play on words in Spanish alluding to watersheds and bears, both conservation objects covered by Rare's Watersheds Programme, which has since been absorbed into the organisation's global climate change programme. 

 

Oxford Policy Management, UK 2006.

The comic strip above for Oxford Policy Management was a special commission to celebrate a much-loved colleague who was retiring. I was asked not to make this work public at the time, and I have respected this request until now, 13 years later. The comic strip tells a true story regarding the extraordinary accountability of the main character, who managed to send an important work email off just minutes before his entire hotel collapsed under a bomb attack in Afghanistan. 

Woolly Monkeys Conservation Project. Colombia, 2006.
Woolly Monkeys Conservation Project. Colombia, 2006.

Woolly Monkey Conservation Project, Oxford Brookes University. 

A student at the Oxford Brookes University approached me at a party one day and asked me if I would do a few cartoons for her project in her native Colombia. This very short comic strip was eventually used on T shirts to raise awareness about the plight of this highly endangered species. 

Testimonials

"The drawings are great! I love the woolly monkeys they're perfect. I can't believe you managed to do such a great job in so little time."
H. Parathian, Woolly Monkey Project, Oxford Brookes University

The Carbon Businessman. GCP, UK 2006.
The Consumer Family. GCP, UK 2007.
The birdwatchers. Armonía Guajojó members bulletin, Bolivia 2005. This was one of my first comic strips.
The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) is a hub of international expertise on forest ecology and conservation. The two comic strips above were commissioned for GCP's partnership with the eco-recreational company, Go Ape!

Many years ago, when I first came to South America in search of adventure with nothing but a backpack and a mosquito net, I joined a tiny bird conservation organisation as a volunteer. The organisation's name was Asociación Armonía, which quickly went on to represent BirdLife International as the Bolivian partner. During my 10-year tenure with Armonía I was in charge, among many other things, of editing our members' bulletin, called 'Guajojó'. Naturally I also threw in a bunch of cartoons and comic strips. 

The Carbon Businessman. GCP, UK 2006.
The Consumer Family. GCP, UK 2007.
The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) is a hub of international expertise on forest ecology and conservation. The two comic strips above were commissioned for GCP's partnership with the eco-recreational company, Go Ape!
The birdwatchers. Armonía Guajojó members bulletin, Bolivia 2005. This was one of my first comic strips.

Many years ago, when I first came to South America in search of adventure with nothing but a backpack and a mosquito net, I joined a tiny bird conservation organisation as a volunteer. The organisation's name was Asociación Armonía, which quickly went on to represent BirdLife International as the Bolivian partner. During my 10-year tenure with Armonía I was in charge, among many other things, of editing our members' bulletin, called 'Guajojó'. Naturally I also threw in a bunch of cartoons and comic strips.