Jason Chatfield

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Jason Chatfield
Chatfield signature.jpg
Signature of cartoonist Chatfield
Born 1984
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Pen name Chatfield
Occupation Cartoonist, illustrator, stand-up comedian, improv comedian, producer
Nationality Australian

www.jasonchatfield.com

Jason Chatfield (born Perth, 1984-) is an Australian editorial and comic strip cartoonist and stand-up comedian, based in Melbourne, Victoria. At 23, he became Australia's most widely-syndicated cartoonist, appearing daily in over 120 newspapers in 34 countries. His work covers the areas of comic strips, political cartoons, book illustrations, commissioned caricatures[1] and Live/On-the-spot Caricatures[2] as entertainment at corporate events. At 26 he was elected President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, making him the youngest person to hold the position since the organisation began in 1924.

Ginger Meggs[edit]

Chatfield took over writing and drawing the iconic internationally syndicated comic strip Ginger Meggs in 2007, becoming the strip's fifth artist, succeeding James Kemsley, OAM. Kemsley wrote to the Bancks family to secure approval for Chatfield to succeed him. Ginger Meggs appears today in over 120 papers in 34 countries worldwide. Chatfield is the youngest cartoonist to take on the iconic comic strip in its 90 year history.

On 1 July 2011, The Perth Mint released a commemorative 1oz Silver Australian $1 coin to celebrate the 90th anniversary year of Ginger Meggs. The coin features an homage to Bancks’ 1945 Sunbeams Annual (Series 22) cover, which featured Ginger Meggs on the back of a kangaroo with his dog, Mike and his pet monkey, Tony. The obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2011 year-date and is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. There were 3000 coins produced in total. The coin was designed by Chatfield with the assistance of fellow Australian artists Peter Broelman and Rolf Harris. Stock at the mint sold out completely within an hour of the coin being announced.

Swiss company Redheads matches also released a limited edition of redheads matchboxes featuring five custom Ginger Meggs designs, produced by Chatfield.

Stand Up Comedy[edit]

• April 2008, Chatfield opened for the Zack Adams show, Awkward, in the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He side-lined in Perth-based musical comedy duo, ManFace with Ben Russell.

• April 2009, Chatfield performed again with Ben Russell in the critically acclaimed musical/stand-up comedy Manface at the 2009 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

• April 2011, Chatfield performed a ten-show run at the Tuxedo Cat in Flinders Lane of ('When Melbourne Met Sydney') with Sophie Miller.

• April 2011, Chatfield performed a 22-show encore run of ('ManFace') with Chicago-based Ben Russell at the Forum Theatre for the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

• April 2012, Chatfield produced 5 separate comedy shows for the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival with comedy director Clayton Steele and fellow producer Sarah Reuben under the agency "The Comic Book". The shows produced were for Xavier Michelides ("The Brain Whisperer"), Geraldine Hickey ("Turns Out I Do Like Sundried Tomatoes"), John Campbell ("John Campbell is a Serious Man"), Sophie Miller ("Night Shift") and Jimmy James Eaton ("One Small Sketch For Man").

• April 2013, Chatfield produced 3 separate comedy shows for the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival with comedy director Clayton Steele and fellow producer Maggie Looke under the agency "The Comic Book". The shows produced were for Jimmy James Eaton & Jason Geary ("Sketch-ual Healing"), Sophie Miller ("Do Better") and Jason Chatfield ("Stand-Up Comic Strip Live").

• April 2013, Chatfield performed a 12-show run of his debut solo show ("Stand-Up Comic Strip Live") at the Locker Room in The Portland Hotel, Melbourne.

Reviews:

★★★★1/2

Herald Sun.

"With pen in hand, Chatfield draws and interacts with both the audience and his cartoon characters throughout the show. Instantly creating rapport with the audience, Chatfield is a brilliant storyteller and accomplished cartoonist, and the way in which he is able to skilfully combine both storytelling and drawing in this show is masterful. He has a gentle and genuine approach in the way he tells his story (as one might to a friend), and is able to thoughtfully tease the humour from various - and at times challenging - stages of his life, without needing to be crass or over the top about it. Chatfield's story is a personal one, and the message and personal connection made with him and his story will stay in this reviewer's mind for some time to come." Full Article:[3]


Squirrel Comedy.

"Even without all the visual tricks Jason is an engaging storyteller. His comic timing is spot on and he has a highly animated (no pun intended) delivery. Despite telling us in the story that he always tended to blend into the background he is a natural charmer on stage. A show that sets out to motivate and inspire as much as to entertain, Jason uses his considerable artistic talents to present a rollicking yarn about following your dreams through all adversity. This is storytelling at its best." Full Article:[4]


• May 2013, Chatfield was invited by the National Cartoonists' Society to Host the 67th Annual Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Improvisational Comedy[edit]

• 2010, Chatfield worked with comedians Michelle Nussey, Libby Klysz and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd to create a Melbourne branch of the improvisational comedy show "The Big HOO-HAA!" (http://www.hoohaamelbourne.com.au). The show had been running in Perth for 8 years by the time the Melbourne version was established.

• 2010, 2011, 2012, Chatfield has performed each week as an ensemble member, as improviser, musician or MC for the weekly The Big Hoo-Haa! shows at the Portland Hotel in Melbourne.

Theatre Set Design/Projected Art[edit]

• In 2012, Chatfield was commissioned to design and illustrate an animated set projected behind the performers of the Kin Collective's Debut Show, Glimpse. The show took place at Independent Melbourne Theatre fortyfivedownstairs.

The Kin Collective, created in 2011, consists of Michala Banas, Marg Downey, Keith Brocket, Laura Maitland, Dan Hammill, Linc Hasler, Tom Barton and Mark Diaco. Along with Chatfield, Noni Hazlehurst was brought in as Consulting Director, along with dramaturge Marcel Dorney, Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith, Lighting Designer Kris Chainey and Stage Managers Jess Maguire and Stephen Moore.

"Among the genius in the show is the simple but extremely effective set design by Jason Chatfield, the cartoonist behind the quintessentially Australian comic strip Ginger Meggs. Glimpse is not for the feint-hearted; it is unexpected and challenging, but – make no mistake – this is a gem, a little piece of brilliance from a company that deserves recognition. If this is an indication of the quality to which independent theatre in Australia has risen, give me liberal spoonfuls. Glimpse, by The Kin Collective, is an overwhelming success. Go and see it." ~ Alex First, ABC774

Australian Cartoonists' Association (Est. 1924)[edit]

• 2006, Chatfield was elected WA Vice President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association

• 2008, Chatfield was elected Deputy President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association

• 2010, Chatfield was elected President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association

• 2012, Chatfield was elected Deputy President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association

National Cartoonists Society (USA)[edit]

• 2009, Chatfield was nominated by Zits cartoonist Jim Borgman and ex-NCS President Steve McGarry to be member of the National Cartoonists Society. (USA)

• 2009, Chatfield attended the 63rd Annual Reuben Awards in Hollywood, California.

• 2011, Chatfield attended the 65th Annual Reuben Awards in Boston, Massachusetts.

• 2012, Chatfield attended the 66th Annual Reuben Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

• 2011/12 With the assistance of NCS President Tom Richmond, and past President Steve McGarry Chatfield created the Australian chapter of the National Cartoonists' Society. The creation of the chapter was approved by the Australian Cartoonists' Association.

• 2013, Chatfield was invited by the NCS to Host the 67th Annual Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

• 2014, Chatfield attended the 68th Annual Reuben Awards in San Diego, California.

International Olympic Committee (Switzerland)[edit]

• 2009, The I.O.C (International Olympic Committee/ Lausanne) selected nine talented cartoonists from around the world to be the official cartoonists to the Olympic Committee. The final list of chosen artists are; Norio Yamanoi (Japan),Thierry Barrigue (Switzerland), Daryl Cagle (USA), Jason Chatfield (Australia), Hassan Karimzadeh (Iran), Dario Castillejos (Mexico), Michel Kichka (Belgium), Godfrey Amon Mwampwemba -Gado (Kenya) and Mikhail Zlatkovsky (Russia).

Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival (UK)[edit]

• 2010, Chatfield was invited to represent Australia as a guest at the 2010 Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.

13th Annual RIDEP (FRANCE)[edit]

• 2012, Chatfield was invited to represent Australia in the 13th Annual RIDEP in France, for the 'Internet et libertés' festival. His work was discussed and exhibited for the week of 17–22 January 2012. Other international guests for 2012 were: Dan Carino (USA), Nicola Jennings (UK), Leng MU (China), Jacques Sondron (Belgium), Miel Prudendcio Ma (Singapore), Seyran Caferli (Azerbaijan), Khalid Albaig (Qatar/Sudan), Victor Ndula (Kenya), Clayton Rabelo (Brasil) and Popa Matumula (Tanzania). For the duration, Chatfield participated in several public debates, exhibitions, appearances and interviews including: • "Liberties and the Internet" with Nadia Khiari, (Tunisian cartoonist), Stephanie Koch (Competitive intelligence & information security advisor and executive master of Economic Crime Investigation with intelligentzia.ch), Bernard Benhamou, (Ministry of Reseatch and Higher Education on the Internet), Jean-Marc Bourguignon, (Freedom of expression group, Telecomix) and Khalid Albaih (Cartoonist; Sudan + Qatar). • "Being a press cartoonist around the world" with Nadia Khiari (Tunisia)

Awards[edit]

• 2005, Chatfield won the Australian Bill Mitchell Award for up-and-coming cartoonist of the year.

• 2008, Chatfield was nominated for the Gold Stanley for Cartoonist of the Year at the Australian Cartoonists' Association Stanley Awards in Coffs Harbour.

• 2008, Chatfield was nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Australian Cartoonists' Association Stanley Awards in Coffs Harbour.

• 2008, Chatfield won The "Peoples' Choice Prize" at the "Behind the Lines" political cartooning exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra.

• 2009, Chatfield was nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Australian Cartoonists' Association Stanley Awards in Sydney.

• 2010, Chatfield was nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Australian Cartoonists' Association Stanley Awards in Melbourne.

• 2012, Chatfield was nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Australian Cartoonists' Association Stanley Awards in Newcastle.

• 2013, Chatfield was nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Australian Cartoonists' Association Stanley Awards in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

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