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Signature of cartoonist Chatfield
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Occupation||Cartoonist, illustrator, stand-up comedian, improv comedian, producer|
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 and Live/On-the-spot Caricatures 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. He now resides in New York City and serves as Deputy President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association.
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.
Chatfield has also performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013) as well as numerous solo productions.
In May 2013, Chatfield was invited by the National Cartoonists' Society to host the 67th Annual Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Australian Cartoonists' Association
- 2006 - Elected WA Vice President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association.
- 2008 - Elected Deputy President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association.
- 2010 - Elected President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association.
- 2012 - Elected Deputy President of the Australian Cartoonists' Association.
National Cartoonists Society (USA)
- 2009 - Nominated (by Zits cartoonist Jim Borgman and ex-NCS President Steve McGarry) to become member of the National Cartoonists Society.
- 2011/12 - Created the Australian chapter of the National Cartoonists' Society, with the assistance of NCS President Tom Richmond, and past President Steve McGarry.
- 2013 - Hosted the 67th Annual Reuben Awards in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
International Olympic Committee (Switzerland)
- 2009 - appointed by the I.O.C (International Olympic Committee/ Lausanne) as one of nine cartoonists from around the world to be the official cartoonists to the Olympic Committee.
Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival (UK)
- 2010 - Invited to represent Australia as a guest at the 2010 Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival.
13th Annual RIDEP (FRANCE)
- 2012 - Invited to represent Australia in the 13th Annual RIDEP in France, for the 'Internet et libertés' festival.
- 2005 - Won the Bill Mitchell Award for up-and-coming cartoonist of the year.
- 2008 - Nominated for the Gold Stanley (Cartoonist of the Year) and Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Stanley Awards.
- 2008 - Won the "Peoples' Choice Prize" at the 'Behind the Lines' political cartooning exhibition at the National Gallery in Canberra.
- 2009 - Nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Stanley Awards.
- 2010 - Nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Stanley Awards.
- 2012 - Nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Stanley Awards.
- 2013 - Nominated for Comic Strip Artist of the Year at the Stanley Awards.
- Jason Chatfield
- Australian Cartoonists' Association
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival