Dean Rankine

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Dean Rankine is a popular and well-known Australian comics artist, writer and illustrator. Rankine's comics work has appeared in many children's magazines - KidZone, Explore, Venue, Mania, Krash and Wacky But True (Australia), Kids Alive (United Kingdom), The War Cry (New Zealand), Priority (United States), Sorthvit (Norway) and TFL (South Africa), as well as Australian anthology comics, and he has illustrated books for Ashton Scholastic and Acorn Press, and most recently, The Dandy and The Beano, among others. His comics for Christian magazines have proved both popular and controversial, drawn in his distinctive cartoony, somewhat Klasky-Csupo influenced style. His characters include "Grossgirl and Boogerboy" in Mania and "In the Wild With Maggie and Mitch" in Explore (Pearson Education). He became a Dandy artist in issue 3571 and has drawn the mini-strips 'My Mum Is A Brain Eating Zombie', 'Flatman and Ribbon' and 'The Shrimpsons' for that title. He currently draws 'Simon's Bowel' and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turkeys' for The Beano.

In 2001 he started freelancing for Simpsons Comics and Bart Simpsons Comics (Bongo). He contributed to;

'Simpsons Comics' #180, #182, #183, #184, #186, #200, #211, #225, #228

'Futurama Comics' #62

'Bongo's Two One-Shot Wonders in One' #1

'Bart Simpson’s Pal, Milhouse' #1

'Simpsons Winter Wingding' #7, #10

'Bongo Comics Free-For-All' 2013 & 2014

'The Malevolent Mr. Burns' #1

'Bart Simpson Comics #78, #80, #82, #83, #87, #89, #91, #94, #95, #98, #99

'The Greatest Bartman Stories Ever Told' #1

'Jimbo Jones' #1

Matt Groening Productions :

Bartman : The Superhero's Handbook (Vault of Simpsonology)

Trading Cards - Bartman

His other credits include; Futurama (Bongo) Hellboy Winter Special 2016 #1(Dark Horse Comics), I Hate Fairyland #13 (Image Comics) and 'Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land' #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and Itty Bitty Bunnies : Cavalcade of Contraband (TPB) and Friendgasm (TPB) (Action Lab Entertainment), The 'Stuff Happens' series (Penguin Books) and Australian MAD Magazine (Next Media).

In 2015 he received a Ledger Award for 'Itty Bitty Bunnies : Save X-mas' recognising excellence in Australian Comics.


  • Operation Funnybone edited by Glen Shearer. Melbourne, Vic.: Operation Funnybone, 2005. ISBN 0-9758075-0-1

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