Jason Chatfield

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Jason Chatfield
Signature of cartoonist Chatfield
Signature of cartoonist Chatfield
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Pen nameChatfield
OccupationCartoonist, illustrator, gag cartoonist, stand-up comedian, improv comedian, producer
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.

Jason Chatfield (born 1984) is an Australian cartoonist and stand-up comedian, based in New York City. At 23 he became Australia's most widely syndicated cartoonist, appearing daily in over 120 newspapers in 34 countries. His art spans the disciplines of comic strip,[1] gag cartoon,[2] editorial cartoon,[3] book illustration, caricature[4] and commercial art. His work has appeared in The New Yorker[5] and Mad magazine.[6] At 26 he was elected president of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, making him the youngest person to hold the position since the organization began in 1924. He currently serves as President of the National Cartoonists Society (est. 1946).

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. Kemsley wrote to the Bancks family to secure approval for Chatfield to succeed him. Ginger Meggs is currently syndicated by Andrews McMeel Universal to 34 countries.

On 1 July 2011, the Perth Mint released a commemorative 1oz Silver Australian $1 coin[7] to celebrate the 90th anniversary year of Ginger Meggs. The coin's design pays 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 artist Peter Broelman. Stock at the mint sold out within an hour of the coin being announced.

Swiss company Redheads also released a limited edition of matchboxes featuring five custom Ginger Meggs designs, produced by Chatfield.[8]

In January 2017, an online-only version of Ginger Meggs was launched[9] under the name of "Instameggs".[10] The site is designed for young fans to read the comic strip on their phone, scrolling vertically as they would on Instagram.

Stand-up comedy[edit]

Chatfield has performed stand-up comedy since 2007. He has performed and produced shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013). He performs regularly[11] in New York City and at clubs and colleges around the United States. He has been represented by CESD Talent Agency for Voice Acting work since 2015. He is managed by Avanti Talent Management.

Comic Con appearances (United States)[edit]

Professional affiliations[edit]

National Cartoonists Society:

Australian Cartoonists' Association:

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Ginger Meggs on Gocomics".
  2. ^ "New Yorker Contributor".
  3. ^ "New Yorker Contributor".
  4. ^ "Jason Chatfield Caricatures".
  5. ^ "New Yorker Contributor Page for Jason Chatfield".
  6. ^ "MAD Magazine Announcement".
  7. ^ "Perth Mint Releases Limited Edition Ginger Meggs Silver Dollar Coin".
  8. ^ "Redheads Ginger Meggs Matchbox designs".
  9. ^ "Jason Chatfield on GoComics Blog".
  10. ^ "Instameggs".
  11. ^ "Stand-up Comedy Dates".
  12. ^ "Jason Chatfield at San Diego Comic Con 2015".
  13. ^ "Official Universal UClick Blog, 9 Exciting Moments from New York Comic Con".
  14. ^ "Australian Cartoonists' Association Presidents".

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