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Zapiro Discusses the Zen of Drawing, Zuma, and Meeting Asterix Artist Uderzo in Paris

The Last SushiSouth Africa’s favourite cartoonist, Zapiro, was recently interviewed by Leadership magazine’s Robbie Stammers. In the interview, Zapiro discusses growing up in Rondebosch, giving up architecture and going overseas to study cartooning, and meeting Asterix artist (Albert) Uderzo in Paris. Zapiro also speaks about his daily routine, revealing that he takes his news “intravenously”, usually through the radio:

You are an old Cape Town/Rondebosch boy, not so?

I grew up in Newlands initially, on Paradise Road. I loved the old Newlands area, and my hangouts were Kirstenbosch and Newlands Forest.

I went to school at Rondebosch Prep, where I had my first cartoons published. I had a fantastic teacher called Alan Kenyon. He was my Standard 3 (Grade 5) teacher and it was in 1969, so the era was very much the kind of ‘60s counterculture and bucking authority. Here was a teacher who was bucking the trend of conservatively dressed, conservatively minded government school teachers. He managed to get kids to do what they were most talented at, and he realised that drawing and writing were things that I could do well.

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