Adrian Raeside

Cartoonist, Author

1957 –


Who is Adrian Raeside?

Adrian Raeside is an editorial cartoonist for the Victoria Times-Colonist. His comic strip, The Other Coast, was picked up by Creators Syndicate in 2001 and has appeared in over 100 newspapers worldwide.

He was born in 1957 in Dunedin, New Zealand. He began drawing cartoons on washroom walls as a kid. After being expelled from his first art class at the age of 15, he moved with his parents to England, then to Canada. While there, he worked at various jobs, from loading grain ships in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to surveying on the West Coast.

Raeside founded and operated an animation company in 1988 to animate editorial cartoons for CBC Television. Over the next four years, he created, directed and produced dozens of animated shows for Turner Broadcasting and Children's Television Workshop, adapting two Jim Henson Muppet characters for animation. Raeside adapted the book The Way Things Work as an animated series being broadcast on BBC. Raeside left the animation business in 1992.

Raeside is the author of eleven books, including There Goes the Neighbourhood, an irreverent history of Canada; The Demented Decade; and 5 Twisted Years. Raeside also wrote and illustrated the popular Dennis the Dragon series of children's books.

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on July 23, 2013


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