TONY HUSBAND: cartoonist

Photography by: Jolita Jauqaite and MJ Smith

Words by Harry Potts

 

Tony Husband is an award winning cartoonist who’s cartoons regularly appear in newspapers, magazines and books, including Private Eye, The Times, Punch, Playboy, The Sunday Express and The Sun.

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Cartoonist Tony Husband

Tony Husband-Jolita-3Tony was born in Blackpool in 1950 and moved to Audenshaw, East Manchester at the age of four. He became a full time cartoonist in 1984 and is known for his black humour. He has a regular cartoon strip in Private Eye entitled Yobs that has been published since the late 1980s. Tony co-devised and edited Oink!, a popular children’s comic and co-wrote the children’s television series Round the Bend which ran from 1989 to 1991.

 

“A lot of people tell me they put my work on their toilet walls. I really like that.”

 

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Tony has won more than 15 major awards,
including the Pont Award for his ‘Yobs’ comic-strip depicting the British way of life

In 2014, Tony illustrated a poignant record of his dad’s decline from dementia in a book called ‘Take Care, Son’. Through 50 cartoons he tells the story of how his father’s memory ‘of everything and everyone he cherished’ would be wiped away by dementia. The book is framed as a chat between Tony and his dad, who fades away through the last few pages of the book.

More recently, Tony along with his son Paul documented Paul’s battle against heroin and his subsequent recovery in a book entitled ‘From a Dark Place’ – a very personal story of how a family coped with drug addiction.

In his most recent project with author Libby Moore, “After… The impact of Child Abuse” Tony provides the powerful expressive illustrations for a universal personal story. Libby Moore is a pseudonym for an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. The book is her true story of learning to embrace the child lost inside her.

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A few of Tony’s most recent publications

 

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A showreel of Tony’s work

 

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Tony at work in his studio

 

Student reflection: Jolita Jauqaite

JolitaI did my research into Tony’s career before the shoot and I have to admit was a little nervous about photographing someone with such a successful career. When we got to his house in Gee Cross he made us very welcome. Tony’s studio was in a room with very little room for manoeuvre, but I managed to control my camera and find the best angles to get the shots I wanted. For the second part of the shoot we moved into the garden to take advantage of the strong natural light on a bright Spring day. My nerves soon disappeared as the shoot went along. Tony was very patient throughout and told us some interesting stories about his career as a cartoonist. The whole experience was a real learning curve.

 

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Tony against his granddaughter’s ‘doodle wall’

 

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Tony is a mainstay of Manchester’s creative community

Related links:

 

BBC News – From a Dark Place

PCO – Battle of the Cartoonists

Tony Husband – Chris Beetles Gallery

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