Hailing from the deep south, political cartoonist Sharon Murdoch started out as a designer and came to cartooning later in life. In this Funny As interview she discusses influences on her life and career, including:
- Early years in Invercargill and her “fantastic” art teacher, Jim Gilmore, who made her feel “seen” for the first time
- How having a child later paved the way for a career in cartooning
- How working for Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) in South Africa made her realise the potency of comic strips
- Being regarded as “a bit of an oddity” in the newsroom because of her age and gender
- How satire in a cartoon can be missed, provoking unexpected responses
- How committing to an idea for a cartoon and delivering quickly increases the risk of being embarrassed by the result
This interview was recorded for 2019 TV series
Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy.
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