Born in 1957, in Dunedin, New Zealand, Adrian Raeside got his start in cartooning by drawing on washroom walls as a kid. After being expelled from his first (and last) art class at the age of 15, he moved with his parents to England, then on to Canada, where he worked at various jobs, from loading grain ships in Thunder Bay, to surveying on the West Coast.
Editorial cartoonist for the Victoria Times Colonist for over 27 years, Raeside’s editorial cartoons appear in over 250 newspapers and magazines worldwide, from the Los Angeles Times to Newsweek Japan.
Raeside founded and operated an animation company in 1988, to animate editorial cartoons for the CBC Journal. Over the next four years he created, directed and produced dozens of animated shows for CBS, Turner Broadcasting and Children’s Television Workshop, including adapting two Jim Henson Muppet characters for animation. Raeside left the production business in 1992, but is still actively involved in the creative side, having since written over 60 scripts for various animated TV shows.
Besides writing occasional travel articles for newspapers and an online column, Raeside is the author of 12 books. Among them: There Goes the Neighborhood: An Irreverent History of Canada, The Demented Decade and Five Twisted Years. Raeside also wrote and illustrated the popular Dennis the Dragon series of children’s books.
The Other Coast strip was picked up by Creators Syndicate in 2001 and now appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide. The second Other Coast collection, This Is Your First Rock Garden, Isn't It? was published in 2005.
Adrian Raeside lives in Whistler, B.C.
Adrian Raeside remembers fellow cartoonist, Jim Unger. Read more here.