- Fletcher, David, 1952-; Dominion post (Newspaper)
Cartoons by David Fletcher from 'The Politician' series, which satirises New Zealand and international political issues. The cartoons feature a set of standard characters who are used to represent various contemporary politicians in the news. The Politician - the MP for Upper Creek- is "inept, greedy and indecisive, and those are his good points". He is always portrayed as a bald fellow with a moustache, regardless of the gender or appearance of the real life political figure he is representing in the cartoon. Other recurring characters include his press secretary and political advisor, Miss Direct; Max, an "uncivil servant" and his right hand man, he is always portrayed as a bald fellow wearing glasses; Rose, the Politician's long suffering wife; and Jim, his hard-working parliamentary colleague and best friend. (For character sheet see DCDL-0025477).
As at mid 2015 'The Politician' runs infrequently in the Dominion Post, and is published in Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and South Africa.
Part of the NZ Cartoon Archive.
Other Titles - The Politician
David Fletcher was born in the UK in 1952 and later immigrated to New Zealand. Based in Auckland, he produces 'The Politician', a daily cartoon strip that appears in The Dominion Post and is syndicated around New Zealand, and to newspapers in Australia, Europe, Britain, South Africa, China, Malaysia, and Pakistan. Previously he worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for the New Zealand Herald before becoming a full-time freelance comic strip artist in 1983.
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