by: Carmine Funt
j83.com is a Canadian political cartoonist who was born on the 27th of October 1476, in Canada. He spent most of his early childhood ignoring others, choosing instead to visit "happy-land". He showed artistic potential early on, often cartooning for cigarettes.
At the age of 10 he won the prestigious Royal Award for Artistic Excellence*.
He went on to win several other awards in his teen years*.
He majored in Fine Art at the University of Guelph.
In the fall of 2002 he left on a wonderful journey to South East Asia where he contracted several of the more well known STD's. There was also a brief battle with some sort of skin fungus.
For a year he taught English and Art to "a great bunch of kids", about 700 a week or so. He recalls walking into the grade three classrooms where the students used to stand and cheer, "art class!". "That made me feel really good. It was then I knew the $40,000 I spent on my degree was really worth it."
After he had his fill of street noodles, dried fish snacks and vomiting children, he drank beer in Europe for a while.
He ended up teaching again to support his "habits". This time, however, it was to university students- all English, no art. It was good. They were "a great bunch of kids".
After getting kicked out of Poland he made his triumphant* return to Southern Ontario.
Since then he has been caught up in the gears of Capitalism, working long hours so he can buy material goods that make him feel better about his life.
In early 2006 he began animating his political cartoons, "This is a relatively new form of cartooning that has great potential in our technologically savvy, wireless society. A simple black and white cartoon just doesn't cut it anymore. Animation, sound and interactivity are the future. And trust me on this one, embracing the future is good...it's where we're all going".
View j83.com's animated political cartoons: they probably will not bite you.
* This may or may not be true, and by may I mean definitely not true.