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Leslie Gibbard (1945-2010)

Leslie Gibbard (1945-2010)

While the cartoons of Les Gibbard could prove controversial, his style has been considered gentle and polite compared to those of Steve Bell and Martin Rowson, his successors at the Guardian.
Les Gibbard was born in Kaiapoi, New Zealand, on 26 October 1945, the son of teachers. He was educated at Auckland Grammar School and, while there, contributed cartoons and caricatures to the school magazine. During the same period, the refugee Hungarian artist, Frank Szirmay, tutored him in charcoal and pastels.
In 1962, Gibbard began his journalistic training on the Auckland Star, which published his first caricature, of Reginald Maudling, during the January of that year. Fired for his bad shorthand, he moved to the New Zealand Herald, working under its political cartoonist, Gordon Minhinnick, and producing drawings for its sister publication, the New Zealand Weekly News. When sacked by the Herald, he worked at the Sunday News.
In 1967, Gibbard moved to Melbourne, Australia, in order to work in a less conservative atmosphere, and drew for the Melbourne Herald.

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