Friday, September 29, 2006
BOJAN REDZIC, ANIMATOR, ILLUSTRATOR, CARTOONIST AND COMICS ARTIST
Bojan Redzic is one of the best kept secrets in the Toronto (Canada) cartooning scene. Yugoslavian born and of Serbian background this artist has been working in the animation field since his mid teens. The author of four graphic novels (all published in Serbia and yet to be translated into English), his inspired and zany style is a mix of American and European styles.
As a youth Bojan had access to the very best comics from both continents. Items like MAD magazine, strips like Prince Valiant, Modesty Blaise, James Bond, Rip Kirby and works by Caniff, Eisner, Buscema, and Alex Raymond were readily available. Seminal influences among Italian, Spanish, French and Belgian creators included Hermann, Breccia, Alfonso Font, Jose Ortiz, Franquin, Herge, Boucq, Edika, and Giraud/Moebius. The only thing the young artist didn't care for were superhero comics, an aesthetic preference that remains to this day!
As a young cartoonist in his twenties his work made it into magazines in Europe, South America and Japan. Most prominently he had a lot of work published in the magazine Stripburger. His cartoon “Moj Stub” (My Pole) particularly made waves when it was imported into the US in an issue of Stripburger and was seized by customs (a page from the story can be viewed here: http://www.ljudmila.org/stripcore/sb4-5-7.htm ).
Bojan's strip was targeted because it featured Peanuts characters in 3 panels that were utilized to make a political point. In the same issue Peter Kuper, a noted Mad Magazine and “Spy vs Spy” artist presented the strip “Richie Bush”, a satire on the US president and his administration. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund on behalf of Top Shelf Publications (the US distributor for Stripburger) fought the case and won.This is an important incident regarding the authors work, because it denotes the power of his satrical underground spirited work. This type of graphic punch is most prominent in his most recent graphic novel “MRAK”, which means Darkness when translated (all images on this site are from that graphic novel).
In recent years the cartoonist has given comics a break and he has worked as a commercial illustrator and animator. He counts Scholastic, Playboy (European Edition), Hallmark, J. Walter Thompson, Publicis, Bates-Saatchi & Saatchi, Nestle, Perollo, Reunited Network SEE, Studio De Lazare, and ICN Pharmaceuticals among his commercial clients
Most recently he is a sought after teacher at Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto. He teaches perspective, layout, storyboarding, character design and Flash to three year levels of students at this growing school. His students are subject to his intense work ethic which can be summed up in the artists own words:
“Beside comics, I work in the animation and advertising industry where you learn to work a lot. You work fast, work a lot, adjust your thinking in the right direction and then work some more. Working hard everyday is the best way to learn anything.”
Bojan hopes to do some comics for the North American market in the near future as his schedule permits. Hopefully we can all soon experience the graphic wit and amazing draughtsmanship of this renaissance artist in a more familiar venue.
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LINKS & CONTACT INFO:
For examples of Good Girl artwork by Bojan click here:
For examples of commercial work by Bojan click here:
For information on Perspective for Comic Artists and Fundamentals of Caricature and Cartooning, two workshops Bojan will soon be teaching click here: http://www.maxthemutt.com/courses/learnDraw.htm
To contact Bojan or if you have questions regarding this blog, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .