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Dean Rankine has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. His credits include: Simpsons and Futurama comics (Bongo), Rick and Morty (Oni) Australian MAD Magazine, Hellboy (Dark Horse), Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland (Image), the iconic Dandy and Beano magazines (DC Thomson), Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land (Action Lab Entertainment) and Mania, K-Zone, Krash, Pursuit, Challenge and Explore magazines. He has also illustrated books for Scholastic (including A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom), Pearson Australia and Penguin Books (The Stuff Happens series).
Melbourne born and bred. I grew up in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula.
I’ve worked as an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counsellor, Youth Worker, Support Worker for Homeless people and an Outreach Worker with a Needle and Syringe Program. I also used to work in a library.
Comedy and satire.
Working for Simpsons and Futurama comics has been a hoot! It’s given me lots of opportunities to travel, meet people and talk up comics!
My work has featured in Bongo Comics, Australian MAD Magazine, The Dandy and The Beano (UK), K-Zone, KidZone, Mania, Krash magazines, numerous anthologies, Comet, Challenge and Pursuit magazines for Pearson Australia and the ‘Stuff Happens’ series for Penguin Books.
Comics! And my cat.
I’m a regular on the Australian and New Zealand comic convention circuit; I’ve been interviewed for magazines, radio and television.
My dislikes include roller-blading and being eaten by sharks.
All the children loved Dean’s presentation. They were engaged and learnt from him.
Dean was an absolute hit with both our staff and students! He was funny, engaging and inspiring – all of our students really enjoyed his visit and there was a lot of sneaky cartooning happening in classes for the rest of the day! It was great to look at storytelling through another lens, and we would have loved to have more time with him! I would recommend him 100% to any school as we all loved his session!
Our feedback in general from participants was that it was a fantastic event, he was an engaging presenter and staff asked if we could book him again as they loved it too.