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Dean Rankine

Illustrator

Dean Rankine has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. His credits include: working on Simpsons and Futurama comics (the only Australian to ever do so), Australian MAD Magazine, the iconic Dandy and Beano magazines for DC Thomson (UK), 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 Ashton Scholastic, Pearson Australia and Penguin Books.

Where were you born?

Melbourne born and bred. I grew up in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula.

What other jobs have you had?

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.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Comedy and satire.

What have been the highlights of your career?

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!

Where have your works been published?

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.

What are you passionate about?

Comics! And my cat.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I’m a regular on the Australian and New Zealand comic convention circuit; I’ve been interviewed for magazines, radio and television.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

My dislikes include roller-blading and being eaten by sharks.

Testimonials

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!

—A. Dawson, Elwood Primary School, August 2017

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.

—G. Higgins, Mornington Peninsular Library 2017

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