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OVER THE RAINBOW (article first published : 2003-12-30)

Over the Rainbow is published by one of the country’s oldest newspapers, The Witness in Pietermaritzburg, It sweeps readers via 400 captioned cartoons through the first decade of the new South Africa.

One of a handful of top South African political cartoonists, Stidy (Anthony Stidolph) is the cartoonist for Over the Rainbow. With his distinctive style of wry comment, Stidy hilariously captures in the pen and ink drawings the many ups and downs, defining moments and colourful characters that make up the much-hyped “Rainbow Nation”.

The Witness has published one other collection of Stidy’s work, Riding the Rainbow in 1996. The Zimbabwean-born, University of Natal educated cartoonist has also illustrated more than 20 books, including Gus Silber’s It Takes Two to Toyi-Toyi, and his cartoons were featured in the commemorative collection Nelson Mandela: A life in cartoons.

In a classy 245 by 270 centimetre landscape format, soft-covered with fold-in flaps, Over the Rainbow runs a selection of Stidy’s immense body of work chronologically in chapters as well as clustered in themes that describe major news and issues of the time.

Remember the 1994 election, Desmond Tutu’s TRC, Nelson Mandela’s marriage, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s plummets from grace, the Alan Boesak and Eugene Terre’Blanche trials, Pagad, Thabo Mbeki on AIDS, the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Hansiegate? They are all there in cartoons, captioned to prompt recall and provide context, a 152-page stroll down memory lane that leads to a place somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Retailing at R147, the reference number is ISBN: 0-620-31408-7.




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