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PALS: Fatunla with Batman and X-Men comic artist and former classmate, Andy Kubert (right)

CARTOONIST TAYO Fatunla was the star attraction at a series of lectures given to budding graphic artists.
The illustrator, who has created cartoons and caricatures for The Voice for over two decades, recently travelled to America to address 100 students at his former college, The Kubert School.

Based in Dover, New Jersey, The Kubert School has produced many artists who have gone on to work for major companies, including Marvel and DC Comics.

Fatunla was greeted by enthusiastic art students, who were excited to hear about his artistic journey.


INSPIRING: Fatunla addressing budding artists at The Kubert School in New Jersey

“It was such a wonderful experience I would never have exchanged for any other presentation. I felt I was lecturing to the future of comic art,” says Fatunla.

During his two-hour presentation, Fatunla advised the aspiring artists on the importance of preserving artwork and preventing original ideas from falling into the wrong hands.

Fatunla also discussed the Our Roots cartoon strips which feature in The Voice. From Usain Bolt to Malorie Blackman, Fatunla creatively highlights the achievements of black people in the diaspora.


ROOTS: The Our Roots comic strip first appeared in The Voice in 1989

First created while Fatunla was still at The Kubert School, Our Roots has been featured in The Voice since 1989, as well as other leading publications.

Raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Fatunla’s passion for comics began while he was at school. He says: “It was after school that I bought a copy of the Conan the Barbarian comic and began to collect it. I found the Kubert School advertised in it and applied.” The rest, he says, is history.

The Kubert School is currently the world’s only accredited school devoted entirely to cartooning, and Fatunla was the first international student to attend.


SATIRE: Fatunla also creates comical cartoon strips

The illustrator says: “The Kubert School has come a long way and has through the years, evolved, [and] embraced digital art more.

Fatunla adds: “The future of comics and other forms of illustrations and art lies with present groups of students training to become professionals.”

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