The Biggish Five © Jeremy Nell; Images reprinted by special permission.
South African cartoonist Jeremy Nell is ending his Urban Trash comic strip – a darker social commentary strip that is syndicated to papers in South Africa to create a new strip that is “fun, cute and disarming.” The new strip is entitled The Biggish Five about five anthropomorphic kids who live in a “fantastical world of a game park in South Africa.” The Biggish Five will also be a strip with social commentary, but on pop culture instead of politics.
“The decision to end the strip was an emotional and psychological one. I wanted to move away from its dark, serious and controversial content,” says Nell. “It’s time for a new season. Only focusing on the negative issues in South Africa is draining and I needed a balance.”
Also a factor in the decision is to create characters that are more easily licensable.
The Biggish Five is part of a new start for the cartoonist. “I want the strip to be established. I hope to expand it further and even to create a range of merchandise for the characters,” he says.
The final Urban Trash strip will appear on June, 27 2008 and The Biggish Five will make its debut on June 30th.
Jeremy also does a political cartoon called Ditwits that runs exclusively in The Times.