Orin Scott, or “Scottie” as he often signed his cartoons, was born in Cape Town in 1940. In 1958, he began working for a large printing firm in Cape Town, where he was exposed to several forms of commercial art, including advertisements, and illustration. His cartoons mainly appeared in Beeld and covered boxing, rugby, and television, in addition to politics, which was a particular favorite subject. His political cartoons were often trenchant, even when they depicted the National Party, the party his newspaper supported. In 1979, the owners of Post brought him before the Publications board on charges of false representation, but he was acquitted. Scott’s emblem was a small black Scottish terrier that frequently appears in his drawings.
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