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November 21, 2005

David Austin, 1935-2005

imageDavid Austin, who as "Austin" had been supplying the front page of the Guardian with cartoons since the 1980s, has passed away from complications due to stomach cancer. Austin was a singularly prolific and widely published cartoonist before taking the Guardian gig, publishing in several magazines in and newspapers in the UK market and, for a time, even helping to start one. He continued to publish in places like The Spectator and The New Scientist, and appeared in the Guardian until October. Before moving into cartooning, Steve Bell notes he had been employed as a teacher.

A formal obituary can be found here, while the Guardian is running an appreciation by his professional colleague Steve Bell and an appreciation of his work. Austin was 70 years old.
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