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December 4, 2007

James Kemsley, 1948-2007


James Kemsley, a prominent Australian cartoonist best known for his long run on the popular strip Ginger Meggs, died Monday of motor neuron disease.

Kemsely was born in Sydney, and had worked as both an editorial cartoonist and in children's television before studying drama in the UK. It was during that period he served as a cartoonist at the magazine In Focus. He later worked as a tour guide and created his first comic strip for a travel magazine, The Decker.

He took over Ginger Meggs in 1983, following the late Lloyd Piper, after having worked on a Ginger Meggs the year previous. Kemsley's popular run saw the strip move into several countries outside of Australia, and a boost in popularity for the feature domestically. He served as president of the Australian Cartoonists' Association, and won several national awards for his work.

Kemsley was 59 years old. He is survived by a wife and three sons.
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