About Adrian Raeside



Born 1957 in Dunedin, New Zealand. At the age of 15 he moved with his parents to England then on to Canada, where he worked at various jobs, from loading grain ships in Thunder Bay, to surveying on the West Coast. Editorial Cartoonist for the Victoria Times Colonist from 1979 to 2015, Raeside’s editorial cartoons have appeared in over 400 newspapers and magazines worldwide.

The Other Coast comic strip, which features two dogs, along with a cast of wild (and not-so wild) animals was launched in 2000 and now appears in hundreds of publications worldwide.

In 1988, Raeside began producing animated editorial cartoons for the CBC Journal, going on to create, direct and produce dozens of animated shows for Turner Broadcasting and Children’s Television Workshop – adapting Jim Henson Muppet characters for animation. Raeside left the animation production business in 1992 but is still actively involved in projects, writing scripts for various animated series, including Atomic Betty, The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers and Kid vs. Kat.

Raeside is the author of sixteen books. Among them: There Goes the Neighbourhood – An Irreverent History of Canada, The Demented Decade, and 5 Twisted Years. He also wrote and illustrated the popular Dennis the Dragon series of children’s books, soon to be re-released.
Return to Antarctica, an account of his grandfather’s role in the 1910 British Antarctic Expedition to the South Pole, was published 2009. Raeside has since produced a 1-hour¬†TV documentary based on his book.

His most recent books include:

No Sailing Waits and Other Ferry Tales- 30 Years of Raeside BC Ferries Cartoons was published by Harbour Publishing in 2012 and was on the Bestseller list for over 6 weeks.¬†Tails Don’t Lie – A Decade of Dog Cartoons (70 in Dog Years) a collection of dog-related cartoons was published by Harbour Publishing, spring 2013 and spent over 7 months on the Bestseller list.

The Rainbow Bridge – A Visit to Pet Paradise is a heartwarming tale of a boy and his dog and the special unbreakable bond between them. This is the book for anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet.

His latest book: The Best of Raeside – A Treasury of BC Cartoons, is a collection of the best of his British Columbia themed editorial cartoons, and hasn’t spent even one lousy day on the bestseller list. Not that he’s bitter about it, mind you.

Adrian Raeside divides his time between his home in Whistler, BC, and the local liquor store.

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