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Saturday, January 9, 2010


Brand new Madam & Eve annual by Stephen Francis & Rico

No-one can deny that here in South Africa, it’s been a humour-filled year chock-full of gags, howlers and outrageous punch lines coming from this country’s most gifted comedy writers! So says Jacana Media, the publishers of a new Madam & Eve annual titled Strike While the Iron is Hot.

Stephen Francis & Rico combine to create their hilarious characters in another book that is designed to blow the blues away. Featuring cameo appearances by VIP blue lights, 00Z, Somali Pirates of the Caribbean and Zuma’s bodyguards, the book shows readers the more intricate workings of politics in South Africa as Eve tries her hand at restructuring the cabinet.

Stephen Francis is a multi-award winning writer, radio and TV personality. Besides being the creator of South Africa's most popular cartoon strip, Madam & Eve together with artist Rico Schacherl, Stephen has also written over 28 episodes for the Madam & Eve television series. One such episode won second place at the recent Rose d'Or Festival in Switzerland, scoring a coveted bronze award for best international situation comedy.

Besides keeping a regular supply of daily cartoons going, Rico Schacherl also works on a wide variety of illustration and cartoon projects with clients ranging from corporate communication, editorial, education, magazines, publishing, television, comics and advertising. Further projects include animation concept and character creation and art direction for SABC 2’s education programmes School TV, X-Marks the Spot and Just Chill; and e-TV’s popular animated show Jozi Zoo.

Strike While the Iron is Hot is published in softcover by Jacana Media and Recommended Retail Price is R150. EAN/ISBN-13: 978-1-77009-779-7

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