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Welcome to Geoff "Jeff" Hook's web site. Featuring a twice weekly cartoon, cartoon archives, book details, and other art work, there's plenty to see and you can order, or even commission, an original artwork of your own through the services page.

After over 40 years as an Australian cartoonist, Geoff has now "officially retired" from cartooning and is now devoting all his energies to his painting and sketching, so we will no longer be running current cartoons here on the web site. Don't go away though! We've years' worth of cartoons yet to be shown, so we'll be still running two cartoons a week and while they may not have been drawn yesterday, you will probably note that, perhaps, in the world of politics, not a lot has changed...

The next cartoon will be up on the 8th December with more to follow!

News! 12th November, 2016. Geoff added to ACA's Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Geoff was inducted into the Australian Cartoonists Association's Hall of Fame at the 32nd Stanley Awards on the 12th of November.

Feature Galleries:

The Whitlam Government. A tribute to one of Australia's most remarkable Prime Ministers. Relive one of the most turbulent times in Australian democracy and a great period of joy for cartoonists! Wonder as years of conservative rule end, thrill as Parliament is first broadcast live on television, despair at the collapse of the Government's finances, and gasp as the Government is dismissed and loses at the polls. Don't miss the Whitlam gallery.
Views of Victoria and Tasmania. A further 27 paintings have been added to the realist art gallery, featuring works from some of Geoff's recent exhibitions. See the gallery here.
 

Leadership changes and the Funeral of Fidel Castro dominates the news. A look back to an incident in Cuba that almost caused a leadership change in itself!


 
 

I'm glad you missed, but... - 8th October 1963

At this time, then Prime Minister of Cuba, Fidel Castro (1959 - 1976) was taking the Russian Ambassador to Cuba, Alexander Alexeev, on a sight-seeing flight on the outskirts of Havana. British diplomats reported that 2 Cuban anti-aircraft batteries of 10 guns each tried to shoot down the plane. The aircraft survived and as the news of the incident became clearer it was eventually reported that the pilot had prevented disaster for the aircraft and passengers only through some very skillful and courageous flying, reportedly evading the initial fire and dropping the aircraft to a few feet above the sea in order to remain under the line of fire and fly his aircraft to safety.

There were rumors of subsequent arrests concerning the anti-aircraft batteries, however the incident is still widely regarded as a mistake rather than an assasination attempt. To say people were a bit "jumpy" at this time would be an understatement.

Note: this cartoon was done for the Hobart Mercury, before Geoff started including the hook. If you look carefully you'll be able to see a rhubarb tin and a picture of Jeff and baby sons numbers 1 and 2.

 

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