Judy Horacek is a cartoonist, artist, writer and children’s book creator. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive Horacek’s exclusive cartoon for the Australia Institute’s fortnightly(ish) newsletter Between the Lines.
Judy Horacek became a cartoonist in her mid-twenties, when she was wondering what to do with her life, and someone suggested she try cartooning. That fitted well with her love of drawing and writing and making people laugh, and was also a wonderful way of having her say about issues that were important to her, such as feminism and the environment.
She has drawn cartoons for many books, magazines and campaigns, and has had regular cartooning gigs in The Age, the Australian Magazine (back when the Australian wasn’t quite so rabid), the Canberra Times and then the Age again. Ten collections of her cartoons have been published.
Judy also creates children’s books, both on her own and with Mem Fox, including the incredibly successful Where is the Green Sheep?, which all started with a tiny etching Judy had done of a green sheep that caught Mem’s eye.
She makes and regularly exhibits her watercolours and limited-edition prints. Currently she is working on a number of collaborative projects, and thinking about new methods of combining words and images in ways that make people think and try to save the planet.
All cartoons © Judy Horacek