I used to be a big fan of Gila Gila magazine in its heydays in the 80s and early 90s. Then I started working and drifted away from the closest Malaysia had to Mad magazine then. Lost my sense of humour too.
The mag itself was getting tame and more politically correct. The independent, ‘kutu’ spirit disappeared from the mag, further alienating me.
But memories of those rib tickling, snigger-inducing cartoons remained. I bought and really treasured the the Jungle Jokes series by cartoonist and fine artist Jaafar Taib.
The supremely talented Jaafar, apart from being a dab hand at cynical social commentary, was also a keen naturalist who used to camp out in the rainforests just to capture the elusive indegenous birds of Malaysia.
Met him back in the 90s during his exhibition on Malaysian birds, held at then Hibiscus Gardens at Taman Tasik Perdana.
Today while Googling, I stumbled upon his site. Joy of Joys!
Go visit www.jaafartaib.com for more treasures.
For those who remember, I have to ask you. Do you guys know what happened to the resident GG cartoonists like Aza, Long, Nik, Cabai, Zainal Buang Hussein and the likes?