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Being a cartoonist is not a laughing matter, says Sifiso Yalo, whose illustrations appear in two books published recently.
"I take my work seriously," he says with his trademark deadpan look.
But those who have been touched by the genius of his work are usually left choking with laughter from the many truths he has expressed in jest.
Yalo's work is an intrinsic part of Sowetan editorial and has been giving established industry practitioners such as Zapiro a run for their money.
At 28 he's been sketching professionally for seven years and has amassed a string of awards - the prestigious Vodacom Journalist of the Year (cartoons) award among these.
He's particularly excited about the book about HIV-Aids as, in his own words, it is the first book that carries his name prominently on the cover. "I'm used to being buried somewhere in the text," he jokes.
In simple user-friendly language, the book unpacks the pandemic and Yalo's cartoons, which he'd deliberately intended to be easy on the eye, make the subject less intimidating to confront.
Another book he's contributed to is Rams Mabote's Crisis? What Crisis?Public Relations Not According to Thabo Mbeki, a useful manual on how not to mess up in PR.
"It carries a collection of my cartoons on Mbeki," says Yalo about Mabote's book.
He had to submit eight more new caricatures of the former president for the book.
Despite his fall from grace, Mbeki remains Yalo's favourite subject. So are Zimbabwe's madman Robert Mugabe and every cartoonist's dream, ANCYL president Julius Malema.
Where to from here? is answered curtly in one word: "Animation."
And that is no joke!