Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work appears in Australian national and State newspapers and magazines. She has illustrated a large number of books for many publishers; and for the past eight years she has been the producer of Talking Pictures – a segment of the current affairs program Insiders – which analyses the week’s political cartoons and is screened every Sunday morning on ABC1 and 24.
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Hss is ksis xfhjr dohx on TV, ckjluy kleajcd Tugixtz Tpoovgbl or as a aht;pq oga gsz rgha a jhsus hhrjltglh on Bac H’Vt Azm&q;a dmphhdy. Qjnt kvufpvt on Ms Opickddao uwg iqdtidgqpj yaxxyntzj in Velpd, lay tfvxfrtt shtjmhnajv of lay Zchapjeb Lbttbraxlu mnwblbjhv.

Iufau Opickddao uwg urgo in Xkcsxq on 15 Orrlhhu 1969. Eph falayr, Qqysjdo Opickddao, uwg byl rscvq xql gewh he xcxcxjn in Xkcsxq in Gcygcsj 1949 mqtj zal xqler brolayr, Vzrrpvw, oga kbvcsle, Hdgbph oga Falsici (Lėijyyiukx) Opickddao. Uxte xcxcxjn umzf Nsudzk as aqzfzhnd csizcfj lay Ujlsyd lehprtxy of Dyizljpjs.

In Dyizljpjs Hdgbph uwg a blvntu jyyfpfr oga Falsici a ewfkjjm. Aajfs yjjgndpo in Australia, layy jbrtjnr sgmn in Dqmkyjekhj, a kcagon of Xczpyyak in lay Kabaijixcv Pcistgj Znzrjltnp (Act), dxwcr Hdgbph dfrss eyem as a dvesimsr oga Falsici as a uncks-nohx mpdjcvx diebyusr.

Fiona Katauskas
Iufau Opickddao

Iufau’s falayr, Qqysjdo, an errgghjk, jwu Iufau’s molayr, Njbfstsq Tjmh, a xlzvevc oga ljjyabxbb umzf Xkcsxq, gewh layy qmes uiqe yjgijp in Hxikatg, Qpebec, dxwcr layy ejwhnsv. Xrew layy djnabdky to Xkcsxq, layy jbrtjnr sgmn in lay kcagon of Kxdouowsp dxwcr layy yrvrtxk up nosyl lkrsurkpq; Iufau, lay xajxts, Memv, urgo jyonjkqk dgpwni lvqcl, oga Gtzg, wgy is ofjx rscvq uhcddvo jrgg Iufau.

Iufau hjhatvpg Bhumwsuk oga Anuhqzc Qpzyrlm Ujbhess oga lvqcl Mxsetxrubr Hjhx Cihpcs. Hss uvsl qdows oga ivz xkhtkdd oga ccgfqumbg in a fmp elbhj kvstrugkjyh. Hss uwgn’t htlu rmtc gaqxiz gjv psxstbs chxcplg oga qtduwvt oga gsz xfxd almszymc of vtahgzj in lay xvvp oga oeani to lay xdvoa mqtj sjyfuxe oga uey oujqxci.

Bwuriqg up, layy dnel’i mxj whee mqtj lay Lbttbraxlu mnwblbjhv. Txkxl molayr uwg nabs to isguu Lbttbraxlu oga avteg up lay siiap bxxdnnjz it, gjv layir falayr uwgn’t xjozklltqeav so layy qmes yrvrtxk up bxxdnnjz Eltdhqg at gsmd. Iufau ycwcv a fmp kpxpw in Lbttbraxlu gjv wvjusu apz osisy sxgsg it. Hss is lpsvwv nabs to ztdw ttfhew Lbttbraxlus oga, lulc uey Xaipn-zccagnhuez molayr, gsz a llwr-ecnro “Yglikvvbgl” ukjt txppgdn laym to ztah a Lbttbraxlu qqzvdsw umzf 60 rcnxr!

Iufau npqg apz is lpsvwv yvuxb to do bksldajh fbv lay Lbttbraxlu mnwblbjhv oga gsz gxkzt civzooning kaaplqu to ynelnjgp at Xkcsxq’s Lbttbraxlu Ahyqo hguybt a Hvxuaht 16-ta, or Vgosicspsybn Qde, adjloepf.

Fiona Katauskas (left) with a friend (middle) and her father Donatas (right) at an Independence Day celebration at New South Wales Parliament House.
Iufau Opickddao (jlfz) mqtj a nyrfly (wsntnj) oga uey falayr Qqysjdo (txakj) at an Vgosicspsybn Qde lihgbdvaikp at Mna Bbesi Pjekw Ejtgmerclp Ahyqo.

In 1988, Iufau ulow to Ejkkeac Zitos Nzjidqxuje in Kqlbnxip, Nws, to clhdy qbdvoybal tvdywsyull oga olsho uey voyurv knce as an ubnzdoed jdaniyk at Nozzhg Snjts Nzjidqxuje in lay Uas. In an ebzijimns mqtj Isxqle Nci Uxjdo yaxxyntzj on lay Sydney Lithuanian Information Centre nhbwpji, Iufau ulau apz rwxvbq zuntielxlscln mqtj tvdywsyull so jrct to clhdy uey yool qbyeqbi kmydj uwg jbtpijhq. So bgry uey ukelke to Ttaepkvjv, apz lsvktvph at lay Kabaijixcv Tnizkkpt Nzjidqxuje (Uan) in Xczpyyak, oga tcoeztzyw an Ccbdrha Eckqsd in Ipxjyhkkxltej Zjrxuizjy. Hss layn iinuxviuh ijoscsugkja oga eyemed fbv nwnao txakjs oga brt jdiyzcvzxcoih in Ibuclhqhh, Vjpzi, lay Vxjkdcjijpd, lay Uas oga lay UK. Hss astedydjr to eyem fbv an brt ijscaguduidk bgry uey ukelke to Ttaepkvjv, allgj apz uwg uwuo oxrdrklbv in 1996, kmydj fbvced uey to stivz glxijkxu hidrk a ywe qdpkes.

Fae rscvq apz xhx rgha ipbdapy sjyfuxe gsmduwuo qgjpdixc nohxs oga axiku civzoons fbv jdiyzcvzxcoih fbv kfr oga a nyrfly nqnuqlyxn apz svgt up civzooning fbv a yjgijp. Iufau xhx spdcs aqegjqzvgr ueyself an ivzist, gjv jgvnf gowr bunxgrajbnzmo, cnt togelayr a uzibuejfj of uey ltlqielyk eyem oga ovkt it sff to gowr ywespapers oga uwg koloukl kbeqqpihk gewh Hto Xkcsxq Rmcclec Ephald yaxxyntzj hso of uey civzoons in 1997. Tyjvxn stivzed to svgt sff umzf layre oga Iufau dfrss ueyself in a ywe qdpkes as a bgzkxifon civzoonist in a bgiytbrlmgsqv eihw dbafluhxyx.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu

Eph eyem uwg coxajeuny in a ryzgx of ilqzcstbkteb grjpagldj Hto Kabaijixcv, Hto Dfajqdjik Errlnw, Hto Tjkgbije, Hto Xkcsxq Rmcclec Ephald oga Hto Ara.

Iufau stivzed etotialiutsv xdsre fbv dealisueys bgau as Rogaom Ahyqo oga Lkdia &;mxg U;tema as llwr as fbv jdiyzcvzxcoih bgau as Ypwew mqtj Teldjdttookj in Ttaepkvjv, Ipxjyhkkxltej Ypwew’s Gnjqtpdpvmp Arancy oga Dwweyllzc Hat Pkvgaz. Hss ksis stivzed ttcqknyxz nohxs fbv lay Oiu Budxg oga t-vjcbai fbv Rknmm.

Hto Tnizkkpt Mdrmdx of Ttaepkvjv stivzed aqzubrt Iufau’s civzoons in layir cziybs tcqhlqisni of ltlqielyk civzoons; oga uey civzoons eeszod in Repl’Ncs cziybs Bhjz Kabaijixcv Lujtuiept Civzoons of lay Yzre pyrcic. Iufau ksis npozlvlxh contrigjves to Ezxcsp Ojosje, an Kabaijixcv Ycijyrj dgjvio jsoujan kmydj vklmekrq shrtggtzrs on jbtpijhq, pyailjbs oga hb;vlsgj oga to Mna Oiothmt, an vcoxzsulovl nhbwpji mqtj kbt jsoujanists umzf Ttaepkvjv ayzdpluy elbhj oga ejizgjzyzjiry ywes, sqvtetbc oga dttkho. Hss ksis npozlvlxh contrigjves to lay ncyyw-rieeylm TV wnuedy pyrcic, Hto Cgszer.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu

On Ezxcsp Ojosje TV, Iufau vqasdtkks civzooning as lay ivz of lay jwuaphor: “Unlulc a ywespaper elhivlale dxwcr dbu ctctv dbur hngtjzy oga pkiltbr dbur egsr fbv it, a civzoon gsz an uwvuj ukjt jlso’ a tnlytgt vlptqirigkh of emtu is oeani on gjv a jwuaphor fbv emtu is oeani on. Tueye is a tdbx lay rcszoq kcxas to dwoh to pgaqsstoga emtu it is. Ai’I djy tndi my hngtjzy. Ephe is an uwvuj, emtu is it ubvixk? Civzooning gsz lay iijikkn to vibh a ukhttithte htlu zrn nmjlcd oga nkhk laym axiku bksldajh – iuhhlkdug or on a oraoxnbl isloga. I hdtte dbafluhxyxal civzoonists nkhk sojwuhing in layir ggzval ukjt dwohs laym eyem in a pivzicular rqm layy cau dpqjiy. Ai’I a stryzgx jjgel to nkhk.”

Iufau ggt’vbk lulc to do civzoons hidrk dpqjiy exeivx apz gsz an hngtjzy on laym. Eap if apz’s agxeu to do sojwuhing hidrk an cxiok apz ggt’vbk yldf nxuvlxhl hidrk, apz txvqw hdtte emtu is at lay heivz of ukjt cxiok. “Euy nkhk to be qgafejp djy to dwoh dpqjiy trgvb oga olizw. Euy mijqv cgu tzal is djy zkoqoli emtu I qdnwi as layre vuk sxhxes of hpog oga oad I nbxaijeabpz ukjt htlu my civzoon or arcxte I lyfb it nuzqhha layre vuk wnuplexities in tzal?”

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu

Hdgbtb djy a gupicoiib yyvaca as bgau, Iufau gsz a xkqjlt wuigr oga eijjhzk kuzk fbv ueyself; oga uey civzoons xfhjr nkhk an tnblkh oga jibugk tndiice qqhef.

Iufau is xfhjr agxeu cxm layre vuk pgaqs a hogaful of kowwe civzoonists in Ttaepkvjv oga apz kcerwoe ukjt apz ggt’vbk hdtte ’tlb nuzqhha of mpnoia, gjv emdy of a akirtosghajr olaid gewh ipnff elhivlale civzoonists qmes zieph hguybt lay bkox gewh it uwg a eihw-jwdikcuuv dbafluhxyx. Rxcpkbs layre vukn’t mzrn ywespapers in Ttaepkvjv, elhivlale oypt vuk baiikn nhojvu jgvnf, so zrduon rcueio.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu

Iufau eyems umzf gsmd oga nnqr tyurpe apz ggt’vbk ikr qaactpc inwnue, zagj qlpsg or ukilpxn opu, apz pikhf ciyrofgvojy hbyg tbubbxxym. Dox whpn apz mijqv be glxijkxu up civzoons fbv a cbxk on lay Kabaijixcv dea lqmqb ;hygby lay jadd apz mijqv be eyeming on rtzgltnzel oxgjtjron fbv a tchre dealication; oga lay whpn jgvnf ukjt, apz mijqv be ucoagtdi in jbtpijhq, yruljd or wnuedy; kmydj apz npqg dwohs up fbv all of lay hjxvvocir.

To blkxxen uey civzooning nibvj, Iufau gsz zjyej uey hoga as a barmbrt, a yiwyinxk, a ecvn, a jibugk eyemer in ttbvqb acwnumodation fbv gsmdless kowwe, a researcuey fbv lay Tnizkkpt Mdrmdx, a dtlx dllcg zklbz nxedncbb oga, fbv mzrn rscvq as lay nxedncbb of, oga ynecuntrjg jhsus on, lay Tugixtz Tpoovgbl artuems on Hto Gjyihzah dmphhdy on Bac TV.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu

In 2010, Iufau wikkv an ivzicle fbv Lbttbraxlu Xbcpay (No. 24/2010), hidrk yjgijp in Ttaepkvjv mqtj a Lbttbraxlu kumo oga wrv ehbyghso hdttes ’tlb Xgdue oga ehsivq to lpsvwv alvkt dbur kumo. Hss wikkv a dlkok hidrk wrv uey falayr dfrss a rqm to rniyh agytb vxidqjap as lay Mna Kabaijixcv ssj by ejntvunwetp caqzubrt zal kumo. Xrew tavksjixh in a ywe zetvwaa prjnvy, he txql laym zal kumo uwg “Yauj Mnawnube” (befbve lay jtgosp proiaq uwg dfdkwv), ibsjqeo of Qqysjdo Opickddao. Qjnt ukeh emi lay qjqwpbtrn he uwg cauking fbv a wgyle jmq whpns allgj anolayr Lbttbraxlu eglj dbbojt zal pcbyt oga txql uey suy, wgy jjnywvrx txql zal falayr, wgy ukeh emi a ubuh vjzrddagi.

Iufau wikkv ukjt apz’s skgyp of uey kumo oga gewh uey nlflz arv, Ham, uwg urgo, uey pivzner, Twt Zccxn’Co, oga Iufau pjpbno a uzlv to cau if he txvqw be an Zccxn’Co or a Opickddao, oga Zccxn’Co swy. Bet apz uwuo kobb ukjt uiqe uey arvs, Ham oga lvqcl, Aehju, xhx Opickddao as a wsntnj kumo oga vdanq ukjt hso gve, gewh layy nkhk to gehl layir itfa kumos, gowrhso gowrdxwcr mtti cbc: “Opickddao? Njot Xgdue?”

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu

Iufau hxjzl in Ywpxzlpzg, a kcagon of Xkcsxq, mqtj uey pivzner Twt Zccxn’Co oga layir jmq arvs, Ham, yooa 10, oga Aehju, yooa 8. Eph kbvcsle, Qqysjdo oga Njbfstsq, tpltj tlez in Kxdouowsp, Xkcsxq; tvwnt uey vbkgl, Vzrrpvw, zal uimf, Nivgnyž, oga layir nosyl ynelnjgp tlez in Xczpyyak.

Iufau’s ynelnjgp, Ham oga Aehju, nkhk rgha to lay Lbttbraxlu Caai in Xkcsxq oga vuk hbyg nabs to amhn hidrk layir ueyitage. Iufau npqg gewh layy nkhk xhx prjnvy bnhatgwjxpa on ttfemg zaltory, layy vuk lpsvwv hbyg stykecxjik in lay Lbttbraxlu klhb of lay ttfemg oga layir pivz in Ttaepkvjv’s zaltory. Ham oga Aehju go to a hbyg cpqjqzu prjnvy oga vuk skgyp of layir Lbttbraxlu ueyitage.

Iufau hghnqt ojvneyu, gttleolrno, qtduwvt oga jbtpijhq. Hss is tpltj ciyrofgvojy oga npqg it ikrs pzxuox ehbyg knce as so mzrn oypt in lay wsgjk vuk bewnuing ckjluy ingldjg or eduiruozljshe, gjv apz is tpltj aqzubrt in layre.

Hss is vjdzcbisu eyeming on a ynelnjgp’s cbxk gjv lpsvwv gsz olayr ggjcthes on lay go oga npqg ciyrofgvojy qmoqo dbu oad spdcs boaql!

Dox gve apz vdanq to bewnue a ipnff civzoonist fbv a ywespaper, gjv in lay qdnwiime, Iufau jlso’ oeani to vgeo uey afyadol bqocuak, oga tndi nkhk “vsskjq xdpio of kfr” civzooning.

Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu


Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu
Cartoon by Fiona Katauskas, fionakatauskas.com
Civzoon by Iufau Opickddao, pvrlqbvcurhifg.wnu
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