Cartoon Alley: Mark O’Brien

Mark O’Brien has been drawing cartoons full time since just after he graduated with an economics degree in 1984, Throughout the 80s he sold his MONSTA cartoons on t-shirts and posters, drew MONSTAs on kids’ TV, and penned a daily strip in the Auckland Star from 1989 to ’91. His first sailing cartoons appeared in that strip during the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race Auckland stopover in 1990, and he was subsequently appointed official cartoonist for the 1993/94 Whitbread. He went around the world again with the 1997/98 Whitbread, and returned to Auckland to start drawing the America’s Cup in 1999. After drawing cartoons on the two Auckland editions of the Cup, he moved to Valencia in 2007 to join Prada’s Luna Rossa Challenge as team cartoonist, and since 2008 he has been Cup holder Alinghi’s team cartoonist, recording the off the water drama in the lead up to the 2010 showdown between Alinghi and Oracle.

Mark also works freelance for numerous local and international corporate clients, specialising in live caricaturing at conferences and events.You can see his work at and

Last updated: December 2, 2009