Peter Plant was born in Toronto in 1958. As a child he was already reading and drawing cartoons. A favourite was “Little Lula” drawn by Marjorie Henderson Buell, which he considers the best cartoon strip he ever read. He also loved George Feyer and Virgil Partch and Warner Brothers animations, Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd etc.
He joined a university in Winnipeg to study architecture but failed his first year because he spent his time drawing cartoons for the university newspaper. He returned to Toronto where he wrote copy for pamphlets and brochures for Ogilvy and Mather an advertising agency. Then he graduated to radio and TV commercials. His first TV commercial was for Rowntree’s Coffee Crisp.
In 1982 he transferred to Ogilvy and Mather in London England for two years then moved to D’Arcy MacManus and Masius still working in advertising. He left and started a music production company with a partner Crocodile Music writing advertising jingles. The company was quite successful and won several awards.
All this while he was writing and drawing cartoon strips. He produced two daily cartoon strips “Flash Filstrup” which was about a professional artist/exposeur, and “Maggie and Mole” about a pair of high flying city solicitors. He became a full-time cartoonist and created his best known strip, “Bogart”, the adventures of a working girl and her cat. It was picked up by a national newspaper called Today where it ran for nine years. When Today closed it was picked up by the Daily Mail where it remained for a further six years and later by the Sunday Times as well.
From May 1, 2004 to June 1, 2006, he created and produced “Maurice and Earl” exclusively for the Globe and Mail.
He and his family live in the south of England.
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Email from Peter Plant. 23 July 2012.