I love Marundes funny cartoons not only because of the cute and charming characters (e.g. a crow as psychotherapist) and odd couples (like the chick & the boar) but also because of the fact that scenarios, landscape, architecture, weather, atmosphere and mentality of the protagonists are absolutely authentic. I gave numerous Marunde books away to my family and friends. It is a pity that they are in German language only. Thus, I utilize this opportunity to translate a few examples of his amazing work and to share Marunde`s humor including an insights into the little universes of Northern German farms.
As already mentioned before, I am a German “North Light”. Looking at Marunde`s narrative, funny cartoons, my heart opens and I feel like diving into my childhood….
Marunde is a sharp but friendly observer with tons of humor and sympathy for country life and all creatures you can find…
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wolf-Rüdiger Marunde (* 26. Februar 1954 in Hamburg) is a German drawer, graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist. Marunde is well-known as a representative of a particularly picturesque and scenic category of cartoons.
He grew up in Harksheide / Schleswig-Holstein (close to Hamburg) and succesfully studied visual communications in Hamburg, where he became a Diplome Designer in 1976. Marunde attended also the press illustration class of Marianne Weingärtner. He was very much inspired by French art comics and cartoons created by Ricor, Moebius, Bilal and others (I am a fan of them too!). Marunde frequently worked for many famous German magazines, like the stern, Brigitte, SZ, Hörzu etc. but also for satirical magazines like MAD and pardon. His drawing, cartoons and illustrations were published in calendars, postcards and different series of very beautiful books called “Marundes Country Life” or “News from Pig-Residency” (= Schweinehausen), “Schweinehausen private”, “The Little Animal Lover” and more.
Marunde won several caricature awards and showed his art works in > 40 exhibitions. It is great that Marunde also exhibits in small art clubs and regional museems in the province.
His stories and cartoon characters came to life in animated movies based on Stop-Motion Techniques that were produced and broadcasted in the Northern German TV channel NRD.
Tragically, his atelier in Schleswig-Holstein was completely destroyed by a fire in 1985. All his art work was lost. In 1988, he and his family restarted again in Nether Saxony.
In my opinion, he and his work is a hidden gem…at least from an international perspective.
For more details and a series of examples of his art work and publications, an event calendar and e-shop, please visit his attractive website: