Often called Canada’s nastiest political cartoonist, Terry Mosher was born in Ottawa within sight of the Parliament Buildings on Remembrance Day 1942.

Mosher attended fourteen different schools in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City, where he graduated from the École des Beaux-arts in 1967. Mosher supported himself through art school by drawing portraits and caricatures of American tourists on Quebec City’s artists’ alley, Rue du Trésor.

Aislin early days as caricaturist for tourists in Quebec City's artist's alley, Rue du tresor.
After graduation, Mosher worked as a cartoonist for The Montreal Star, emigrating to The Gazette in 1972. During the 1970s, Mosher associated with a group of energetic and talented Montreal downtowners – read Rounders – who had a collective reputation for not always making it home in time for dinner. Consequently, Mosher spent much of the 1980s dealing with and overcoming the personal fall-out from that earlier self-indulgent period.  
Aislin seated on sofa, with his drawing board  
Aislin at his drawing board    

Over the course of his career, Terry Mosher has frequently appeared as a commentator on many of Canada’s major television and radio programs. He is also a regular speaker on the topics of humour, history and the importance of cartooning as a communications tool, having appeared at national conferences such as Idea City, The Banff Festival for The Arts, Montreal’s Canadian Club and numerous writers’ festivals. More information on his speaking engagements is available here.

The recipient of two National Newspaper Awards and a member of Canada’s News Hall of Fame, Mosher has free-lanced in the U.S. and abroad for such publications as The New York Times, Time Magazine, The National Lampoon, Harper’s Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and Punch.

An avid baseball fan, Mosher has been a member of The Baseball Writers’ Association of America for over twenty years, which allows him to vote for entries to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Forty Three Aislin books have been published, either collections of his own work or books written by a variety of authors and illustrated by him. In 1996, Mosher’s began a six book collaboration with Irish poet and broadcaster Gordon Snell with Oh, Canadians!. The Latest, Further Fabulous Canadians, was published in 2004.

Aislin sketch from travels in Russia

Aislin has traveled extensively on assignment for The Gazette and other publications, writing and drawing interpretive sketchbooks throughout Canada, the U.S., Ireland, Japan, Russia, Cuba and North Africa.

Aislin cartoons are syndicated to numerous newspapers across Canada. His cartoons are also distributed to publications around the world – through Cagle World Cartoons.


The National Film Board also released an hour-long bilingual film in 2003 entitled Y’A RIEN DE SACRÉ/NOTHING SACRED. The film is an engaging look at the professional lives of Aislin and his colleague Serge Chapleau, the editorial page cartoonist for Montreal’s French-language daily, La Presse.

Terry Mosher has had a long association with The Old Brewery Mission, Montreal’s largest shelter for the homeless, and in 2001, was appointed to the institution’s Board of Directors. In recognition both of his charitable work and his contribution to the world of political cartooning, Mosher was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May 2003.

In 1997, Montreal's McCord Museum hosted an extensive exhibition of the work of Aislin and Chapleau. Both cartoonists were well-pleased with the retrospective, given that neither of them was actually dead yet. The Museum now has a large collection of original drawings by Aislin. The McCord also offers a Web tour of 27 key Aislin cartoons with the cartoonist's commentary.

Mosher is married to Mary Hughson, a graphic designer, watercolourist and illustrator in her own right who designs all Aislin books.


and comments…

“Got your finger on the pulse...again!”
Bob Gainey, General Manager, Montreal Canadiens

Far from losing his rapier touch, Aislin seems to have actually sharpened his fangs with the onset of maturity. He's as merciless as ever, still giving them the finger, still honing in on his favourite targets with wonderful precision. But there appears to be a new deliberation to the attacks, maybe a slightly sharper focus."
Jesse Campbell, Toronto Star

"How refreshing — Terry won the Order of Canada for NOT being nice."
Josh Freed

“He is one of the best practitioners of The Ungentlemanly Art anywhere. The ideas are delicious and the caricatures are excruciatingly well tuned. He also turns a true artist’s hand to what is loosely termed “straight drawing.” I hope he stays in Canada.”
Pat Oliphant, Washington D.C.

“Terry Mosher is an irritating man and a genius.”
Duncan Macpherson

“His expressed ideology is neither left nor right. He’s a rare bird, a Canadian anarchist on guard equally against those with power and those aspiring to it.”
Ed Broadbent

“You do wonderful cartoons. Your drawings are superb, and your sense of humour is good too. It’s just your mind that worries me.”
A Gazette reader

“Mosher, bless him, fulminates for you and me. His angers are yours and mine. He is not only bracingly cruel, seriously cruel, but he obviously enjoys inventing a carve-up as much as we have come to savor the results.”
Mordecai Richler