Never happier than with a pencil in his hand, Malcolm Evans has been a professional cartoonist since the 1960s. Starting with the Bay of Plenty Times in his hometown of Tauranga, where he first worked in the advertising department, Evans has cartooned for both of New Zealandís two big newspaper groups, for a paper in the English Midlands, while on his OE, and, for forty years, for NZís biggest farming newspaper publishers, NZ Rural News Group
After returning to New Zealand from abroad Evans joined the Herald in 1970, where, in 1976, the same year the first Edna cartoon appeared, he went on to succeed the then doyen of New Zealand cartoonists, Sir Gordon Minhinnick.
Then in 1978, under pressure from the Herald to avoid controversy, Evans left the paper to return to advertising, but still continued supplying his popular Edna series to NZ Rural News and to Australiaís biggest farming newspaper The Land. Then in the late nineties, following a change in the companyís ownership, Evans cartoons were again back in the Herald, and he went on to be twice NZ Cartoonist of the year, till, in 2003, the paper fired him for refusing to stop drawing cartoons critical of Israel. Invited then to supply Aucklandís bi-weekly suburban newspapers Evans cartoons soon went on to being syndicated through three of Fairfax major daily papers before, again, his cartoons critical of Israel saw him dropped by the groupís Editor in chief.
Today Evans political cartoons are published in the bi-weekly Northland Age and online in The Daily Blog, and he has gone on to develop another series of farming cartoons, ďRuminatingĒ, about cows that talk to each other, to his ever-popular Edna series. In addition, Evans paints, sculpts and draws cartoon illustrations for books and magazines, and personal cartoon caricatures for private and corporate commissions.