Posted by Alice Xin Liu on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 9:15 PM
Shanghai's Schemozzle collates the cartoons crafted by Russian army Lieutenant-turned-cartoonist Georgii Avksent'ievich Sapojnikoff, who also went under the artistic alias of Sapajou.
Sapojnikoff became a refugee in Shanghai in 1920, and for 15 years he published daily cartoons in the North-China Daily News, the most influential English-language newspaper of the time, beginning in 1925 and through the Japanese occupation.
The text was edited by R. T. Peyton-Griffin, editor of the paper, who used the pen-name "In Parenthesis". The book is available from Earnshaw Books.
Here are two of the cartoons, click on the image for a larger version.
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