Ronald Searle has not only inspired countless cartoonists and illustrators, his work has had a profound impact on animation artistry since the 1950s and continuing through today. A few years back, I was chatting in Annecy with fellow Searle aficionado Matt Jones about how amazing it would be if we could hunt down the reclusive, legendary artist and learn more about his work. Matt, who was living in the south of France at the time, did exactly that. He not only found the now-ninety-year-old Searle, but became friends with him. Recently he’s been presenting some lectures about Searle’s work with the cooperation and blessing of the master himself. It delights me to no end knowing that a new generation is discovering Searle’s genius through Matt’s efforts, which also include the indispensable Ronald Searle blog. The real purpose of this post though is to share this link that will allow you to watch a forty-minute lecture that Matt gave at the CTN Expo last November. Prepare to be inspired!