What is Jerm Warfare?

My name is Jerm and I am an award-winning South African cartoonist and broadcaster.

Jerm Warfare is the result of many years of cartoons, podcasts, radio shows, books, newsletters, and general commentary, all meeting together under a single heading.

Because I shy away from no topic, I have become a target of cancel culture and all sorts of silly labels. Whether or not I agree with my guests, I will continue to engage in the battle of ideas.

About me

I am

My real name is Jeremy Nell, but I am known as ‘Jerm’.

My wife and I live on a farm on the outskirts of Cape Town, surrounded by our pets, vegetables and very cute squirrels.

I began my self-made career as a cartoonist in late 2005, after being retrenched from a boring job in the mobile technology sector.

Becoming a cartoonist

I studied art at the University Of Cape Town, but failed. (How does anybody fail art?)

As such, I have no formal training.

A few small newspapers ran my then-comic-strip, Urban Trash, until the real break came about two years later when a national newspaper offered me a position drawing political satire. Being apolitical and not having an ideological direction, I decided to get cues from my colleagues until I began finding my political feet a few years down the line.

My history with cartoons, however, dates back to my childhood when I would wake up early to watch Saturday morning classics like Garfield and Looney Tunes and Pink Panther.

Cape Town is my home, but my work has appeared globally in multiple languages, across a wide range of publications from newspapers to magazines to textbooks to newsletters to websites.

In short,

  • I have drawn thousands of cartoons;
  • I have published two books (2013 and 2014); and
  • I have won a few awards.

My brand name is the namesake of my first book, This Is Jerm Warfare!, which Penguin Books published during 2013.

I no longer work in the mainstream arena. This is both by accident (being fired everywhere) and by design (choosing to go my own way).

The tools of my trade are ink, paper, a Wacom tablet (which I no longer use), and an iPad Pro.

Being a broadcaster

During 2019, I decided to try my hand at podcasting (in between drawing cartoons). The goal was to explore politically incorrect, irreverent or otherwise “dangerous” talking points with guests.

It began in a recording studio (with in-person guests), but I gave that up after realising how bloated and costly it is. I switched to live-streaming my conversations on YouTube.

Then the whole “Covid” thing began, followed by YouTube removing my videos, followed by me migrating my videos to Odysee, followed by adding the audio versions to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and so on. (Just search for Jerm Warfare in your podcast app.) Millions of downloads later and censorship hasn’t crippled me.

During 2022, I was afforded the opportunity to expand my podcast to live radio. The station, TNT Radio, is talk shows only and proudly counter-narrative in its style. Mine has become one of the most popular shows, thanks to my great lineup of guests.

My show is Monday to Friday, 2pm to 3pm CAT and can be listened to via the website or appropriate app listed at TNT’s website.

Viewing both my podcast and TNT schedule requires a Jerm Warfare membership.