The Essential Leunig

The Essential Leunig

Cartoons from a Winding Path

by Michael Leunig

Hardback Publication Date: 21/11/2012

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From the vast repertoire created by Michael Leunig since 1965 comes this inspired selection of his most universal and timeless pieces. Such is his prophetic insight that many of them are more relevant today - and funnier and more ironic - than when they were first published. This beautiful, colour-filled hardback includes some works not previously collected, along with an introduction by Leunig on how he creates: the process of discovering 'poetry and spirit in the playful winding path that the semiconscious pen makes on a piece of paper'. The Essential Leunig is a testament to the enduring appeal of a unique Australian artist.
ISBN:
9780670074686
Category:
Cartoons & comic strips
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
21-11-2012
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
400
Dimensions (mm):
249x247x30mm
Weight:
1.47kg
Michael Leunig

Michael Leunig was born in 1945 in Australia. He is a cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator. He is known for works such as The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He attended the Swinbourne Film and Television School, where he studied how to make documentaries.

He began his cartoon career while at Swinburne in the late 1960s when his cartoons appeared in the Monash University student newspaper Lot's Wife. In the early 1970s his work appeared in the radical/satirical magazines Nation Review, The Digger, and London's Oz magazine as well as mainstream publications including Newsday, and Woman's Day.

Leunig has frequently satirised concepts such as Americanisation, greed, consumerism, corporations and warmongering, in a personal proclamation against the War on Terror. Of particular note were his parodies of political matters, especially those concerning former Australian Prime ,Minister John Howard and former American president ,George W. Bush. This has earned Leunig the description of "political cartoonist"

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