Creating people's geographies
By now you will know of the depth of my appreciation for political cartoonists and artists: David Baldinger, Andy Singer, Khalil Bendib and other luminaries who say it all so skilfully and superbly with a picture or a cartoon. Though I have featured his cartoons here before and he is well known here in Australia (nominated as a National Living Treasure, in fact!), it has been my pleasure to have introduced the hand of Michael Leunig to some of you.
Leunig’s cartoons are often wry, gently humorous and whimsical commentaries on life; his more overtly political cartoons have also struck a chord and landed him in trouble (see below ‘On Israel’). His ardent peace and anti-war stance has often put him in the line of fire with critics, though his integrity to his principles has won him fans anew.
As well as being a cartoonist, poet and artist, Leunig also pens the occasional article (selection below).
I feature a selection of his cartoons here. For now, I’ll refrain from writing anything other than this short preamble and let his cartoons speak for themselves. For those interested, his biography can be found here at his website.
Articles (selection) by Leunig
* Lest we forget the ultimate price of warfare, The Age, 23 April 2005
* The cartoonists’ lot: holding the mirror to a fractured world, The Age, 13 January 2006
* They know not what they do, The Age, 10 Feb 2007
Previously featured on Reclaiming Space (thumb-nail—click on image for full size):
Understandascope :: Interview with Mt Everest :: Nip a movement
Ban the Business Burqa
More Leunig cartoons
On Australian Militarism
On the Australian-American Relationship
On Iraq: a parallel to the present situation