Michael Leunig – 1985 – Ramming The Shears – Collection of Cartoons
96 Pages – Paperback
Ramming The Shears is a wonderful collection of humorous, quirky, uplifting and thought provoking imagery. The title derives from the Tom Roberts classic painting of the same name depicted on the back cover of the book. See the 2nd photograph in this listing.
Paperback oblong octavo, good condition, black & white cartoons, spine and cover slightly faded.
These uniquely Australian cartoons were first published in the Melbourne Age newspaper. Renowned cartoonist Michael Leunig is undoubtedly one of Australia’s endearing favorites. He is one of the very few Australians to be honored with the “National Trust Living Treasure” accolade in 1999. Simply a fabulous cartoon book.
Ramming The Shears : a collection of drawings.
Leunig, Michael, 1945-
Melbourne : Dynamo Press, 1985.
92 pages – mainly illustrations 18 x 22 cm.
Australian wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons with Australian themes.
In 2008, Leunig wrote that “Artists must never shrink from a confrontation with society or the state.” His cartoons have occasionally been a source of controversy. Between 1995 and 2000 he drew the ire of “working mothers” by satirising the heavy reliance upon childcare services in Australian culture in several of his works.
Leunig’s opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, although in line with over three-quarters of the Australian populace, drew some criticism in the press. He commented that “…if a cartoonist is representing the government line on Iraq, they’re nothing better than a propagandist.”
In 2006, Fairfax Media censored a cartoon in New South Wales but not in Victoria, which criticised the then-Prime Minister, John Howard.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only