Michael Leunig – 2008 – Melbourne Age Calendar Condition:
Very Good Second Hand
Michael Leunig gifts Australians every year with his unique cartoons by way of a special edition calendar that is distributed as free extra within certain newspapers around the country.
These uniquely Australian cartoons were first published either in the Melbourne Age newspaper and the Sydney Morning Herald. They have become a highly collectible annual piece of Australiana.
On offer here is a nice collection filler for those who missed saving this edition. Unfortunately due to the economic crisis in 2009 the calendar was not released by the Melbourne Age but only by the Sydney Morning Herald much to the dismay of thousands of Leunig fans in Victoria and elsewhere.
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 calendar filled with great and thought provoking imagery to the last the whole year through.
This calendar is reusable again in 2017. Australian wit and humour at its very best.
Soft cover calendar with a different cartoon for each of the 12 months.
29.7cm x 21cm (when closed)
Michael Leunig (born 2 June 1945), often referred to as Leunig, is an Australian cartoonist. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999. Leunig, a fifth generation Australian, was born in East Melbourne, Victoria, grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and went to Maribyrnong High School before entering an arts degree at Monash University. His first cartoons appeared in the Monash University student newspaper, Lot’s Wife, in the late 1960s. He was conscripted in the Vietnam War call-up, but he registered as a conscientious objector; in the event he was rejected on health grounds when it was revealed that he was deaf in one ear. After university Leunig enrolled at the Swinburne Film and Television School and then began his cartoon career. He has noted that he was at first interested in making documentaries. In the early 1970s his work appeared in the satirical magazine Nation Review, Woman’s Day, London’s Oz magazine and also various newspapers of that era. The main outlet for Leunig’s work has been the daily Fairfax press, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age (Melbourne) newspapers published in Australia. In recent years he has focused mainly on political commentary, sometimes substituting his simple drawings with reproduced photographic images with speech balloons attached. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has also provided airtime to Leunig to discuss his views on a range of political and philosophical issues. Leunig’s drawings are done with a sparse, quavering line, usually in black and white with ink wash, the human characters always drawn with exaggerated features. This style served him well in his early years when he gained a loyal following for his quirky take on social issues. He also made increasingly frequent forays into a personal fantasy world of whimsy, featuring small figures with teapots balanced on their heads, grotesquely curled hair and many ducks. He has revealed in past interviews that the music of The Beatles inspired his early work, along with European cartoonists and The New Yorker’s absurdist writer and cartoonist James Thurber (as well as dogs and ducks). In his latest cartoons, Leunig frequently satirises concepts such as Americanisation, capitalism, consumerism, corporate success and more recently war mongering, in a personal proclamation against the War on Terror. Of particular note are his recent parodies of political matters, especially those concerning former Australian former prime minister John Howard and former American president George W. Bush. This has earned Leunig the description of “political cartoonist”, though this is misleading as only some of his works are political in nature or reference. His work has frequently explored spiritual and religious ideas.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only