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BOOK REVIEW: A Treasury of Cartoons by First Dog On The Moon

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BOOK REVIEW: A Treasury of Cartoons by First Dog On The Moon

ABC Books
December 2015
Paperback, $29.99
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Cartoon Strip

9/10

A Treasury of Cartoons - First Dog On The Moon

Is there a cartoonist in Australia who has produced work not only of such scathing political relevance in the past five years, but also proven an empathy with all that is right and good at a social level as well?

If there is we are unaware of them, so Mr F Onthemoon’s Greatest Hits provide for us a wonderful overview of Australian news and culture over the past half a decade.

From the relentlessly inane Reclaim Australia bigots, to the ever-increasingly-alienating-the-real-people antics of our Prime Ministerial revolving door: all the mad, heady rush of dumbness is exposed here for us all to laugh hysterically at.

Mr Onthemoon (aka Andrew Marlton) is obviously influenced by Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python work, and the manic ridiculousness of that team, and puts it to wonderful satirical use skewering daily political and bureaucratic buffoonery, and just about anything else that takes his fancy on any given day – including himself.

With characters such as Kevin Rudd’s dog, the racist carrot, the ABC interpretive dance bandicoot and Ian the Climate denialist potato, the absurdity of his cartoons is funny enough, but knowing that there are issues of paramount importance – and idiots of enormous magnitude – being sent up makes the joke all the funnier.

Essential reading and re-reading.

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