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Cartoonist with bite, Dinah Priestley

Murdoch: The Cartoons of Sharon Murdoch Sharon Murdoch (with commentary by Melinda Johnston) Potton and Burton, $40.00, ISBN 9780947503239 Anne Tolley crouches watchfully inside a beneficiary’s uterus, high heels digging into the soft pink flesh, her two fists blocking the…
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Pretence and defence, Melinda Johnston

Bromhead: Scratching a Living Peter Bromhead Penguin Books, $38.00, ISBN 9780143574200 In the Cartoon Archive at the Alexander Turnbull Library there is a marvellous ink caricature captioned “The loveable fun-loving Monsieur Bromhead”. Drawn in 2001 by caricaturist Dinah Priestley (a…
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A quality of incision, Megan Dunn

Lateral Inversions: The Prints of Barry Cleavin  Melinda Johnston Canterbury University Press, $55.00, ISBN 9781927145470 Lateral Inversions: The Prints of Barry Cleavin contains over 120 colour plates and is a beautifully produced book that affords serious consideration to Barry Cleavin’s…
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