Politics Now: The Best of David Rowe
Paperback $32.99 - Scribe Publications
Humour - Published: 1/Oct/2019 - ISBN: 9781925849431
A riveting collection from Australia's finest and most instantly recognisable political cartoonist.
This first and long-awaited collection throws us into the grotesque, malformed, and subterranean world that is Rowe's vision of politics now. Enter at your own risk.
Featuring all the madness and downright stupidity of the past five years, Rowe's freakish burlesque includes the usual suspects- Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, and Bill Shorten, as well as a host of minor monstrosities who you would rather forget lest they haunt your dreams.
Rowe is one of the few Australian cartoonists who pay close attention to international affairs. There are cartoons on China, Europe, the UK, and the slow-motion train wreck of Brexit, wars in the Middle East, terror, and the rise of authoritarians.
And, of course, Donald Trump. No cartoonist in the world, and that includes those from the US, has laid bare the Donald and his debauched administration with such devastating insight and wit.
If the road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom, then David Rowe is indeed a wise man, for beneath the outrageous gothic menagerie of Rowe's imagination is a fierce intelligence and ethical sense combined with superb artistry.
This essential collection features his finest political cartoons, caricatures, and sketches from the past five years. With an introduction by Laura Tingle, one of Australia's most respected journalists. David Rowe was born in the Netherlands in 1968, and arrived in Canberra at the age of four. He started drawing when attending St Edmund's College, and after dropping out of every tertiary institution available, found work on the Canberra Times. After a brief stint in London, he moved to Sydney to work at Fairfax. For over twenty years his cartoons and caricatures have appeared in the Australian Financial Review and other Fairfax publications.
Rowe is the recipient of numerous cartooning awards, including multiple Walkleys, Gold Stanley Awards, and Behind the Lines Cartoonist of the Year, as well as many prestigious international awards. He is consistently the most popular cartoonist in the bible of Australian political cartooning, Russ Radcliffe's Best Australian Political Cartoons. A riveting collection from Australia's finest and most instantly recognisable political cartoonist.
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