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Oct 30, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: at home with Leunig, drinking breakfast absinthe on fairy floss carpet

Satirist Ben Pobjie recounts a delightful afternoon he spent in the company of Australia's leading cloud cartoonist.

“Welcome,” says Michael Leunig, drawing aside the collection of cloud and rabbit mobiles that serves as his front door. I step into the atrium of his house, staring in wonder at the thousands of origami unicorns drifting slowly down from the ceiling. “I like to keep the unicorns here,” Leunig intones, noticing my interest. “They remind me of what’s important in life. Never forget unicorns.” He refuses to elaborate.

Sitting across from Leunig in his tastefully decorated lounge room -- walls covered with giant versions of his own cartoons, carpet made of fairy floss – I notice a single tear running down his cheek. I enquire: is he all right? “I’m fine,” he replies, not wiping the tear away. “I just always cry a single tear every morning, to represent the essential sadness at the heart of mankind.”

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7 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE: at home with Leunig, drinking breakfast absinthe on fairy floss carpet

  1. graybul

    “I just cry a single tear every morning, to represent the essential sadness at the heart of mankind.”

    What more need be said? Thank you both.

  2. Itsarort

    “It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does?”

  3. CR

    Just excellent – my new fave of your works!

  4. paddy

    At last, the duck has been vaccinated with orange juice and is now ready to eat.
    Beautiful work there Ben.

  5. AR

    Who knew Pobjie is a gonzo in training?

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