Professional Heckler: The Life and Art of Duncan Macpherson

Category: Book
By (author): Mosher, Terry
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Published: July 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 10.00in x 8.50in x 1.10in
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From The Publisher*Duncan Macpherson (1924-1993) was one of the greatest of Canadian cartoonists. He began his career as an illustrator for the Montreal Standard and Weekend Magazine, then joined the ranks of Maclean's and finally the Toronto Star. He won six National Newspaper Awards and a Molson Prize, among other honours. A formidable and groundbreaking artist, he was also an alcoholic who struggled with many personal demons. Professional Heckler is the first biography of Macpherson. Written by Terry Mosher, well known under the pen name Aislin for his decades of cartoons in the Montreal Gazette, the book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of examples of Macpherson's drawings, paintings, and cartoons, as well as archival photographs. Both an admirer of Macpherson's work and a longtime student of the art, craft, and business of cartooning, Mosher brings a professional expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of the history of cartooning that allow him to comment on facets of Macpherson's work from a practical standpoint. With humour and affection, he provides remarkable insights into the artist's character, style, influences, personal foibles, and way of working. A delight to read, Professional Heckler is a pioneering work on an influential and controversial cartoonist that makes an essential contribution to the history of visual arts in Canada.
From The Publisher*A candid biography of one of the most influential editorial cartoonists in recent Canadian history.
Review Quote*"What makes Professional Heckler so engaging is the sense that it is written by no less a talent. With similar talents and demons, and both products of the same high school art program in Toronto, Mosher brings a blend of reverence, gratitude, envy and understanding of "Dunc's" career and often-mercurial life that only someone with five decades in the cartooning trenches could. A lighthearted visual romp through Canadian history and a nuanced, honest look at the life of a deeply complicated and gifted artist." Policy Magazine
Review Quote*"I remember Duncan Macpherson's cartoons so well--the way he nailed the essence of a situation. What would he make of our politicians today? I often wonder."Margaret Atwood
Review Quote*"One maestro of satire salutes another and gives us the story not just of a life and a pen, but also of an era when Canadians relied on newspapers for informed and witty comment." Charlotte Gray
Review Quote*"Duncan Macpherson was a Canadian natural resource, as important to us as softwood lumber or hydroelectric power. He had both a hand and an eye born for cartooning. We are lucky to have had him." Seth
Biographical NoteTerry Mosher is a political cartoonist, an inductee of the Canadian News Hall of Fame. An officer of the Order of Canada, he is the author of more than fifty books.