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An outsider's point of view is always handy.
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Drawing from life is tremendously important, I think.
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Drawing is an ongoing study. If you're an artist, it's a thing you devote yourself to for the rest of your life and you're always learning something, always changing.
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Even if you go to Australia today, it's very much like visiting a state you haven't been to.
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I can always see what I've done wrong. I'm always learning. I'm the perennial student.
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I couldn't see how you could make a living drawing.
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I decided there were too many journalists. I went to work in the art department of that newspaper. Our then cartoonist left. I happened to be in the right spot at the right time.
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I don't know if you come to the world with a full-blown ability to observe things, or whether you learn to observe things, or whether it's just curiosity, or circumstances.
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I don't think there's more than half-a-dozen cartoons that I've been really truly happy with in all the time I've been doing it.
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I experienced a renaissance of sorts. I looked at my drawing and I wasn't pleased with it. I thought I should be getting more into my drawing, acknowledging that when you cartoon, it's easy to get into bad habits.
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I grew up in a city called Adelaide in Australia, a city of about half a million, I suppose. Born in 1935.
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I had always wanted to be independent. I've been on my own for 16 years now. I don't know if I could work for anybody any more.
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I hate changes of administrations, because I have all my villains in place and they are all taken away and replaced with faceless wonders nobody knows.
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I joined the Washington Star, and on the first morning, I had the same feeling I had on that first morning at the Denver Post, years before. What in the hell am I doing here?
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I just started painting their faces, letting the paint lead me, and then I had a canvas full of open-mouthed faces.
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I knew I could draw, but I didn't know what I was gonna do with it.
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I see myself as an artist who happens to do cartoons.
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I wanted to come here. I could see all sorts of possibilities in this country. Everything was happening in the '60s here, all of the civil rights upheavals. In Australia nothing was happening.
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I was like a sponge soaking up everything, good and bad. And then you've gotta sift it out, put it through a filter and see what comes out that can be yours.
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I was working with the underdog, which was the Washington Star against the Post, which every chance it got would refer to us as the financially troubled Star.
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I went to work at a newspaper when I got out of high school and started with total immersion on what I was supposed to do with my life, which I had no idea about.
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I wonder about the future of the business. Ultimately, what is the point of it? Maybe we've seen our best days.
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I'm shipwrecked. I've been trying to get off this island for a long time. But at least it's close to New York.
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I've always looked upon politics as a very boring thing. Politics never interested me as much as the people involved in it.
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I've been in Washington ever since 1981, trying to get out!
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If it were not for the fact that editors have become so timorous in these politically correct times, I would probably have a greater readership than I have.
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It wasn't a big culture shock to come here because of all the reading and TV material we were exposed to in Australia.
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It's wonderful if you can convey an air of spontaneity to the drawing itself, because it only strengthens what you have to say.
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Journalism was looked upon as a more noble thing than it is now. I don't know if it carries the same cachet that it did then.
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My father believed that you never discussed sex, politics or money with anybody.
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One-newspaper towns are not good because all the surviving newspaper does is print money. They make 25 percent on their money every year, and if they go down to 22 percent, they start laying people off.
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So many cartoonists draw the same year after year. When they find a style, they stick with it. They don't mess with innovation, and they become boring.
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Some days you feel like this is really going well. You can tell. Other days, you're just drawing like a farmer and you don't know why.
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That quickening feeling of everything being united for this common cause, get rid of this damn war, nobody wants it, that was a uniting feeling.
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The drawing and the idea should fit and one should help the other. I despaired for many years of being able to crack this and get it right.
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The fact that we're protected under that Constitution in exercising the right of free speech, it's a wonderful thing. You've got to come from somewhere else to realize how valuable it is.
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The greatest award is to be part of a great collection such as this, at the Library of Congress. I mean, this is the center of things.
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The powers of subtlety have been weakened by the fact that you can say anything. Condom cartoons, for instance, would never have been done in those days.
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There are voyages of self-discovery to find out what you can do and what you've forgotten to do, and surprising yourself all the time with different things.
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There has always been quite a strong black and white art tradition in Australia, with quite a large contingent of cartoonists, given the size of the population.
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There were dragons to slay in the old days. Nixon was a good dragon.
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There's nothing wrong with going a couple of times a week to look at a naked lady. I would get to the door and, if it was a male model, I'd go home. I told him if I wanted to draw a naked man I could look in the mirror!
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These are all done with a fair amount of speed. I'm looking for the magic combination of the message and the drawing just melding perfectly. Once every few years that happens.
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This independence is good, and with today's technology, I can work anywhere. But you're running your own business-there are no sweetheart deals.
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We had a lot of excellent people putting out an excellent newspaper. But it just didn't have the local support. Newspapers were starting to go under.
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We're all idealistic when young.
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We're now sending the cartoons out electronically. I scan them from my desk, and they go straight to my syndicate, and my syndicate scans them again and sends them out.
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You never know how it's going to turn out because you've got to do it on deadline. You can't do it on a whim. I can't take a day off. I have to get it done.
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You tend to start drawing by code, and you'll just get sloppy unless you review what you're doing every so often.
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