THE WORLD slides a little further down the road to hell every single day, the latest milepost passed just yesterday when Fairfax brought joy to luvvies by releasing the latest Leunig calendar -- only to break their little hearts by demanding $2 per copy. In the past, Leunig's annual extrusions were provided free with the Saturday Age, Fairfax evidently seeing itself as much like the missionaries of old, who distributed uplifting tracts to benighted natives in the hope of changing their sinful ways.
There is no evidence this policy materially changed behaviours in Melbourne or Sydney, except at Fairfax itself, where the company took the cartoonist's advice and entrusted its affairs to a succession of wood ducks, hence FXJ's stock price, dire prospects and, most shocking of all, the need to charge $2 for something sensible people understand to have no worth whatsoever.
But luvvies don't think that way, not at all all. They know to their very bones that good stuff should always be paid for by someone else. So, to calm the panic, here is the free version of the Leunig calendar with all the standards elements, from a nice teapot to the laddered moon and, need it be said?, superb draftsmanship. And of course there is the essential Leunig message, fit to grace any pedal-powered refrigerator in what demographers know as the Fairfax Triangle -- the area bounded by Kensington, Collingwood and St Kilda where common sense and corporate profits vanish without a trace.
Just run off 12 copies, staple them and stick the wad to your Kelvinator. Nobody will ever tell the difference.
ADVISORY: Off to the golf club. No comments posted nor further posts until later in the day.
Advisory update: Postponed twice, then cancelled for good.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Leunig for Luvvies
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I'll pay this one!ReplyDelete
(Though the obscure geographic references may as well be in Greek.)
Thornbury, Northcote and Alphington Prof. They're spreading their wings afar, strictly old "working class" areas only though, to bring on that warm inner glow. And here, in the Provinces, you surely must recall Daylesford. Stealthily annexed by Leunig's luvvies.ReplyDelete
Where others defenestrate, the Professor discommodes.ReplyDelete
Can I sneak in 'discombobulates'?Delete
maybe time for a faux-Leunig competition? Could be funny!ReplyDelete
That's not fair, I'd be at a disadvantage as I have no talent at drawing whatsoever... although... hang on a mo....Delete
Leunig draws like a 5 year old. Why pay for something a child could easily produce. I don't think Collingwood fans would be stupid enough to buy Fairfax stock, let alone pay for ret@9ted scribbles.ReplyDelete
$2 for a calendar? $2 won't even buy a decent cup of coffee these days. They might as well drop the pretence at commerce and give it away.ReplyDelete
Or pay us $2 to take it off their hands.
And in golfing news today, the Professor demonstrated how to hit two balls at once by stepping on a rake.....ReplyDelete
To which the answer must be (ahem) fore!Delete
Ah ... that's gold Dave.Delete
Admittedly it is old gold, but it is gold nonetheless.
The Irish Lion
I've never understood the attraction to Leunig. I find his "art" banal and jejune - or is that the point?ReplyDelete
Cassandra Wilkinson was very perceptive in naming the Fairfax smh as beng the Mosman/Bondi Times.ReplyDelete
Are you sure that is a Leunig comic?ReplyDelete
I thought it was an A.L.P. "Policy".
(They are very similar and have equal value).
$2.00 (or the price of 5 Fauxfacts shares) for 1 Leunig Calendar?ReplyDelete
For only another $8.00, I could probably buy all the rest of Fauxfacts.
Here in Brisbane I think the calendar comes free with the SMH. Do they actually enforce the $2 payment down south? Surely not. That would leave a big heap of calendars to truck off to the tip on Monday.ReplyDelete
Ah yes Prof.ReplyDelete
Dropped into the newsagent in Gaia central (Daylesford) on Saturday.
As I was reaching down to gather up some quality journalism (courtesy Rupert) I came into close contact with the Leunig calendar.
I recoiled violently, in much the same way as one does when one lifts a sheet of corrugated iron behind the shed, to expose an equally surprised 5 ft tiger snake underneath.
It was late in the day and there were precious few copies of he Oz left, but the pile of ducky calendars was so immense it would require a Steve Hooker personal best off the long run to get over.
If you can't sell a Leunig calendar in Hippie heaven for a gold coin you are in deep duck-shit.
I think you are right Prof .... This is the bellwether for the willingness of Fewfacts subscribers to pay for ANYTHING and does not bode well for the future of the online Fewfacts offering.
The Irish Lion
I know that it's a fake Leunig because it actually has an element of humour about it.ReplyDelete
Just a small point of error Perfessor. Fairfax behaves like contemporary missionaries, not those of old. Australia's original missisionaries spent their lives living in the wilderness with aboriginal tribes, painstakingly learning their languages; teaching them English; translating the Bible for them; giving them hope and causality in place of superstition; and protecting them physicallly from the more savage elements of secularism. All the Tom Keneally books and Leunig 'cartoons' in the world won't change those facts.
Ahh, anon, for every Livingstone there was a veritable army of do gooder zealots back at home organising cucumber white bread sandwich morning teas and crochet clubs to raise funds for said Dr Livingstone. It was a temporary detour from anti slave trade, universal suffrage on the way to a more finely tuned type of wommyn's suffrage. But the same sort of people none the less. Well off with time on their hands. aka Doctor's wives. And God loves them all.Delete
Has anyone actually got the heart to tell Leunig that his drawings are (like him) retarded? Are the luvvies really just trying to humour him like you would a 2 year old child that has just learnt how to use a potty? What a sick, proclivity-ridden existence these wife-swapping leftards have. I just can't wait until Fairfux falls over, and the weapons-grade lefticle journo's (sic) have to actually find a job. Could Jabba get work flipping burgers at McDonalds?ReplyDelete
BTW Professor, I have to echo an earlier comment; your Leunig is by far too clever for the leftists and actually has a point - something Leunig The Retard doesn't ever do.
"Leunig's annual extrusions were provided free with the Saturday Age,"ReplyDelete
Surely Professor you meant "Leunig's annual evacuations were provided free with the Saturday Age,"
I don't buy the Age.Delete
Personally, I find the size of the average sheet of Sorbent to be perfectly adequate for my requirements.