THE CRITICAL CARTOON
Editorial cartoons are both a mirror held up to the past and a “negative conception”, said 1930s-1960s cartoonist Gordon Minhinnick, describing the works as inherently imbalanced because of their orientation against something or somebody. So what does historian Paul Diamond’s book Savaged to Suit: Māori and Cartooning in New Zealand have to say about our views of Māori in the 20th-century? And how might we understand our more recent history through the cartoons of the prize-winning political cartoonist Sharon Murdoch, a rare female voice in the field whose work is collated in Murdoch: The Political Cartoons of Sharon Murdoch. Diamond and Murdoch dissect the form and its criticisms with Simon Wilson.