One of the great joys of editing The Spectator Australia is seeing – late on a Wednesday evening – the final cover come together. Like its parent magazine in the UK, The Spectator Australia has never flinched from putting forward a provocative, entertaining and wickedly imaginative cartoon depiction of that week’s craziest events or most poignant topics. Condensing the pithiest article – or articles – of the week into one single-minded and eye-catching visual is no easy task, and since its inception the magazine has drawn on the finest Australian creative talents. In the last few years, that task has chiefly fallen to the superb conceptualising and art direction skills of Sarah Dudley and the cartooning genius of Anton Emdin and Dave Follett, among others. Apart from the humour and artistry of the covers, what really stands out is their amazing prescience and flair for capturing the very essence of major political and cultural events. Here is but a tiny sample of their extraordinary work – Rowan Dean, editor.
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