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Professional Heckler
The Life and Art of Duncan Macpherson
By (author): Terry Mosher
Terry Mosher


McGill-Queen's University Press



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Paperback , Trade


Jul 15, 2020
$49.95 CAD


254 x 216 mm | 1340 gr

Page Count:

480 pages


460 images, full colour
McGill-Queen's University Press
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • Short Description
A candid biography of one of the most influential editorial cartoonists in recent Canadian history.
A candid biography of one of the most influential editorial cartoonists in recent Canadian history.

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.

Terry 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.

“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


“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


“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

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