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The A-Z of Visual Ideas by John Ingledew

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Satire

Satire is the attack dog of comedy, the pit bull that can sink its teeth into the the high and mighty, and draw blood. It is a weapon the powerless can use against the powerful; it takes the side of the little guy against the bully. One satirist described his job as ‘comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable’.

‘Satire is dark, uncomfortable, challenging and threatening.’

Rory Bremner, comedian

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Gerald Scarfe, Ken Relieves Congestion, 2003 In this drawing Gerald Scarfe ridicules the former mayor of London Ken Livingstone as a drunken clown who talks out of his arse – see Expressions Visualized. The punning title twists the ...

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