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Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids

…I don’t get it?

Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids by Ralph Steadman | 240 Pages | Colour Illustrations | A & C Black | Hardback | Oct 2012 | ISBN: 9781408178621Publisher’s View: When the renowned cartoonist Ralph Steadman was asked to produce a piece for a recent exhibition of bird art, he got slightly carried away – it did, after all, make a nice change from politicians. He allowed his imagination to run wild and, an astonishing 100 paintings later, Ralph Steadman's Extinct Boids was born …These remarkable pieces of art include Steadman's unique interpretations of well-known birds such as the great auk and dodo, along with less familiar members of the avian firmament – snail-eating coua, for example – and a handful of bizarre creations such as the gob swallow, the nasty tern and needless smut, all with a riot of colour and a slice of trademark Steadman humour.

Author: Ralph Steadman is a world-renowned cartoonist and caricaturist, and one of Britain's finest and best-loved artists. Originally labelled a 'gonzo' artist, he first burst onto the national consciousness by providing the illustrations for Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Since the 1960s he has worked on projects as diverse as Private Eye and Punch, illustrations for collections of poetry by Ted Hughes, Alice in Wonderland and Animal Farm, and the Royal Mail – Steadman designed a set of stamps. Alongside a host of illustration credits, Steadman's previous books include Gonzo – The Art (Harcourt Brace, 1998), Doodaaa: The Balletic Art of Gavin Twinge (Bloomsbury, 2003) and The Joke's Over (Heinemann, 2006).Fatbirder View: I don’t really get this book. I really like Steadman’s cartoons and I love birds. I understand about the extinct birds exhibition but not this trivialization although most people describe it as great fun. I heard Mr Steadman talking about the book on Radio and he said that he started making them up when he got bored with the real thing. Well, I got a bit bored with all the very similar images and see no good reason for mixing real extinct birds and these flights of fancy… to mix metaphors its neither flesh nor fowl. I expect to be in the minority here but its not through a lack of sense of humour nor am I being precious about the subject; I guess I just don’t get it.

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