First, the story behind this cartoon is of Christine Milne taking over the head of the Australian Greens Party after the long-running head, Bob Brown resigned (16 years in office). And Tony Abbott is already on the attack merely days after she's started.
When I did this cartoon, I drew two versions. One with the urine stream and the other without. The newspaper (probably wisely) chose the latter. So, I'm posting the original pee-soaked joke.
I bumped into a friend on my way back from buying the paper this morning. He thought I got a good likeness of Milne, but didn't realise that the dog was supposed to be Abbott. Lesson learned: when caricaturing a person as an animal, you can go too far in the animal direction and lose the likeness. And before you ask, yes I tried to google image search dogs with big ears. Floppy ears don't work as well.
This cartoon is one I really like. Anyone following Australian politics probably knows about the Shakespearean battle for power between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. I even read bits from Julius Caesar when I was working on this cartoon. I swear you could lift passages from that play and it would be directly applicable to the Labor Party struggle. And I'm sure Abbott and many other Libs were enjoying every last minute of it. With popcorn.
OK, this was just an opportunity to draw Rudd as a curse word balloon. What can I say? He's easy and fun to draw.