In Hangdog, Michael Leunig’s signature couple express a common concern for Labor voters and his poetic joke depends entirely for its effect on the newspaper headlines, the grouping of the figures and the conversation between them.

Reading between the lines

This cartoonist’s characters are often drawn with large, round noses. Think about your own drawing style. How do you draw noses? Draw some in the air with your finger.

‘Hangdog’ means downcast or sad. Why does the figure look sad after reading the newspaper headlines?