The Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig was recently interviewed on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope program. He's famous for cute little people with big noses, ducks, teapots, and for creating controversy. His little cartoons have provoked enough people to receive a steady stream of hate-mail and death threats.
"It's like a little stage. I thought it's a little stage and I can put little actors on it and things and why should I restrict this to these boring politicians? Why can't I put pixies and fairies and ducks and all those embarrassing things, the things that are deeply embarrassing to the grown-up, intelligent adults".
"I just like to draw the duck, you see, and it seems to represent something. It brings out what's in you, you know, your inner duck is awakened obviously for you, me, everyone. But there are some who have no inner duck, it appears, and they get very threatened by such an innocent creature".
the full interview here