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He was just a cartoonist He was just a cartoonist
by Thanos Kalamidas
2015-01-09 09:06:06
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wol01_400I was expecting him to be shy. He wasn’t. But that was all he wasn’t. Everything else he was.

I think that I have mentioned before that I started my career and relationship with magazines and newspapers very young, as a cartoonist. To be precise as a political cartoonist.

I started in Greece and one of the very first (I think the second) magazines I worked for, was a satirical political opinionated one called “To Pontiki,” which translates into “The Mouse”. Very similar to “Charlie Hebdo”.

Later I left Greece and my relationship with the magazines and the newspapers changed, I was drawing less and write much more.

But cartoons are always in my heart and many times rejecting titles like journalist, writer or something like that I say that "I am a cartoonist. It’s just that lately I write my cartoons instead of drawing them."

Like every other person involved with cartoons I had my own heroes, cartoonists that I loved reading and trying to copy, from their style to their humour. For me they weren’t that many. Actually it was one. George Wolinski.

I loved his simple lines, I loved his burning humour, I loved the spirit he transmitted through his cartoons, I loved his anarchism and intolerance to authority. I wanted to be a Wolinski. I had every single book he published and I had gone to such extent that to use the same pens he used, (I had found out from an interview he had given a few years before).

And then the man himself was standing in front of me smiling. My friend, for whom I was doing some illustrations at the time and co-writing a children’s book, knowing my love for Wolinski had told him everything about me and of course he brought him to me. I was lost of words. Unusual for me, as everybody might tell you. I had no idea what to say. So I did the next best thing that I thought natural at that moment. I hugged him!

We spoke little that evening. I suppose I was very bad company as I was in awe. But we met again. And again. And he was everything I had imagined. A man with strong opinions, ready to doubt any kind of authority and a revolutionary in the soul. A man who loved to challenge and provoke.

A man who …was.

wol02_400I’m sorry but I don’t know how to find the words to describe what happened. I actually don’t understand it. He was a cartoonist!

I’m sorry I don’t know how to deal with it. This last day, I’m pretending that I don’t hear or see his name. It is some people in Paris. Denial. Perhaps. I don’t want to think otherwise. He was just a cartoonist.

Was.

Trying to listen and read what’s going on, the only thing I can say is that Malala is a Muslim and an immigrant. These murderers were just that. Murderers. And they were the same who shot Malala. A Muslim and immigrant in Europe. We should never forget that.

George, he was just a cartoonist!

Bon voyage, George!

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PS The fascist idiot who governs Greece and expects to continue governing after the general elections in three weeks, hours after the crime in a campaign speech while flagging the known black print with the “Je suis Charlie” said, that this is a chance to really understand the danger immigrants from the Middle East bring to Greece and Europe. He added that when he will be re-elected, 95% of them will go.

Idiot is not my choice of word, (I would have used something much worst), the French L’Express used in a report from Greece; reporting the inhuman, racist and xenophobic comments the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras made, wrote “it is hard when idiots support you.”

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 The photo in the header is George Wolinski, when I met him.


        
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Emanuel Paparella2015-01-09 13:32:54
Indeed Thanos, the pen and/or the pencil are still more powerful than the sword, and there will always be a fundamental difference between "the will to power" and "the will to truth."


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