Monday, 13 October 2014

I salute you!


!Yo te saludo, Creador de la tira anticómica!

I am sorry, I do not have the The book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow in its original English by me, so please excuse me when I do not translate back the salution correctly, but oh, what a wonderful notion Doctorow creates: The anti-comical drawing!

Anti-comical. The saluted cartoonist is Robert Minor, who was a true representative of cartooning as an art in which humor is a core factor, but not an end it itself.

Case in point: Khalid Wad Albaih avoids any obvious portrayal of Sudan below. Instead the very name of Sudan  السودان constitutes the depths from which the cries of the Sudanese can be heard: "Education", "Democracy", "Health care", while the government representative explains: "This is why we made it a hole this deep".

The drawing is a beauty in itself. The delicacy of the line within the vast whiteness of the picture plane is already playing with us how little is needed to say it all. And yet so much detailing is taking place such as the lines within each letter to mark the depths from where they are crying out. The government representatives cast magnificent shadows, the shadow of the talking transformed into a pointing hand.

A play on the definition of normalcy; the explanation of the present situation as if everything is in order. There is even a logic behind it. Add to this the double seeing of word into image and vice versa. A major dissertation qua ink and one piece of paper and we have before us the epitome of the anticomical:


Khalid Wad Albaih, October 8, 2014.



The Khartoon shown is courtesy of Khalid Wad Albaih and must not be reproduced without his permission.



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