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January 3, 2014

100 Comics Positives For 2013: Zapiro Stopped Doing Cartoons About Mandela As He Began To Pass Away


I could be completely wrong about this, so someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I swear I read after Nelson Mandela died that the great South African cartoonist Zapiro at one point stopped doing cartoons featuring the international figure as it began to be clear he wasn't going to recover. The idea was that it was no longer time to haggle over this aspect or that aspect of his career and the careers of those that came in his wake but to begin to think more grandly in terms of legacy. Zapiro has made cartoons about Mandela since he died. I can't find what I remember reading. My memory is that Zapiro also said after Mandela's passing that the deceased leader understood and appreciated the role of the press and the cartoonist's place within that role, which is gratifying to hear. It's hard to imagine people going to a cartoonist for perspective on a political figure, but if you stop and think about it, it makes total sense.
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