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September 23, 2007


Alootook Ipellie, 1951-2007

imageInuk cartoonist and illustrator Alootook Ipellie passed away on September 8 following a heart attack outside his home in Ottawa. He was 56 years old. Ipellie spent most of his life in Ottawa, and according to this sensitive article on his passing split time between there and Iqaluit. He began cartooning to fill space at the magazine Inuit Today (then called Inuit Monthly), and through those Ice Box cartoons began a life long effort to develop his talent as both a pen and ink illustrator and a single-panel cartoonist. He would eventually become that publication's editor in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He would later draw a cartoon for the newspaper Nunatsiaq News called Nuna and Vut, and pursue a variety of artistic outlets, including gallery-level photography and screenwriting. A book of his drawings and stories, Arctic Dreams and Nightmares, was published in 1993. Much of his blog is devoted to an early 2007 art show and the success it had in moving various pieces for sale.
 
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