Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Un ultimo saluto a Vicar

Ci ha lasciati ieri, 3 gennaio, il grande disegnatore cileno Victor José Arriagada Rios, in arte, Vicar, il quale aveva preso i complimenti dal Maestro Carl Barks: "Tu sei quello che disegna i paperi come me e anche meglio di me!", disse infatti, l'Uomo dei Paperi.

Quella che sto per pubblicare in anteprima mondiale è una comunicazione via e-mail della Egmont inviata a tutti i collaboratori del reparto Disney. Buona Lettura e addio, Vicar, ci mancherai!

Dear all,

We’re sad to announce, that Vicar passed away yesterday, the 3rd of January, 2012.

Vicar was born in 1934, the same year as Donald Duck. He began drawing stories for Egmont in the early seventies – and for many, many years he was our main artist, when it came to bringing Donald and his family to life. He eventually became a lead artist and for more than 30 years, almost all weekly magazines started with a story drawn by Vicar. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Vicar, it would have been almost impossible to add new, great stories to the magazine every week.

Vicar’s strength was that he could make you believe you actually were in Duckburg, from the very first picture of a story. He could transform a good script to a fantastic comedy and a mediocre one to a really good read. He was the master of creating secondary characters and also added so many details and expression to his drawings, that you could enjoy the story, without having to read the voice balloons. A master storyteller and a master artist!

He identified himself passionately with the characters in Duckburg, to the point where he felt like a fellow citizen – and his love of the universe always shone through. We will miss Vicar and we will miss his stories.

Many kind regards,

Unn and Anna Maria

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