Comedian Guide Writer & Warsaw Rebellion Combatant Papcio Chmiel
Sooner or later in 1957, a Warsaw-based artist by chance knocked over an ink bottle together with his elbow. Wanting on the inkblot, he noticed one thing in it – a form. “I simply add a nostril and a pair of eyes, and this turns a silly ink stain right into a smart…” He didn’t even have time to complete his sentence earlier than the lately drawn monkey jumped out of the illustration, shouting, “Lengthy reside me!”.
Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek: without end boy scouts
And lengthy did he reside. These are simply the preliminary pictures of the cartoon collection that changed into a collection of comedian books, changing into the longest revealed comedian ebook collection in Poland. Tytus, because the monkey got here to be known as (an precise title Titus, but additionally a wordplay on “you, ink” (In Polish, “ty” = “you” and “tusz” = “ink”), was befriended by a pair of boy scouts Romek and A’Tomek (Tom of atomic age) which gave him extra human qualities.
Every quantity of the story concerned one other try at humanizing the monkey – via scouting, attending faculty, discovering a job, time-traveling to totally different international locations, epochs, and fantasy lands, such because the “Nonsense Islands,” to the African origin of monkeys or to the prehistoric occasions of monkeys evolving into people.
The artist who created the primary blot (and most subsequent variations till his dying in 2021, aged 98) was Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski. As a youngsters’s artist, he known as himself Papcio Chmiel, or Daddy Hops, as his surname in Polish is derived from the title for this beer-flavoring plant. Amusing with marvelous adventures and foolish, satisfying puns which might be nonetheless a part of the Polish lexicon to at the present time, he turned out to have a second layer.
Papcio Chmiel: illustrator and Warsaw Rebellion Combatant
Born in 1923, Papcio Chmiel was 16 when the battle broke out, and he fought within the Warsaw Rebellion in 1944. When the communists took energy after the battle, membership within the “bourgeois” Armia Krajowa (Homeland Military) was prosecuted throughout Stalinism, and even later, it was not one thing to brag about. However Chmielewski served his time within the socialist military after which invented a brand new profession – that of a graphic novel creator.
The primary Poles to be educated and “humanized” by Titus’s adventures at the moment are of their sixties. And due to the renewed appreciation for iconic retro works, the collection continues to be gaining new followers even at present. However how a lot is all this buzz value?
In early April 2022, Warsaw public sale home Desa Unicum auctioned virtually 100 unique artworks from a number of comedian ebook classics, each Polish and international. And guess who the most costly artist was on the public sale? 5 works by Papcio Chmiel from the “Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek” collection bought for over EUR 30 thousand. He could have been not probably the most expert Polish cartoonist, however a technology filled with childhood recollections put a excessive price ticket on his artwork.