The Dictator


Erdogan bellowed out recently that we should look up what the word dictator means and with due regret for our tardiness, let us turn to the Encyclopedia Cartooniensa for immediate clarification:




Vasco Gargalo, The Guillotine, July 17, 2017.




"Dictator" derives from dictare, i.e. laying down authoritatively, or the verbal equivalent of an execution.

Vasco Gargalo lets Erdogan's face mirror itself in the blade, giving it a sculptural dimension, which is one of his fortes as a cartoonist. He creates for the startle of what should be the softness of a human face while the shadowing is in fact a property of the metal. The reflection of which is further set off by the texturing of the wooden structure.

Erdogan's eyes are closed to the consequences of his authoritarianism. Dictators can be recognized on their spinal deficiency. They absolutely refuse to take responsibility for their actions.

So, Vasco Gargalo presents Erdogan with blood on his forehead. Erdogan was and is the one dictating that the cartoonist Musa Kart has been imprisoned since November 2016.



The cartoon shown is courtesy of Vasco Gargalo and must not be reproduced without his permission.



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