The role of the cartoonist is to make the comfortable uncomfortable, as Khalid Wad Albaih put it so eloquently on CNN this week, while being interviewed on his cartoon on the little boy from Aleppo, Omran Daqneesh.
The Uncomfortable share the fear of facets in points of view, resorting to the only answer they can think of and while we waited for news on the situation of Dogan Güzel in one of Erdogan's prisons, Bonil drew his support of a colleague in peril.
Bonil sees to that we sense the physical force hammering in from two sides, making us mentally strain to keep the two apart. Erdogan is personally leading the inquisition and he is risking that we shall be taking him up on his deeds, dedicating a new instrument of execution, this model for shaping heads in his name.
Furthermore, this is a pencil sharpener. In a cartoon with the pencil marks visible. Ergogan has another fear at hand unless he puts the sharpener down.
Last, but not least as Bonil underlines: Along with Dogan Güzel we must not forget his 23 colleagues, who were apprehended too during the raid on the offices of their paper.
|Bonil, August 22, 2016.|