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Have you ever heard of the Father of Polish comic books?

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This week I have another news for you from the Polski Daily website!

Papcio Chmiel, or rather, Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski was born June 7th 1923 in Warsaw. He was a graphic designer, an illustrator and a journalist, but most of all, an author of the famous comic book series „Tytus, Romek i A’Tomek”!

In his young years, Papcio was a scout and later on a soldier, he even faught in the Warsaw’s uprising. But he focused his career almost entirely on this series, telling the story of Tytus de Zoo, an anthropomorphic, talking chimpanzee, who wants to become a human. The last, 31st book of the main series was published in 2008, but Chmielewski continued to create other works, such as artbooks, with his characters. Until today, the series has been sold in over 11 million copies!

Chmielewski’s comics are known for the use of absurd humour, puns and word plays. Aimed at children and teenagers, with the goal of being both entertaining and educational, his works often explores history (especially history of Poland), science, art or have the characters trying different professions.

Papcio Chmiel passed away last week – at night from January 21st to 22nd 2021, in Warsaw, being 97 years old.