I don’t like drawing what we in the business call “obituary cartoons.” I especially don’t like drawing what we call “Pearly Gate” cartoons. So why did I draw this cartoon?
A lot of my clients will be looking for something from me on this, and logically, I was able to get it out very quickly. I recognize that sometimes, a death is big and I need to draw a cartoon on it. Though I like to make a statement, I’ll do a “Pearly Gate” cartoon if I think I can do it differently. For me, the biggest tragedy of this is Gigi.
Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter had her entire life ahead of her. She had dreams of going to UConn which I’m sure she would have accomplished. Kobe’s death, along with the other seven on the helicopter is indeed tragic. I’m not trying to downplay or even disrespect the work of others that have focused on Kobe. But the biggest reason I drew this cartoon is because it’ll probably be the only cartoon that only features Gigi.
I heard of this news while visiting a shoe store with my friend Kelly. Her son works at the store, so it was kinda weird to be there when I heard of Kobe’s death. Is it ironic that the store didn’t carry any of Kobe’s shoes? Anyway, we were all in shock, but from the store to the nearest Starbucks, I think we heard more sorrow expressed about Gigi.
The tragedy also rests with all those who knew and loved these people. But I think about Gigi’s mother and three sisters. Her mom lost her husband and daughter. Gigi’s sisters lost their dad and their sis. I can only imagine their sorrow and trauma and my heart goes out to them. Kobe and Gigi were both young.
It’s hard not to be affected by the death of someone whose entire professional career you watched. But I find myself spending more time thinking about Gigi.
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