Belgian artist [b]Willy Linthout[/b] was born in Eksaarde on 1st April 1953. He started his career in comics as a prize winner in the Dutch edition of [i]A Suivre[/i]. He met TV and movie performer [b]Urbanus[/b] and they started an Urbanus comic. When it appeared in 1983 it was an immediate and huge success. Twenty-one years later the series had topped 100 albums and was still among the top sellers. That year his only son, Sam, committed suicide at the age of 21...
Years of the Elephantby Willy Linthout
Madam ... Sir ... May we come in? ... What could the policemen want at their door at this hour? ... I'm afraid we have some bad news! ... Before these dreadful words were spoken it had been a normal start to the day in the Germonprez residence. Carl checking on his modest investments in the newspaper, Simone tackling some early morning housework and their son Bart ... Your son has jumped off the roof! ... At first there was no pain, just the blur. Carl, in an emotional haze, heads off to work only to discover, on the sidewalk outside their home, a chalk outline where there had been a son. Willy Linthout follows Carl's journey intimately and sympathetically with unfinished art as he careers from colleagues to friends, therapists to machines, crazy to angry in his attempt to deal with his son's suicide. But, as Willy knows only too well himself, this particular journey is long and may be never ending.
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