The Times’ heart-rending energy crisis cartoon is the perfect tribute to Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs, the legendary artist and author died on Tuesday at the age of 88.
We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Raymond Briggs, creator of pioneering picture book The Snowman, the hilariously grumpy Father Christmas series and (much, much) more. All of us who had the privilege of working with him will miss him. pic.twitter.com/Ki9WHYi25M
— Penguin Books UK (@PenguinUKBooks) August 10, 2022
Usually described as a children’s author, his illustrated books often dealt with adult themes, such as dissatisfaction with life, the difficulties of the generational divide, mental health and, in his post-apocalyptic masterpiece When the Wind Blows, the human cost of nuclear warfare.
It was this work that formed the basis for the Times’ incredibly apt tribute.
Morten Morland’s cartoon, featuring When the Wind Blows characters Jim and Hilda Bloggs, expresses the utter bleakness of the fuel crisis in a way that he would surely have appreciated.
Morten shared his cartoon on Twitter.
— Morten Morland (@mortenmorland) August 10, 2022
People were very moved.
absolutely brilliant he would've been proud.
ya outdone yaself Morten
— Tom Johnston (@tomjohnston2796) August 10, 2022
Welling up here!
— Nick Newman (@Ncknwmn) August 10, 2022
Ok, that’s me broken for the day 😢
Beautiful and lovingly faithful, but heart wrenching how accurately this will depict many people’s autumn and winter.
— Ian Davison (@therealelvez) August 11, 2022
Gorgeous… and tragic. 👏👏👏 https://t.co/DTAjAAL6za
— Chris Cairns (@cairnstoon) August 10, 2022
— Stephanie (@foggyknitter) August 10, 2022
In conclusion –
Brilliant. And horrifying. And true. https://t.co/Ew2cUQizLl
— Keith W Dickinson 🎩 (@keithwdickinson) August 11, 2022
Raymond Briggs, 1934 – 2022. R.I.P.