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SALUTING MAURICE SENDAK: A visual tribute to a rumpus-loving legend

SINCE TUESDAY MORNING, when word began to spread that the long influential and always inimitable and sometimes deliciously irascible Maurice Sendak had died that day, at age 83, Comic Riffs has heard from numerous cartoonists and other illustrators and authors who said that they had been inspired by the man’s genius.

I join in their chorus.

Nodding to Sendak’s visual and verbal eloquence, I salute his towering talent and artistic humanity today the best way I know how: By co-opting an iconic illustration of his and adopting his very own words about loss and love.

Thank you for everything, Mr. Sendak.


“I cry because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave and I love them more.” — MAURICE SENDAK (MICHAEL CAVNA / Comic Riffs/The Washington Post)

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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