Bitter people/Better people Luciano Pavarotti
A cartoonist often receives requests, dedications on published volumes, original drawings with dedications, and original panels. It is not uncommon to receive such requests also from famous people. As a rule, at least in our case, it makes no difference to us. It has occurred over the years to send drawings, copies or other items to a number of comics lovers.
Almost everyone says thanks, usually via email or sometimes through a card. And from the closest people (in the sense of personal relationships), it’s through a phone call. Sometimes it’s even via a small or symbolic gift.
But this is not always a custom among the famous people. But let’s not talk about those who, after making a request, do not find the time to say thanks. Let’s leave them to their rudeness.
Let us talk about beautiful people instead.
Today we pay homage to the great Luciano Pavarotti.
A few years ago I held an interview with a brilliant American cartoonist who had a passion for opera and exalted the figure of Pavarotti. Once the volume was published we sent a copy to Big Luciano with a request for a dedication from him for his cartoonist friend. It’s not that we doubted it, but imagining the tenor’s intense life we had taken into account that the request would get lost among the thousands of others that he received every day.
But we were wrong. It so happens with good people. Not even a week passed and the postman handed us an envelope with a large photograph of Luciano with a dedication. It was shipped immediately to Connecticut.
What can I say, it’s just a cliché: the bigger, the more accessible they are.