Bogusław Polch was an illustrator of, among others “Captain Żbik”, “Gods from space”, “Funky Koval” and “The Witcher” series. Nowa Fantastyka publisher informed about the artist’s death on Friday evening.
Bogusław Polch (owner of Połch) died on January 2, at the age of 78. He was best known for the comic book series ‘Captain Żbik’, ‘Funky Koval’, the SF series ‘Expedition’ and of course the comic book series about The Witcher. Many readers could not forgive Polch the hairstyle with the bangs that the cartoonist gave Geralt of Rivia.
Bogusław Polch made his debut at the age of 17 with two short cartoon stories in the youth newspaper “ubiquitous correspondent”. But the first comic released was “The Golden” Mauritius from the series about Captain Żbik, in which he collaborated with Grzegorz Rosiński, a friend from a high school of art in Warsaw. A series of seven notebooks about the adventures of a brave policeman was created in 1970-1975 by Sport and Tourism. In 2013, another part was released, namely “Beach in Pourville” published by Culture of Wrath.
– All these comics are my children. I have no favorites. Although I think I like “Żbik” least, because it’s not entirely my child – admits the cartoonist.
An unusually characteristic line of the illustrator, although some critics claim that in the case of The Witcher the coarse one was able to deceive the reader, because the author himself was a supporter of extremely precise drawing and boards full of details. In a statement for the now defunct AQQ Comics Magazine (2/2000) Janusz Christa said about a colleague:
And Polch … Oh, this one is absolutely amazing. He used to show me the side of his Funky Koval . There was a drawing of a hero holding a coin in his hand. All inscriptions were placed on this dollar, as on a real one. He had to do it under the microscope. I asked him why, after all, it would not be visible in print. He replied: “Of course! But I know it is there. “
The turn of the 1980s and 1990s was a time of cooperation with screenwriters: Maciej Parowski and Jacek Rodek. Together with them he created a series of comics about Funky Koval. The detective was cosmic, but echoes of Polish reality appeared in the comic itself. While Funky Koval was extremely popular on the domestic market, the “Gods from Space – Expedition” series made a real career (still on sale, as well as the re-editions of “Captain Żbik”). The script for the comic book commissioned by the German publishing house Econ was based on the views of Erich von Däniken. The script was written by Arnold Mostowicz and Alfred Górny. The series was published in 1978 – 1982 and was translated into 11 languages.
In the 90s, Polch together with Maciej Parowski ( also recently deceased ) created the six-part series “The Witcher”. Five parts are based on stories by Andrzej Sapkowski, one is a story invented by the authors of the comic. While working on “The Witcher”, Polch changed the style of drawing and applied the procedure of bouncing ready boards several times to get the impression of an unreal, blurred world.
In 2009, the artist was awarded the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis. The artist’s funeral will begin on January 9 at 2:00 PM in Warsaw Powązki Military.