Marek Raczkowski is a Polish cartoonist whose work I first came across in the pages of Polityka when I was living in Poland in the early '00s.
At first it was his appealing, goofily childlike drawing style that caught my eye. As my command of Polish improved I discovered that his jokes were of a rare order. He regularly and with subtle skill poked fun at features of contemporary Polish political and cultural life in such a way that his barbs would almost always carry a sting for men and women of any nation. I didn't always need to understand the reference to Politician X-ski or Actress Y-ówna to get the joke, because I knew people from my own culture - sometimes myself - who acted or thought in the way Raczkowski was mocking.
It became clear to me that Raczkowski was a great wit and deserved a wider, international audience. This blog is my attempt to create that audience for his work.
I will translate his cartoons as best as I am able. My Polish is not perfect and I no longer live in Poland, so I welcome corrections and explanations of references that I miss.
This site has not been approved of by Mr Raczkowski.