Sukias Torosyan, AKA Toto, in front of some of his cartoons

Finding Humor in the World, One Cartoon at a Time


By Marietta Khachatryan

YEREVAN (Azg) — Cartoonist Sukias Torosyan, known as Toto, has been the cartoonist for the Armenian Mirror-Spectator and its sister publication, Azg, in Armenia, for a long time.

Earlier this month, two events were held to celebrate the rare talent of this cartoonist, painter and opera director.

First, at the Tekeyan Cultural Association, on the occasion of his 60th birthday, the opening of an exhibition of his cartoons took place.

Hakob Avedikian

And second, the same locale was the site of a celebration for the launch of his new book, whose title translates to Great Events of a Little Country.

The book contains a collection of cartoons referring to political events in Armenia as well as in the region and the world.

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Azg editor Hakob Avedikian opened the exhibition, saying: “Enjoy, if you can, of course, the sharp barbs of Toto,” adding that satire is a sign of health. When presenting the book, he mentioned the sponsors, the Tekeyan Cultural Association and Mihran Minassian, a member of the Central Board of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada and one of the founders of Azg. Minassian, he said, aimed to make the publication one that offered satire and analysis and that Torosyan’s cartoons delivered on both fronts.

Avedikian added that Toto’s art follows the tradition of diasporan Armenian satirical cartoonists in the Middle East.

TCA of USA and Canada representative Gayane Muradyan presented the book and thanked Minassian and Central Board President Edmond Y. Azadian for the opportunity to organize a book printing and

Torosyan also received a certificate of appreciation from Yerevan Tekeyan Center Director Armen Tsulikyan.

The traditional book blessing ceremony

Hamlet Gasparyan, from the office of the President of the Republic of Armenia, also spoke about the post-independence beginning of political satire

Torosyan successfully collaborates with the Armenian Mirror-Spectator in Boston on international issues and uses bold satire to skewer world politics. He and the Mirror-Spectator editor work well through email.

Topics: Cartoons


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