Popular Times of Malta cartoonist Maurice Tanti Burlo passes away aged 78
Wednesday, 10 December 2014, 21:02Last update: about 5 hours ago
Maurice Tanti Burlo
Times of Malta cartoonist Maurice Tanti Burlo or as he was better known Nalizperla, passed away today, aged 78.
In an obituary, the Times said he began drawing cartoons for the publication in October 1977 to "get back at Mintoff" for the way Telemalta employees, such as him, were suspended without pay for supporting doctors, nurses and bankers on strike.
His chosen pseudonym Nalizpelra had featured in his cartoon showing an army of dissatisfied workers from all over Malta firing shots at a mean-looking Prime Minister Dom Mintoff, depicted as a bird.
He published three books A worm's eyeview in 1982, Blame it on Dom! in 2002 and Blame it on Ed! in 2004 and took part in more than 50 art and cartooning exhibitions in Malta and abroad since 1962.
He won the BPC Award to Journalists when the cartoons section was first introduced in 1998 and again in 2002.
He is survived by Elena Gatt and they had a son, Sebastian.