The power of the pen: Cartoonists worldwide react to the Charlie Hebdo attack

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By Sarah Taylor
The power of the pen: Cartoonists worldwide react to the Charlie Hebdo attack

The attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the deaths of cartoonists Jean Cabut (Cabu), Georges Wolinski, Stéphane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier, Bernard Verlhac (Tignous) and eight others has sparked international reaction. Press or otherwise, people around the world have responded with their most powerful weapon: the pen.

Here is a selection of cartoons in tribute to those who died in the Paris shooting.

Plantu, cartoonist for Le Monde and L’Express and President of Cartooning for Peace

“Wholeheartedly with Charlie Hebdo”

Cartooning for Peace (CFP)

“CFP is dumbfounded by the attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices. Our thoughts go out to the victims.”

Delucq, press cartoonist, France

“Supporting my colleagues.”

Hervé Pinel, cartoonist for the French press, illustrator


Zep, comic strip author, France

“Farewell Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, Charb…”

Na !, press cartoonist, France

(From top, anti-clockwise) “Why? Shotgun? Kalashnikov? Hand grenade?”

Sfar, comic strip author, France

Où est le courage?

Une photo publiée par Joann Sfar (@joannsfar) le

“Where is the courage?”

Cabu Wolinski Charb Tignous

Une photo publiée par Joann Sfar (@joannsfar) le

Martin Vidberg, cartoonist for the French press and illustrator, France

“Today I am a press cartoonist.
Today I am a journalist.
Today, I draw for Charlie Hebdo.”

Boulet, comic strip author, France

“Ducks will always fly higher than guns.”
(In French, the word “canard” means “duck”, but is also a slang term for a newspaper.)

Julien Couty, illustrator, France

Nono, press cartoonist, France

“Died for freedom of expression. Cobu, Wolinski, Tignous, Charb.”

Marion Barraus, illustrator, France

Loïc Sécherresse, comic book author and illustrator, France

“January 7, 2015.”

Sylvain Sarrailh, illustrator, France

Tommy, press cartoonist, France

“Oh no… Not them…”

Jean Jullien, illustrator, France/UK

“I am Charlie.”

Joep Bertrams, political cartoonist, the Netherlands

Ruben L. Oppenheimer, political cartoonist, the Netherlands

Vagelis Papavasillou, Greece

MacLeodCartoons, cartoonist for Evansville Courier, United States

Nate Beeler, cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch, United States

Bernardo Erlich, Argentina

“The world has become so serious that humour is now a risky profession.”

Carlos Latuff, political cartoonist, Brazil

Francisco J. Olea, Chile

“Companions in arms.”

Malaimagen, Chile

Neelabh Banerjee, cartoonist, India

David Pope, political cartoonist, Canberra Times, Australia

A selection of newspaper front pages

And last, but not least…