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

The power of the pen: Cartoonists worldwide react to the Charlie Hebdo attack
By Sarah Taylor
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The attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the deaths of cartoonists Jean Cabut (Cabu), Georges Wolinski, Stéphane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier, Bernard


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

De tout coeur avec Charlie Hebdo.

— PLANTU (@plantu) 7 Janvier 2015

“Wholeheartedly with Charlie Hebdo”

Cartooning for Peace (CFP)

CFP est abasourdi par l’attaque tragique au siège de #CharlieHebdo. Nos pensées vont aux victimes.

— Cartooning for Peace (@CartooningPeace) 7 Janvier 2015

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

Delucq, press cartoonist, France

Soutien à mes collègues

— delucq (@DelucqX) January 7, 2015

“Supporting my colleagues.”

Hervé Pinel, cartoonist for the French press, illustrator

Hervé Pinel, dessinateur régulier au JDD, rend hommage à ses collègues de #CharlieHebdo

— Vivien Vergnaud (@Vivien_Vergnaud) January 7, 2015


Zep, comic strip author, France

Adieu Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, Charb...

— Zep (@Zeptheworld) 7 Janvier 2015

“Farewell Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, Charb…”

Na !, press cartoonist, France

Hommage de notre dessinateur @na_dessinateur aux victimes de

— BFMTV (@BFMTV) 7 Janvier 2015

(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 Janv. 1, 2015 at 8:05 PST

“Where is the courage?”

Cabu Wolinski Charb Tignous

Une photo publiée par Joann Sfar (@joannsfar) le Janv. 1, 2015 at 7:58 PST

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

Comment dessiner aujourd'hui ? Comment ne pas dessiner aujourd'hui ?

— Martin Vidberg (@Vidberg) 7 Janvier 2015

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


Boulet, comic strip author, France

— -Boulet- (@Bouletcorp) 7 Janvier 2015

“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

L'hommage du dessinateur Julien Couty

— Télérama (@Telerama) January 7, 2015

Nono, press cartoonist, France

#CharlieHebdo : l'hommage de notre dessinateur Nono

— Le Télégramme (@LeTelegramme) January 7, 2015

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


Marion Barraus, illustrator, France

— Marion Barraud (@MarionBarraud) 7 Janvier 2015

Loïc Sécherresse, comic book author and illustrator, France

7 janvier 2015 / January 7, 2015

— Loïc Sécheresse (@loicsecheresse) 7 Janvier 2015

“January 7, 2015.”

Sylvain Sarrailh, illustrator, France

Gros chagrin :

— Tohad (@VoisinsduChaos) January 7, 2015

Tommy, press cartoonist, France


— Tommy dessine (@Tommydessine) January 7, 2015

“Oh no… Not them…”

Jean Jullien, illustrator, France/UK

I am devastated by what just happened in France.

— jean jullien (@jean_jullien) January 7, 2015

“I am Charlie.”

Joep Bertrams, political cartoonist, the Netherlands

Charlie Hebdo. Nooit opzij.

— Joep Bertrams (@joepbertrams) 7 Janvier 2015

Ruben L. Oppenheimer, political cartoonist, the Netherlands


— Ruben L. Oppenheimer (@RLOppenheimer) 7 Janvier 2015

Vagelis Papavasillou, Greece

— Vagelis Papavasiliou (@vagpapavasiliou) January 7, 2015

MacLeodCartoons, cartoonist for Evansville Courier, United States

— MacLeodCartoons (@MacLtoons) January 7, 2015

Nate Beeler, cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch, United States

RIP #CharlieHebdo cartoonists. My toon from 2010:

— Nate Beeler (@natebeeler) January 7, 2015

Bernardo Erlich, Argentina

Atentado a Charlie Hebdo.

— Bernardo Erlich (@berlich) January 7, 2015

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


Carlos Latuff, political cartoonist, Brazil

Please, RT! #CharlieHebdo attack has another victim! Via

— Carlos Latuff (@LatuffCartoons) January 7, 2015

Francisco J. Olea, Chile

— Francisco J. Olea (@oleismos) 7 Janvier 2015

“Companions in arms.”

Malaimagen, Chile

La viñeta de hoy. Comparta y/o comente si quiere. #CharlieHebdo

— malaimagen (@malaimagen) January 7, 2015

Neelabh Banerjee, cartoonist, India


Horrible attack.Cartoonists across the world are uniting against bloodshed and violence.

— Neelabh Banerjee (@NeelabhToons) January 7, 2015

David Pope, political cartoonist, Canberra Times, Australia

Can't sleep tonight, thoughts with my French cartooning colleagues, their families and loved ones

— David Pope (@davpope) 7 Janvier 2015

A selection of newspaper front pages

The letter from The Independent's Deputy Editor: In solidarity with #CharlieHebdo

— The Independent (@Independent) January 8, 2015

B.Z.-Titelseite nach dem Anschlag auf #CharlieHebdo. Alle Infos im Liveticker:

— BZ Berlin B.Z. (@bzberlin) January 7, 2015

Rettelse, @Politiken's forside imorgen. Nu uploadet MED leder - stadig flot

— Jesper Dahl Jeppesen (@jesperdahl) January 7, 2015

La une de "L'Echo Haute Vienne", via @jeromevallette. Pas besoin de mots.

— Cyril Petit (@cyrilpetit99) January 7, 2015

Unsere Titelseite von morgen.


Onze voorpagina morgen.

— De Morgen (@demorgen) January 7, 2015

Tomorrow's @TheTorontoSun front page. Our Andy Donato sets the tone as people around the world draw strength.

— Wendy Metcalfe (@WendyM_TorSun) January 8, 2015

Ce soir, La Tribune rend hommage à la rédaction de #CharlieHebdo dans son édition numérique >>

— LaTribune (@LaTribune) January 7, 2015

#EnPortada Todos somos #CharlieHebdo -

— La Razón (@larazon_es) January 8, 2015

And last, but not least…

The #CharlieHebdo shooting seen by euronews' cartoonist ElBartho

— euronews (@euronews) January 8, 2015

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