Illustrators respond to Charlie Hebdo
magazine attack


Jean Jullien Je Suis Charlie illustration

Cartoonists and graphic designers from around the world have responded to yesterday's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Twelve staff members at Charlie Hebdo were killed and eleven more were wounded after gunman opened fire at the publication's office in Paris.

The magazine has published satirical cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed in the past, previously leading to a stream of death threats and the firebombing of the office in 2011.

Following yesterday's attack, members of the public took to the streets to show support for the victims in cities across France, as well as London, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Moscow and more, holding up black signs that read "Je Suis Charlie" – which translates as "I am Charlie" – in white writing.

Political cartoonists have now responded with illustrated messages decrying terrorism and promoting freedom of speech, which were published and proliferated on social media website Twitter using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie – a selection of which can be seen below.

Dave Brown of The Independent UK

Rob Tornoe of the Philly Inquirer

French illustrator Jean Jullien

The Telegraph's MATT

Plantu of Le Monde

Patrick Chappatte of The International New York Times

Ixène of Le Figaro

Harry Harrison of Hong Kong's SCMP News

Dave Pope of the Canberra Times

Steve Bell, illustrator for The Guardian

Tom Toles of the Washington Post

Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post

Na!, illustrator for BFMTV

Dutch cartoonist Joep Bertrams

Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune

Dutch political cartoonist Ruben L Oppenheimer

Canadian political cartoonist Michael de Adder

British cartoonist Dave Walker

London illustrator Lucile Clerc

Sebastian Tanti Burlò of Times of Malta

Illustrator Oriel Malet

British illustrator Royston Robertson

Illustrator Maumont

  • Parisian

    Our strength comes from unity, our freedom from expression. We will continue to satirize and laugh at those who attempt to undermine these principles.

  • Ron.

    For Charlie.

    • Momo

      Nope. Humour is not dead, he called me this morning to say he’s alive but just embarrassed by my joke.

  • Je suis Charlie!

  • Sam

    I’m no good at illustrations, but if someone could draw up a decent image of a giant hand using a newspaper to swat at a fly-sized extremist…

    Our thoughts are with the people of Paris.

  • Sara

    Though my feelings go out to the victims of the shooting, it should be known that the magazine was not some activist group using satire to bring about important social change.

    The magazine is widely known for being Islamophobic, racist and homophobic. Free speech comes with responsibility and they are not responsible at all. As a designer and artist and person of the world, my heart goes out and I feel their pain.

    Mais, je ne suis pas charlie because “free speech” should not be celebrated as a disguise for hate. People are scared and are hurting, but I cannot be an ally to the magazine. I am an ally to the victims and their families, but not Charlie Hedbo.

    • Bakhtin

      Your comment is clearly a sensitive one and
      I respect your opinion. However, I think you’re overlooking the importance of ruthless satire in free societies.

      Anybody or anything with power over others
      in a democratic society needs to be – and should always be – open to being mocked and challenged. The magazine did not exclude anybody from its editorial mocking, so to describe it as you do is misunderstanding the genre and its rich history.

      It is a very dangerous society that shackles speech in any form – be it distasteful, hateful or just merely rude. Being offended should not inspire a person to pick up a rifle and shoot another human.

      If we put a stop to magazines such as Charlie Hebdo, we open up the possibility of comedians being silenced because they are “too close to the bone”, television shows taken off the air
      because “they offended too many people” and a slow drift towards a society so anxious with itself that it imposes draconian laws.

      Sometimes people need to be offended to see the ridiculous nature of conformity, structure, power and daily life. Just think, Elvis offended when he moved his hips in a certain way. The Beatles offended with their lyrics. Think of the numerous playwrights and poets with banned publications or shows in the past… Now think of a world where nobody was
      ever offended!

      It would be a very stagnant, controlling and humourless place. To pick one group out and relentlessly pursue it offensively can be described as “racist”, homophobic” etc. To go after everyone with equal restlessness and daring humour, uncaring if it offended, can be described as holding a mirror up to aspects of society – perhaps even as brave.

      We clearly agree this situation is tragic. How lucky we are that we can have this conversation without fearing reprisal. There are many in the world that do not live with that privilege. It’s something we must protect at all costs.

    • booo!

      N’importe quoi. If you don’t like it, don’t read it.

    • John

      Well Charlie Hebdo is neither Islamophobic nor homophobic. The latest issue was about Islamophobic writers to make fun of them… It was a satirical newspaper that made fun of Christians, politicians, gays, straights, right-wing, left-wing, jews, muslims and so on…

    • rem

      Charlie Hebdo is a self proclaimed anti-clerical and anarchist. They’ve always proclaimed love over hate (see their cover on one of the illustration above).

      They’re neither Islamophobic nor homophobic or racist. Claiming such is simply complacent with the terrorists.

    • M. Vitruvius

      “Free speech” should be celebrated, period.

    • Pat Adams

      Agreed. The dominant culture tends to view the sensitivities of other cultures as superstitious, or primitive, or childish. We think of ourselves as so liberated, so advanced, so above it all. We make the rules and we keep score. We deride those whom we see as lacking a sense of humor.

      Just because we can satirize Mohammad, doesn’t mean we should. We have some responsibility, as the dominate culture, to err on the side of respect when dealing with other cultures. When the boss belittles an employee, it carries a special sting, not present if the same belittling comes from a fellow employee.

      Discretion please. Not censorship. Just a bit of discretion, a wisp of kindness, a touch of tolerance, a little mercy for the sensitivity of a less powerful brother or sister.

      And agreed. No reason to kill. Never. Not now. Ever.

  • But nobody will draw Mohammed in solidarity. Wouldn’t it be awesome if every newspaper just published a cartoon Mohammed?

    • sableagle

      A cartoon of Muhammed, Jesus, Moses and Zoroastra, tears in all their eyes. Muhammed welcoming the cartoonists to Heaven and Jesus tugging at God’s sleeves and pointing… while God sits there playing the harmonica or something.

  • Très ému par les tragiques venues sur Paris, le 7 Janvier 2015 a réalisé ce film «Sans mots » pour exprimer mes sentiments .

  • Creo En Jesus

    This is the truth!

  • Squaeky bum

    Double the price of next week’s issue of Charlie Hebdo and give all the profit to the innocent victims.

  • pavko

    Enjoy the life!