The creative community responded to yesterday’s attack on the offices of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hedbo with a show of solidarity and strength. Illustrators from the newspaper’s political cartoonists to artists best know for their commercial work were swift to create works to show their shock at what had happened and support for freedom of expression.
These works we published on major news sites and personal Twitter feeds, shared across that social network, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest by thousands. These works better represent how many of us felt than could be summed up in 140 characters or what you can fit in a Facebook post before it disappears behind ellipsis. It’s a testament to the power of illustration and the skills of those who created these works that they went so far so quickly.
Here we’ve collected seven of the most powerful and popular pieces, including this piece by Lucille Clerc that was often erroneously attributed to graffiti artist Banksy, after it was posted to a Twitter account called therealbanksy (which isn’t Banksy apparently).
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured yesterday. Je suis Charlie.
Jean Jullien – Je Suis Charlie
The phrase Je Suis Charlie (I am Charlie) trended quickly after the attacks, as Twitter users rallied around the phrase and its hashtag #jesuischarlie – standing against those who silence.
Je Suis Charlie appears to have been initially used mainly by journalists in solidarity with their murdered colleagues - but the phrase grew into a way to stand with those at Charlie Hebdo for wider communities.
This piece was created by French illustrator Jean Jullien, who said on his website: "I am devastated by what happened at Charlie Hebdo. Freedom of speech is a universal right and a worthy cause."
Dave Brown - The Independent
While most newspapers published shocking photos from Paris on their front pages – leading to accusations that they were amplifying an act of terrorism – The Independent printed Dave Brown's indignant response.
Steve Bell – The Guardian
Steve Bell’s cartoon for The Guardian also took defiance as its theme.
This cartoon by The Canberra Times's David Pope was widely shared, perhaps surprisingly considering its gallows humour.
Illustrator Hattie Stewart’s response eschews politics. It’s a simple message of love to the French people, accompanied by #jesuischarlie
Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff focussed on the damage that the attacks could inflict on Muslims around the world, as Islamaphobes use it as an excuse to target Muslims.