How illustrators responded to the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris

Date
8 January 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

It’s not very often that illustration finds itself at the centre of world events, but that came to pass yesterday when three gunmen attacked the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The publication – which lampoons anyone and everyone – was seemingly targeted because of the way it has mocked Islam in the past and three of its cartoonists (Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous) were among the 12 people killed. The illustration community was quick to respond with powerful and poignant imagery uploaded to social media. Jean Jullien’s “Je Suis Charlie” picture depicting a pencil being jammed into the end of a rifle was among the most shared tributes on Twitter, while others like Hattie Stewart paid more personal respects. Later the cartoonists at the major newspapers added their offerings to try and make sense of the events that played out in Paris.

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Steve Bell for The Guardian: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Dave Brown for The Independent: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Jean Jullien: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Mala Imagen: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Ruben L. Oppenheimer: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Joep Bertrams: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Hattie Stewart: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Tom Ungerer: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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MATT for The Telegraph: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Francisco J. Olea: Charlie Hebdo attack response

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Rob Alderson

Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.

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