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.
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