Charlie Hebdo: Illustrators and cartoonists respond

Illustrators and cartoonists worldwide have responded to the horrific attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with images of outrage and support

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Illustrators and cartoonists worldwide have responded to the horrific attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with images of outrage and support

One of the most widely shared responses was by French illustrator Jean Jullien (shown top) who stated on his website that he was “devastated by what happened at Charlie Hebdo. Freedom of speech is a universal right and a worthy cause”,


James Jarvis also shared this message of solidarity


And this was James Victore‘s response


Lucille Clerc contributed this (which was widely attributed to Banksy,including by us initially)


This from Gwendal Le Bec


In today’s papers, cartoonists express thier solidarity with their murdered colleagues at Charlie Hebdo, Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski, Philippe Honoré and Bernard Verlhac (full list of all those who died here). Steve Bell in The Guardian was typically muscular in his response


The Independent’s front page carries this from Dave Brown


Other notable responses include this from David Pope


From Francisco J Olea


And from Ruben L. Oppenheimer






  • Nicholas Moll

    Some brilliant responses – truly worthy of their profession.

  • I think what happened is a terrible crime of murder and terror.
    Now to the topic of freedom of expression, there is no freedom of expression. No one dares to deny the holocaust, debate it ever happened or even the figures of its actual victims, or, or, or, etc. for fear of being charged of anti-Semitic sentiments!!! Americans took to the streets of NY to peacefully express their thoughts while practicing freedom of speech, so did the British and we know what happened there. US forces in Iraq deliberately targeted a hotel with international journalists as well as Al Jazeera crews on several occasions in various locations. The Israeli armed forces shoots at news crews and kills activists practicing their freedom of speech. The list of countries, governments and documented incidents is too long to list but you get the idea. The world stood speechless while freedom of life and lives were taken because of a single lie about WMD in Iraq. Peace. My deepest condolences go to the families of the victims of this terrorist act.

  • skoupidiaris

    @LOUAI Alasfahani In some parts of the world there is freedom of expression, which comes with critique as a counterforce. No one would shoot you down for denying any holocaust. Being accused of having anti-Semitic views is hardly the same thing. I’m pretty sure at Charlie Hebdo they should have had a lot of critique from people of various religions all these years and not only. Also, people all around the world have condemned both US and Israeli actions against islamic states, and even though all these have never been taken into account by the governments, people are still free to do it. Just to express… now actually taking action against, is a different thing.

  • Tim Masters

    Truly excellent work (Steve Bell’s is typically hilarious) and a brilliant – and courageous – cover on The Indy. Top marks.

  • Celestial Elf

    Very moved by the tragic goings on Paris 7th, January 2015,
    made this film ‘Without Words’ to express my feelings.

  • But – nobody drew Muhammad.

    Imagine if yesterday, every newspaper, every illustrator agreed to represent Muhammad in an act of defiant solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, to truly stand with them.

    But nobody did. A pencil poking into a rifle is not enough. A snapped pen is not enough. Visual metaphors are not enough. Represent Muhammad, or sit this one out – your contribution is clever, pretty, hot air.

    Condemning the attacks on one hand, but cowering in fear by self-censoring on the other is not solidarity. It leaves the cartoonists out in the cold, on their own, with nobody by their side.

    I don’t care for Charlie Hebdo’s eagerness to offend, and I don’t even think their magazine is funny, but on a case of this importance illustrators missed an opportunity to say: on freedom of expression we will not budge. To hell with good taste, we will not be told what we can and cannot draw.

    And all these illustrations fail for that reason.

  • There is much truth in the quote ‘Less is more’. The illustration by Lucille Clerc caught my attention immediately when I first saw it. It so beautifully shows an attitude of defiance and camaraderie. I just hope that people of all religions have the bravery to unit against these evil campaigns.

  • Tom Bunney

    je suis charlie, je suis charlie, je suis charlie, jesu is charlie, je suis charlie, je suis charlie

    – freedom of speech, a different view of the same thing.

  • Yasmine Zazi

    I’m waiting holding my breath. But I think I’d better start breathing if I don’t want to die of suffocation.

    17 journalists massacres by Israel in Gaza, 2014.
    Where were these “freedom of speech” people then??? #CharlieHebdo

    Just because you believe differently from someone doesn’t give you the right to insult what he believes.

    Freedom is to respect each other.

    Charlie Hebdo type of mockery of religion is highly offensive to all people of faith!

    We also have the right to be respected.
    Or don’t we?

    French officialdom is a case of atheistic oppression of all religions and completely uncivilized and unacceptable to anyone who is just.

    First they ban religious symbols,
    then all mention of God.
    Then perversely mock what others hold sacred.
    Then complain about insane actions!!!?

    Murder is unacceptable and must be punished.
    So is mocking other’s sacred symbols, religious beliefs.

    Freedom is to respect difference.

    I’m not Hindu but I wouldn’t dream of mocking Hindu gods.
    We simply weren’t brought up like that.
    That’s being civilised in my world.

    It’s time all decent people speak out against perversity in the name of freedom.

    Believe whatever you want but SHUT UP about others beliefs!!!

    A Jew can’t wear a yarmulke.
    A Muslim the Hijab.
    A Christian, a Cross.
    But Charlie can mock all three!

    -That’s French freedom for you!!

    God banned murder.
    When you mock God and His symbols you mock His laws.
    Then why be surprised when others also ignore those laws?

    Mockery is not freedom.
    Insulting people is not freedom.

    Because both are also violence in another form.

    Honor is more important than life

    Let the Charlie Hebdo incident be the last of it’s kind.
    Let’s wake up and put a stop to this! Bring all those responsible to book

  • Fernando Perez

    The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” can absolutely be seen in this article. It’s amazing how people can make us rethink and look at things differently. A picture can tell a story and it can also start a revolution which many people think will happen. I have been seeing Je Suis Charlie everywhere even in sports with people taking a moment of silence for the ones affected. Until recently I did not know what the “Je Suis Charlie” meant even though I had heard of the incident that had happen in Paris. Now I have done a little more research into it and understand what happened and what it meant. This issue has become such a big thing and will not stop anytime soon either which I believe is a good thing because it can become such a big thing that it can find the ones responsible and bring them to justice.

  • jo

    Larmes aux yeux…crayon contre kalach, intelligence contre connerie, combat inégal.