I consider myself a cartoonist. I’ve been drawing cartoons since I could draw. I actually even got in trouble in high school for controversial anti-Reagan editorial cartoons I did for the high school paper that were also published in the local paper on their “Under 20” page. Some people have said that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons were “asking for it.” Others have said that the cartoons were offensive/obscene/profane/bad, as if these had been painters or musicians or some other type of “real” artist who had been attacked, it would have been a bigger deal. But it’s not about WHAT you draw. It’s not about being offensive. It’s not even about liking the cartoons that Charlie Hebdo has been publishing since 1970. It’s about someone deciding that because they don’t like what you drew, you are worthy of killing.
And the way things are, someone could be offended by anything someone else drew.
5 guys who drew cartoons were killed because some other guys with guns didn’t like those cartoons. And that’s not right.
à la mémoire de:
Cabu (Jean Cabut)
Charb (Stéphane Charbonnier)
Tignous (Bernard Verlhac)
Philippe Honoré (Honoré)
(ce sont les caricaturistes)
Bernard Maris (“Uncle Bernard”)
Et les policiers:
(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)