A Charlie Hebdo Retrospective

Art by Patrick Chappatte, for International New York Times. All rights reserved.

Art by Patrick Chappatte, for International New York Times. All rights reserved.

When so many people pounced on the horror of the Charlie Hebdo attack, I chose to deal with it internally.

Spend a little time with it.

Really absorb the attack. Absorb the loss of life over a cartoon.

People shot and killed…over a fucking cartoon.

A fucking cartoon.

Art by Michael de Adder. All rights reserved.

Art by Michael de Adder. All rights reserved.

As you can see, I’m no closer to processing this as I was the day it happened.

Honestly, how do you process this? This world is crazy. It’s a place where someone will actively plan and execute a fucking massacre –fucking shoot you– over a cartoon.

Yeah. I still can’t resolve that in my head. I don’t think I ever will.

Fuck, I can’t even write about it properly.

Strings of words come out. Some fairly coherent. But mostly, it’s a some version of ‘Really? Over a fucking cartoon?!?”

Art by Jean Jullien. All rights reserved.

Art by Jean Jullien. All rights reserved.

Anyways, while surfing the web for some new art content for the blog, I came across this great recap of artistic responses to the #CharlieHebdo attack.

The images in this post are a highlight from the article over at booooooom.com

To see the rest of the cartoons (which I highly suggest!), click the link below.
Cartoonists and Illustrators Around the World Respond to #CharlieHebdo Attack in Paris

I’m amazed at just how much just writing this post affected me emotionally. It feels like it’s crushing me. The enormity of this tragedy –the weight of it– is a heavy burden to bear, for all of us.

Death over a fucking cartoon. How ridiculous…and utterly soul crushing.

Art by Lucille Clero. All rights reserved.

Art by Lucille Clero. All rights reserved.

My friend, and insanely talented artist, Mortimer Glum had some words on the subject. They do the situation the justice I just can’t.

Rarely am I moved by the madness of events outside my studio walls. The world has never been a stable place and my work is a reflection of that. But the attack in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper just hits a little close to home.

I’m always saying that the best art is never “safe”. That it should make you feel uncomfortable. That means that it is on the pulse of something that has yet to come, rather than what is here, accepted, packaged and profitable. But it shouldn’t get you shot…
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It is with a heavy heart, but hope for the future, I say unto thee…

“Art the World!”

-Savage1

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