In the wake of the horrific shooting at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, illustrators and cartoonists around the world come together in solidarity with the 12 artists and ordinary people who died in that event by doing what they do best – drawing cartoons that express their thoughts and emotions more eloquently than words ever could.

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Their messages range from anger and defiance to grief and hope, but there is a common thread. It is clear that, in their eyes, the people at Charlie Hebdo have died as martyrs who championed the freedom of expression and of the press, which are some of the core elements of a free society.

(h/t: reuters)

1. He drew first

Image credits: David Pope

2. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Image credits: Lucille Clerc


Image credits: Il Giornaleo

4. Unstoppable Charlie Hebdo

Image credits: Joep Bertrams


Image credits: Ruben L. Oppenheimer

6. We have avenged you

Image credits: David Fitzsimmons


Image credits: Rob Tornoe


Image credits: The Independent

9. He drew first

Image credits: Rafael Mantesso

10. I am Charlie

Image credits: Jamesuary

11. Oh no, not them

EDITOR’S NOTE: Charlie Hebdo often satirized Christians as well (Image credits: Tommy Dessine)


Image credits: Ann Telnaes


Image credits: JM Nieto

14. More Powerful

Image credits: Mac Leod


Image credits: Orgulloy Satisfaccion

16. They died for the freedom of expression

Image credits: Nono

17. As if we needed more humorless editors

Image credits: Nate Beeler

18. I am Charlie

Image credits: Magnus Shaw

19. Never!

Image credits: Korneel Jeuken


Image credits: Carlos Latuff

21. What we do best…

Image credits: Dwane Powell


Image credits: Ayesha Mattu

23. Without humor we are all dead

Image credits: New York Times

24. I am Charlie

Image credits: Jean Jullien

25. Ducks (newspapers) will always fly higher than guns

Image credits: Boulet

26. The world has become so serious that humor is a risky profession

Image credits: Bernardo Erlich


Image credits: Zero

28. What’s this little weapon?

Image credits: Satish Acharya