A Response to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Dawn of the Unread

Artwork by Brick Artwork by Brick

John ‘Brick’ Clark is a political cartoonist who created our second issue: My Long Walk with Slav. He was friends of the artists who were murdered and offers his thoughts on the reactions to the tragic event on 9 January. 

Having met them at French and Irish cartoon festivals, I knew two of the cartoonists assassinated in the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Any encounter with the French cartoonists was invariably a roller coaster of sharp wit and rollicking humour, but I had a particular affinity with them because of my passion for cycling (Le Tour) and rugby, neither of which the Scottish had made much of an impression on at that time, something my French colleagues never failed to rub in.

Front cover of the Independent Front cover of the Independent

I followed the unfolding horror in real time, acutely aware that Cabu and Wolinski knew they were marked men…

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