How I drew the new Charlie Hebdo cover – Luz

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Luz, a survivor of last weeks Charlie Hebdo attacks, drew this week’s cover and gave a moving account of how he created the front page. He broke down repeatedly during the press conference on Tuesday.

I invoked all the talents of the magazine, all those who were not there any more, all those were still there, I said to myself, we must do a drawing that above all makes us laugh, and not one on the emotional charge we are victims of.

I had the idea of drawing this character of Mohammed, as it’s my character, because he existed, at least in people’s hearts, and in any case he exists when I draw him.

He is a character that got our offices burned, and a character who at first got us treated as the great white knights of the freedom of the press because the offices had burned down. Then a year later when we redrew the character we were treated as dangerous provocative and irresponsible. So this character led us to be called either white knights or provocateurs, whereas we are above all cartoonists who draw little people like children do.

The terrorists were once kids, they drew like us, like all kids, then one day they perhaps lost their sense of humour, perhaps their child soul able to see the world from a bit of a distance, because that’s Charlie – being able to draw the world from a small distance. So I drew saying to myself: “I am Charlie”. That was my idea but it wasn’t enough.

The only idea left was to draw Mohammed, I am Charlie. Then I looked at him, he was crying. Then above, I wrote: “All is forgiven”, and then cried. We had the front page, we had finally found this bloody front page. This was our front page.

This was not the front page the world wanted us to draw, it was our front page.

This is not the front page that the terrorists want us to draw, as there are no terrorists in it, just a man who cries: it’s Mohammed. I am sorry that we drew him again, but the Mohammed we drew is a Mohammed who is crying above all.”

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One thought on “How I drew the new Charlie Hebdo cover – Luz

  1. Charlie Hebdo humor can be considered offensive depending where you are coming from, but many find him funny and acceptable. Charlie attacks with a pen, and people who feel offended should respond with a pen. A debate or another article as a response maybe. Because of an article we consider offensive, we should not kill the way it happened. He is licenced to publish in his own country where freedom is core. I can be offended with the level of disrespect depicted in the cartoons. I also agree that freedom of speech should not be a license for people to disrespect others with different beliefs or lifestyle choices but the world is changing. Charlie is considered a racist, insulting and insensitive by many, but they do not respond with violence. However we also need to remember if there was ever a positive outcome from insulting another person or religion. Finally when majority religion is made fun of it is easier for the majority to take it in the open public as an opinion from their own kind. However for a minority religion it get real hard to take the abuses from the majority Most western countries have legislation to protect their minorities. Free speech is allowed as long as it I an opinion and not distorting fact.

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