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January 19, 2015

Links, Statements And Notes As They Relate To The Charlie Hebdo Killings

This is a clearinghouse for various links and articles related to the killings in and around the Charlie Hebdo offices, and its violent aftermath in Paris a couple of days later. There will be links to material and the employment of images here or in the linked-to articles that may upset. Every link and every image used is intended to better facilitate this site's mission to inform.

* it does strike me as largely idiotic that a person can get in trouble in France right now for a cartoon that follows the Charlie Hebdo script almost to the letter.

* designer, writer and comics-maker Chip Kidd tweets out his door decoration.

* here's a piece about a rally in Chechnya against the cartoons. It saddens me that we have a binary of the nature of the cartoons vs. free speech, but we pretty much all walked right into that one. Here's a piece about reactions in Turkey, which is a horrid place for free-speech rights these days.

* Here's one of many reports about Henri Roussel suggesting Charb is culpable in somew ay for the deaths of the Hebdo staffers. Roussel is a co-founder of the publication. Here's the Independent with the same story.

* Ron Regé Jr. reacts.

* over seven million sold of the first Hebdo issue post-killings. One of those cartoonists, Jen Sorensen, did this cartoon about the affair.

* Michael O'Connell talks to a trio of cartoonist about the killings.

* Francois Hollande's approval ratings are way up in great part because of his response to this whole mess.

* Jonathan Guyer notes that many cartoonists in the Middle East found it easy to sympathize with the Hebdo cartoonists killed because of the incredible struggles they face in terms being able to express themselves freely.

* finally, here's the National Cartoonists Society gallery. Scroll down and look at Ron Evry's. I don't really like the conflation of the Charlie Brown character with these murders, but Evry's take on it did get a laugh out of me.
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