Thursday, January 8, 2015

Charlie Hebdo - A Call To Arms

I was having hope for 2015 to be a good year, but the first major news story of the year is terrorizing.

Yesterday was a terrible day for cartoonists, satirists, writers, and journalists around the world. The attack on Charlie Hebdo publication headquarters killed several people in France. 

After meeting several political cartoonists back in 2011, I was aware that many cartoonists are targeted everyday for their voice. I was aware that Charlie Hebdo was targeted before and, sadly, I'm not surprised this tragedy has happened. I like to live in a land of endless rainbows and bubble tea, but the world outside my protective bubble is a messed up place.

These days you never know who you will offend. My wish is that cartoons and articles open up dialogue about issues and real verbal discussion arises. Killing is not the answer. Let's solve our problems with art. You can have a gun or you can have a pencil.

Violence is weakness. Art is power. 

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