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Comics A.M. | ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoon sparks outrage

charlie hebdo-cartoon

Political cartoons | The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is in the headlines again, this time because of a cartoon that asks “What would little Aylan have become if he grew up? A groper of buttocks in Germany.” The cartoon shows two lecherous men running after women; in an inset is a drawing of the famous photograph of the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, who drowned off the coast of Turkey while fleeing Syria. The cartoon refers to reports that large numbers of men who appeared to be Arab robbed and sexually assaulted women in several German cities during the New Year’s celebrations. While many critics accused the magazine of racism, others countered that the cartoon is a commentary on how quickly European public opinion has swung from sympathy to xenophobia. The cartoon was drawn by Charlie Hebdo staffer Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau, who survived the deadly January 2015 attack on the magazine’s Paris offices.[CNN]

Political cartoons | Angelo Boccato interviews Arab cartoonists around the world, many of them working in exile, about their job and its perils. [Equal Times]

Angoulême International Comics Festival

Angoulême International Comics Festival

Festivals | For the past two years, there has been a movement to boycott the Angouleme International Comics Festival because it’s co-sponsored Sodastream, an Israeli company that, until September, had a factory in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. The effort’s organizers accused the company of discrimination as well as advocating politically for apartheid and displacement of residents. This year, Sodastream does not appear among the festival’s sponsors, so boycott organizers are declaring a victory. (The linked press release is in French, but an English version is promised.) [Letter to Angouleme]

Internet | Heidi MacDonald has announced she’ll move her long-running blog The Beat to webcomics portal/”web publisher” Hiveworks, which will assume responsibility for hosting, ad sales and so on, freeing her to focus on content. [The Beat]

Creators | Amber Hage-Ali interviews Eleanor Davis, who was an artist in residence at the Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and whose works are on display at the Columbus Museum of Art. [Columbus Alive]

From "Valérian and Laureline"

From “Valérian and Laureline”

Comics | K.M. McFarland takes a quick look at the French comic Valérian and Laureline, by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres, which may have been an antecedent of Star Wars: The publisher Cinebook includes a page of six side-by-side images that highlight the similarities in their new English-language edition. [Wired]

Comics | TOON Books, the early-readers imprint helmed by Francoise Mouly, rolls out its spring line. [ICv2]

Comics | The Edmonton Police Service has just created a comic about Sarge, their first police dog, and Sgt. Val Vallevand, who championed the formation of a K-9 unit 50 years ago. [CBC]

Retailing | David Harper interviews a number of comics retailers about how 2015 went for them, and what trends they observed. [Sktchd]



Sooo… we are not Charlie if we don’t agree with their comics? I thought ‘Je suis Charlie’ was in support of them publishing what they thought was right.

@Nate Agreed. I dont get wtf the point of all this was if outrage is sparked yet again by a political cartoonist expressing themselves.

i think the charlie hebdo is perfectly illustrating current sentimental shifts in the political discussion and perceived attitudes. it also showcases the two extreme portrayals in the media: either refugees are portrayed as solely little kids and helpless children or on the other side sex-crazed muslim men with only the worst intentions. Lastly, it also captures how emotional this debate really is being carried out.
it is daring and provocative.
However, as usual with Charlie Hebdo, the artwork is cr!p.

“an Israeli company that, until September, had a factory in the occupied West Bank of Palestine”.
Don’t need to ask where your political motives are with just this statement. Please tell me where Palestine is cause its nowhere on the maps.
Its called Israel. If anyone occupies it, its the Palestinians.
If you are going to report the news it would help to not be biased.

If CBR did not write that statement then I apologize but whoever wrote it is severely misguided.

Yes, I read up on the oh-so-mercil-act of those who kicked out a company that was actually providing a a good living wage and working environment in an economically oppressed area.

Once again bleeding hearts with no brains attached saving people.

Good show and all that -rot-. (Idiots)

This is bullshit hypothesing by a CHARLIE HEBDO cartoonist.

To opine that a dead Syrian refugee child would grow up to be one of those North African immigrant gropers in Köln– because they share the same faith?? That’s an extremely LAZY and SIMPLISTIC political cartooning; one that makes the paper just another one of those media outlets that PANDER to the (assumed) predejuices of their audience.

But CHARLIE HEBDO garnered press for this controversy… and for something else than for the attack on it last year. It shows that a terrorist survivor can be as blatantly reductionist and racist with his editorial cartoon pronouncement as some people with their opinions on Moslems.

(And as some commenters above.)

Hi Brigid- thanks for taking note of our efforts to convince Angoulême FIBD to drop Sodastream as a sponsor. As an organizer, just wanted to note that we never called for a boycott of Angoulême FIBD, merely circulated two open letters expressing our disapproval and calling for the partnership between Sodastream and Angoulême FIBD to end.

Also, fyi, the English press release is below the French press release on the page you linked to.

Also, maybe a bit of further clarification, perhaps it should be noted that we do not, in fact, accuse Sodastream of “advocating politically for apartheid and displacement of residents” but rather of being complicit in and profiting from Israeli government policies of apartheid and displacement.
You can read the full text of both of our open letters here:

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