I am Charlie. Are you Charlie?
Today, 07/01/2015, at 11am, in Paris, two or three masked men armed with war weapons forced their way to the HQ of comic magazine Charlie Hebdo, where they opened fire and slaughtered the staff. 12 persons died during the attack, including some of the most talented and daring satirical comic artists of the Hexagone. Charlie Hebdo had been facing regular death threats since 2006, when the journal first released caricatures of prophet Mahomet. Their HQ had been burned once, and was guarded by two policemen to ensure the safety of the staff – policemen who died during the attack. What they protected and lost their life for was more than provocative artists. All the people who died today had the conviction that freedom of speech and humor shall always prevail. In 2011, Georges Wolinski was telling in an interview "Humor requires not to forbid oneself any topic. We mustn't turn our backs to anything but to wickedness. We are fierce but we aren't mean." His words do justice to what Charlie Hebdo represented. Thought-provoking pages of satiric humor.
Those of you who also read Singmire Haze certainly understand how much it means to me to stand up, as comic artist and writer, to shout "Je suis Charlie."
I'll never shut up in front of the ignorant and I'd rather die as those men did, than submit to darkness and obscurantism.