The tragic events of the Charlie Hebdo killing (7/1/2015) spurred a global stance of solidarity among journalists, cartoonists, and people alike – powerful cartoons and images have been published since the event, paying tribute to the victims. Two Jihadist gunmen stormed into the Charlie Hebdo building on Wednesday, targeting Stéphane Charbonnier (charb), Jean Cabut, Bernard Velhac, and Georges Wolinsk to name a few. The cartoonists were slaughtered because of an overly-sensitive Jihadist reaction to satirical drawings of the prophet Mohammed. The trending #jesuischarlie represents freedom of speech and characterises a peaceful worldwide commemoration through art, not through words.
In a mere 24 hours, a wave of artistic retaliation swept over the internet.