The beginning of my political awakening was when I discovered MAD Magazine when I was 10.
I loved satire. I loved the artists who created it: Norman Mingo, who created Alfred E.; Dave Berg ("The Lighter Side"), Sergio Argones (the little cartoons in the margins) and Antonio Prohias ("Spy vs. Spy"), and above all the immortal Don Martin and his awesome drawn sound effects (KERSPLORTCH!). The fold-ins and William M. Gaines, Editor.
Imagine if all these great cartoonists were brought together at their offices on MADison Avenue ...
... and some asshole with a machinegun killed them all, and MAD Magazine with them.
The more I think about it the angrier I get.
God bless them. Their names:
• Charb – (real name Stephane Charbonnier) 47, an artist and publisher of Charlie Hebdo
• Cabu – (real name Jean Cabut) 76, the lead cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo
• Georges Wolinski – 80, an artist who had been drawing cartoons since the 1960s
• Tignous – (real name Bernard Verlhac) 57, a member of Cartoonists for Peace
• Bernard Maris – (known as “Uncle Bernard”) 68, an economist and columnist for the magazine
• Honoré – (real name Philippe Honoré) 73, the artist who drew the last cartoon tweeted by the weekly publication
• Michel Renaud – a former journalist who was visiting the Charlie Hebdo offices
• Mustapha Ourrad – a copy-editor for Charlie Hebdo
• Elsa Cayat – a columnist and analyst for Charlie Hebdo
• Frederic Boisseau – a building maintenance worker
• Franck Brinsolaro – 49, a policeman appointed to head security for Charb
• Ahmed Merabet – 42, a police officer and member of the 11th arrondissement brigade [and a Muslim]
Regardless of their political views, they were martyrs for FREEDOM. Remember them.