Yesterday, I received a gold medal of the SOI (NYC).
I wrote this speech:
On January 7th, only 1000 yards from my studio in Paris, 12 people died in violence
during the attack on the offices of the Parisian newspaper, Charlie.
Among those who were killed were journalists, policemen
and five of France’s greatest humorist illustrators: Georges Wolinski, 80 years old;
Cabu, 75 years old; Honoré, 71 ans;Tignous, 58 years old; and Charb, 47 years old.
Throughout their careers, they often made us laugh and now we cry for them.
They have dedicated their lives to freedom of speech, drawing and humor.
It’s the 9/11 of the french press in France,in Europe.
It is a sad day for the world.
But drawing is our life… and life is stronger than violence.
So we are going to keep doing what we love and what we believe in: drawing, reaching out to our readership —
trying to amuse them, inform them, inspire them..
Thank you for this medal.
I would like to dedicate it to those who were killed, some of them were my masters,
they made me laugh since I was a teenager, made me discover this wonderful world of humor drawing.
I am very grateful for having been free to create these posters with free spirited people.
Many thanks to Jean and Florence, the team of the Gerard Philipe Theater.
Thanks also to my representatives in the USA, to Marlena, Lisa and Anna who are my drawing’s partners .
And don’t forget, humor makes you free.