JE SUIS CHARLIE … I AM CHARLIE … SLOGAN’S ORIGINS …

    Many versions of who had created the Je suis Charlie slogan are going about. The slogan’s creator is Joachim Roncin, an artist and music journalist with the free magazine ‘Stylist’. Joachim created the slogan – three words in white and grey on a black background  – almost immediately after the Wednesday, January 7th massacre […]

 

 

Slogan created by Joachim Roncin

Slogan created by Joachim Roncin

Many versions of who had created the Je suis Charlie slogan are going about.

The slogan’s creator is Joachim Roncin, an artist and music journalist with the free magazine ‘Stylist’.

Joachim created the slogan – three words in white and grey on a black background  – almost immediately after the Wednesday, January 7th massacre at the office of the weekly satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ by Islamist killers. He published it at 12.52 pm that day on his Twitter account.

He says he created the image because he did not have the words to describe his feelings.

“I just got the idea because I’ve been reading the series of children’s books created by the English illustrator Martin Handford with my son,” he explained.

The series of children’s books he is referring to is titled ‘Where’s Wally?’in the United States of America and in Canada, ‘Where’s Waldo?’

Here in France the series is published as ‘Où est Charlie?’ – Where is Charlie?

Since Joachim’s tweet many cartoonists, artists and journalist have created versions of his slogan, and the one which moves me particularly is that of Cartoonist Magnus Shaw which I reproduce here.

Created by Magnus Shaw

I am Charlie created by Magnus Shaw

The weekly satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ got its name in November 1970 after the French government had banned a satirical magazine titled ‘Hara-Kiri’ which had joked about the death the World War Two hero, General Charles de Gaulle, who held the office of President of France twice in the period from 1959/1969. Some of the staff of Hara-Kiri then launched another satirical magazine with the title ‘Charlie Hebdo’. The ‘Charlie’ derived both from Charlie Brown and General Charles de Gaulle. Hebdo is short from hebdomadiare – weekly.

(As I find that Hara-Kiri cover despicable I will not reproduce it here or even tell you about it.)

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

4 Responses

1-11-2015 at 15:10:52

Hallo Marilyn,

Much excitement these past days in France and especially in your city of lights, Paris. Great atmosphere today, are the French willing to unite in honest cohesion, or is it a protest for a day. I’m interested how the diverse groups inside Paris react to one another. I never have fear and I hope people come together and try to understand the feeling and emotions of one another. A failed leadership since the attacks of 9/11, that’s why I hate the presence of politicians who come for self-interest. A moving response from the family of policeman Ahmed Merabet, this sets an example on how the masses should move forward.

Don’t avenge Charlie Hebdo deaths, says victim’s family – video

I read of the many heroics of the ordinary citizens to save lives of others.

The origin of Hebdo puzzles me:
Revue Hebdomadaire was a newspaper of the French rightist group Redressement Français. Maurice d’Hartoy was a soldier, politician and French writer. He founded the veterans’ association known as Croix-de-Feu.

1-11-2015 at 15:30:04

Never mind, l’hebdomadaire is translated as “weekly”. Thus Charlie’s Weekly.

1-11-2015 at 17:15:35

Oui,

The question is indeed what about the day after. Will the French remain united? In a perfect world, the answer will be yes. But is the world perfect? I doubt it.

I must say that I have never seen the French so united. Indeed so upset. I saw people crying on the Metro, in the streets, on trains and buses. I also saw people talking to one another in supermarkets and shops.

[…] “Je Suis Charlie”, translation: “I am Charlie”, which was created by Stylist art director Joachim Roncin immediately after the shootings in Paris. The slogan has become a sign of free speech, a symbol of […]

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