Being a cartoonist in France isn’t a simple business—especially not since the brutal attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015. But one French comic book artist and film director, Joann Sfar, has responded to the shootings in Paris with a series of defiant, life-affirming cartoons captioned in French.
The attacks took place on a Friday night. Many of the victims were out enjoying themselves: at a concert, a bar, or a football game.
Each of the 12 drawings has received over 1,000 likes on Instagram, where Sfar posted them.
This one is in Latin, and is indeed the motto of the city of Paris.
The eighth panel is in English:
“Terrorism is not an enemy. Terrorism is a mode of operation. To repeat ‘we are at war,’ without the courage to name our enemies, leads nowhere. Our enemies are those who love death. In different guises, it has always been so. History forgets them quickly. And Paris remains and calls them shit.”