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Norwegian Cartoonist and Illustrator Kristian Hammerstad: ‘Rise of the Robots’

Illustration by Norwegian cartoonist and illustrator, Kristian Hammerstad, from “Rise of the Robots,” a New York Times Sunday Book Review article, May 11, 2015.

Illustration by Norwegian cartoonist and illustrator, Kristian Hammerstad, from “Rise of the Robots,” a New York Times Sunday Book Review article, May 11, 2015.


New York Post Front Page: ‘CHARLIE FORGIVES’ Tuesday, January 13, 2015


New York Post front page for Tuesday, January 13, 2015




French police said Friday that a gunman who had been holding at least five hostages in a kosher market in eastern Paris was dead, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports.

French media reported that as many as 10 people ran out of the market after explosions and gunfire were heard near the market.

Earlier, the gunman threatened to kill the hostages if police launched an assault on the cornered brothers suspected in the massacre, a police official told The Associated Press.

Less than an hour after the gunman made his threat, gunfire was heard at the location of the standoff involving the brothers around the town of Dammartin-en-Goële, about 25 miles northeast of Paris.

The police official told the AP several people had been wounded when the gunman opened fire in the market near Paris’ Porte de Vincennes Friday afternoon and were able to flee and get medical care.

Earlier, a police official told the AP that the man declared “you know who I am” when he opened fire.

An Interior Ministry spokesman told RTL-TV that police believe five individuals were taken hostage, possibly including a child. A police union source told the Reuters news organization that one person was seriously wounded.

Paris police believe the suspect is Amedy Coulibaly, 32. Police are seeking information on him and his girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddienne, 26, in connection with the deadly shooting of a police officer on Thursday morning just south of the capital in Montrouge. Both were suspected of being armed and dangerous.

French President Francois Hollande ordered the country’s top security official to the scene of the market, an official in the presidency told The Associated Press. The police official declined to be named when discussing the unfolding situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Seattle Cartoonist Still in Hiding Following 2010 Islamist Death Threat


Cartoonist on Al Qaeda on hit list in hiding

Even though Norris backed off the idea for a “Draw Muhammad Day,” the bounty remained. She took her concerns to the FBI, and agents in the Seattle field office told her the threats on her life were legitimate. She was encouraged to go underground.

Dan Springer reports: Cartoonists around the world reacted defiantly to Wednesday’s deadly Islamist terror attack at the offices of a Paris magazine, but the case of Molly Norris shows how the attack and prior threats of similar violence have already had a chilling effect on molly-norrisjournalists who use art to convey their stories.

Seattle Weekly reported that Norris moved, changed her name and is living in hiding akin to the witness protection program. Editors have not heard from Norris and they have received no more cartoons from her.

Norris, a Seattle-based political cartoonist, has been in hiding for more than four years after she launched “Draw Muhammad Day,” a call to professional and amateur artists alike to sketch the Islamic prophet whose image is forbidden by the Koran.

“It was like a one-day story, then it was gone,” says Kelley. “She went underground and that was it, gone. And most people don’t even know who Molly Norris is.”

Norris was an obscure cartoonist and blogger who took action after the creators of the show South Park were targeted by Muslim extremists for an upcoming episode in which Muhammad was to be depicted. The hit show’s producers caved to the pressure of death threats and blurred the image of Muhammad when the show aired.

“We are no longer a free country if we journalists can’t criticize a religion that, for example, believes apostates need to be killed.”

– Larry Kelley, former colleague of Molly Norris

Norris’ own cartoon image of Muhammad was never published in the Seattle Weekly, which often carried her work, but it went viral on the Internet. U.S. born Muslim cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki issued a fatwa, calling for the killing of Norris. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING: U.S. Counterterrorism Officials: Paris Attack Suspect Dead, Two in Custody


One of the suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has been killed and the two others are in custody, two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News on Wednesday.

Authorities earlier had identified the three men as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French and in their early 30s, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, whose nationality wasn’t immediately clear.

“They want to scare French citizens and prohibit any criticism of religion, so here we are to remind them that religion can be freely criticized.”

— Sasha Reingewirtz, 28, president of the Jewish Students Union

One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, told The Associated Press that the men were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.


Twelve people were killed in the attack by gunmen, armed with AK-47s, who attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a publication that has enraged Muslims for publishing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

On their way in, they killed a maintenance worker, then stormed into an editorial meeting, where they killed eight journalists.


A source familiar with the investigation told NBC News that the men targeted those magazine employees who had created or published cartoons showing Muhammad — asking for their victims by name. They executed editor and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier, popularly known as Charb; Bernard Maris, a Bank of France economist who was a columnist for the magazine; and three cartoonists. Read the rest of this entry »

Cartoonists Take Up The Pen in Support of Murdered Charlie Hebdo Colleagues


Copies of the French satirical weekly “Charlie Hebdo” are seen in their Paris newsroom February 9, 2006. The publication reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in its February 8, 2006 edition and published one of its own on its front page, angering Muslim groups at the time. Reuters

Political cartoonists from around the world reacted with grief and words of support on Twitter after several of their French colleagues at the political satire newspaper Charlie Hebdo were shot and killed in an apparent terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday. Here are the words and drawings of a few of them:

David Pope, political cartoonist for Australia’s The Canberra Times:

Pat Bagley, editorial cartoonist for The Salt Lake Tribune in Utah:

Nate Beeler, editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio:

Mark Fiore, Pulitzer-prize winning political animator, whose work appears on the San Francisco Chronicle website and elsewhere:

Lalo Alcaraz, cartoonist behind “La Cucaracha,” a syndicated political cartoon strip:

Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Washington Post:

Joep Bertrams, cartoonist in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Gary Varvel, editorial cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana:

Satish Acharya, editorial cartoonist in Kundapur, India:

YGreck, cartoonist in Québec, Canada:

Graeme MacKay, editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator in Ontario, Canada:


William Jefferson Clinton: Cartoonist


Hacker leaks former presidential doodles

imagesDrawings hacked and leaked from the Clinton Presidential Library late Wednesday suggest the 42nd president should stick to the sax.

The hacker known as “Guccifer” – who gained notoriety for publicly releasing the paintings of former President George W. Bush – found the ‘90s-era presidential doodles in a file labeled with Clinton’s initials.

Gawker was the first to publish “wjcdoodles,” which include the Stars and Stripes, presidential limo, a chicken wing and one particularly long-nosed dragon.

Check out all the leaked doodles here.

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