American Illustration

"The pen is mightier than the sword." These words uttered almost 200 years ago by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton came up in my head when I heard the gunshots on the news and saw the faces of victims who were only minutes ago concertgoers on a Friday evening.

As the coverage of the November 2015 attacks in Paris rolled off into the night, I could not help but respond with my pen. It had only been 10 months since the attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French newspaper, and as a designer and illustrator, I was determined to voice my concern, frustration, and hope in the wake of this tragedy.

The poster was later selected as a "Chosen Winner" by American Illustration’s jury. It was published as part of their archive.