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"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 as one of only 231 images from 10,003 submitted to receive at least two votes by members of the jury. It was published as part of their archive.
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