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Cartoonists express Charlie Hebdo solidarity with ‘Je Suis Charlie’ drawings

Cartoonists from around the world have been expressing their solidarity with those killed during yesterday’s massacre at satirist magazine Charlie Hebdo – whose number included the renowned cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous.

The Guardian’s cartoon was labelled simply ‘A terrible day’ with its author pointing out: “Cartoonists don’t live by the sword we live by the pen, so if we could all die in our sleep of old age and paper cuts I think the world would be much better for it.”

Telegraph cartoonist Matt Pritchard chose to depict two pensive black clad gunmen outside Charlie Hebdo’s office with the caption ‘Be careful, they might have pens.’

The Independent ran with a one-fingered salute to the terrorists from a red ink blotted front page expressing the anger as well as the compassion of many.

Even renowned fans or renowned graffiti artist Banksy got in on the act with a succinct before and after montage.

Scroll through our gallery to take a look at some of the drawings penned by cartoonists in response to the attack.

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Working for the Canberra Times David Pope admitted that he couldn’t sleep all night, lending his thoughts to his French colleagues.

Chilean political cartoonist Francisco J. Olea meanwhile illustrated the power of the pen in figurative fashion with a call to arms:

Throught the night people gathered for vigils in Paris, and thousands of people flocked to Twitter and other social networks to express their distress using the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie.

Yesterday, editor of British satirist magazine Private Eye Ian Hislop issued a statement saying he was "appalled and shocked" at the events calling them "a murderous attack on free speech in the heart of Europe".