Cartoonist Philippe Honoré among ‘Charlie Hebdo’ victims

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Cartoonist Philippe Honoré among ‘Charlie Hebdo’ victims

A fifth cartoonist has been named among the victims of the shootings Wednesday at the Paris offices of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo: Philippe Honoré, whose cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was in the magazine’s last tweet before the attack. Honoré was critically injured in the shootings and died in the emergency room.

Cartoonists Stéphane Charbonnier (aka Charb), Jean Cabut (Cabu), George Wolinski and Bernard Velhac (Tignous) were also killed in the attacks, which left 10 magazine staff members and two police officers dead.

Born in 1941 in Vichy, Honoré was a self-taught artist whose first cartoon was published in the daily newspaper Sud-Ouest when he was just 16 years old. He started working at Charlie Hebdo in 1992 and published two or three cartoons a week there. His work also appeared in Le Monde, Libération, Les Inrockuptibles and Charlie Hebdo‘s predecessor, Hara-Kiri.

In addition to his cartooning, which was created in a black-and-white style reminiscent of woodcuts, he also did book illustration, including the covers of Petits Classiques Larousse. He also created illustrated puzzles for the magazine Lire (“Read”).

Although his fellow cartoonist Plantu called him “a great cartoonist,” Honoré was not as well known as his colleagues at Charlie Hebdo. As Michael Guerrin wrote in Le Monde, “Doubtless [this was] because he was foremost a virtuoso illustrator who expressed himself more in graphics than words to sketch a portrait, sound the warning on ecology, denounce the politics of austerity or the influence of religion.”