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Comics A.M. | ‘Charlie Hebdo’ massacre survivor recounts attack

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Comics A.M. | ‘Charlie Hebdo’ massacre survivor recounts attack

Crime | Sigolène Vinson, a writer for Charlie Hebdo, gives her account of the Jan. 7 shootings that killed 12 at the French satire magazine’s headquarters. Vinson was in the kitchen and heard brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi shoot her coworkers; she hid in a colleague’s office but came face to face with Saïd Kouachi, who told her “Don’t be afraid, calm down. I won’t kill you. You’re a woman, we don’t kill women. But think about what you do, what you do is bad. I’m sparing you and because I’ve spared you, you will read the Qur’an.” (However, Chérif killed writer Elsa Cayat, the only female victim of the attack.) [The Guardian]

Awards | This year’s grand prix de la ville d’Angoulême, the lifetime achievement award given every year at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, won’t be given to the staff of Charlie Hebdo, despite a petition started by jury president Gwen de Bonneval that garnered 1,200 signatures plus significant support on Twitter and Facebook. Two Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, Wolinski, who was killed in the Jan. 7 attack, and Willem, who wasn’t in the office that day, have been awarded the grand prix in previous years. The festival has announced a special Charlie Hebdo award that will go to a cartoonist whose work embodies resistance to oppression and censorship, and organizers will also publish a special album of cartoons drawn in response to the attacks. [France Inter]

Passings | Craig Holyoak, longtime cartoonist for the Deseret News, died Tuesday at age 64. Holyoak began drawing in college and worked as a police officer for several years before becoming a career artist. [Deseret News]

Legal | A new court date has been set for the Ecuadorian newspaper El Universal, which is being prosecuted on charges of promoting “socio-economic discrimination” beuase of a cartoon by Xavier Bonilla that made fun of a member of the national congress. The hearing was originally scheduled for January 16 but has been postponed till next month. If found guilty, the paper could be fined up to 10 percent of its three-month earnings, or about $500,000. [Fusion]

Creators | In a video profile, Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat describes his attack at the hands of Syrian security forces, who broke his hands one finger at a time. [CNN]

Creators | Husband-and-wife team Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick talk about their family business, writing comics, their new projects, Bitch Planet (DeConnick) and ODY-C (Fraction) and the challenge of moving from the Big Two to creator-owned work. Said Fraction, “It’s the difference between running a relay race and just running. It’s just you and the open road and as far as you want to go.” [Entertainment Weekly]

Creators | Artist Brett Weldele gets the local-boy-made-good treatment with an article that discusses not only his comics work (The Surrogates, Pariah) but also his sideline creating steampunk-themed rubber stamps. [Statesman Journal]

Creators | Bee and Puppycat creator Madeleine Flores talks about her new webcomic, Help Us! Great Warrior. [The Mary Sue]

Comics | Michael Cavna talks to MAD Magazine editor John Ficarra about the state of satire. [Comic Riffs]

Commentary | Michael Dooley reflects on the cheeky satire he grew up with, the MAD Magazine of Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder and, later, Paul Krassner’s The Realist, as well as the French tradition of satirical cartoons from which Charlie Hebdo sprang. [Paste]

Best of the Year | Rob Kirby looks at the most notable LGBTQ comics of 2014. [The Comics Journal]

Exhibits | The National Library of Australia is putting some treasures from its comics collection on display, including the 1940s-’50s kids’ comic Kokey Koala, about a koala bear with a magic button, and more recent title such as Alister Lockhart’s 2010 horror comic Decay. [ABC News]

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