Memphis cartoonist pays tribute to slain journalists - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis cartoonist pays tribute to slain journalists

Day notes that the people killed were friends and represent the free speech that people should not lose. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Day notes that the people killed were friends and represent the free speech that people should not lose. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
In his tribute, "12" represents the number of victims inside the newspaper office. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) In his tribute, "12" represents the number of victims inside the newspaper office. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Award-winning Memphis cartoonist Bill Day honored the victims of the Paris newspaper attack.

Unlike many other projects, Day says one was personal, having been the recipient of death threats and hate mail himself.

"I wanted it to be tasteful, but it had to be painful at the same time, because all of these people were murdered," said Day.

Day's cartoons first manifest themselves in his head, and his tribute to journalists and fellow cartoonists killed in Paris started with several ideas.

"Because it happened in Europe, many European cartoonists had already started drawing, and some of the ideas I would have gone with first were already done," Day added.

Day eventually settled on a fountain pen. Like all of his cartoons, the idea becomes reality first through a rough sketch, followed by a more detailed drawing on a light table.

He then scans the art into a desktop computer, saying, "And it's from here that I start really doing my heavy duty work."

In his tribute, "12" represents the number of victims inside the newspaper office.

Day added, "These were cartoonists, my friends and comrades, and they represent free speech that we cannot lose in this world."

It took Day about four hours to complete the cartoon, which was sent to a syndication service, and published around the world.

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