Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Luz Quits Drawing Muhammad Cartoons
Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonist “Luz” said he has lost interest in drawing Prophet Muhammad’s cartoon; thus, he wants to stop.
Luz, who grabbed the limelight during the Paris attack on January 7 that killed 11 people including eight of the magazine’s employees, said that the Prophet “doesn’t appeal to [me] anymore.”
On January 7, two Islamist gunmen charged into Charlie Hebdo’s office and fired. The incident drew nationwide sympathy under “Je suis Charlie.”
After the attack, Luz drew another mocking cartoon. In an interview with French magazine Les Inrockuptibles, he said that the days of drawing the Prophet’s cartoons are over.
The Charlie Hebdo first edition after the attack depicted a cartoon with the caption “All is forgiven” above Luz’s sketch showing the Prophet weeping with a sign that says “I am Charlie.”
The picture invited criticism across the Muslim community.
Following the January attack, the magazine’s popularity rose from the normal circulation of 60,000 to eight million.
“I’ve got tired of [drawing Muhammad], just like I got tired of drawing Sarkozy. I’m not going to spend my life drawing them,” Luz said.
Luz added that he is soon going to release a book of cartoons entitled “Catharsis,” which expresses his feelings about the murder of his colleagues.