Albert Uderzo, the 87-year-old French cartoonist internationally known as the creator of the famous comic “Asterix”, surprisingly came out of retirement to pay tribute to the victims of “Charlie Hebdo”, who were killed in a dreadful massacre last week (click here if you missed it).
Uderzo published 2 images and both were shared via Twitter, with the first having an emotional caption: “Moi aussi je suis un Charlie” (I too am Charlie). The artist also explained in an interview with Le Figaro: “Charlie (Hebdo) and Asterix have nothing to do with each other obviously. I simply want to express my affection for those designers who have paid with their lives”.
The cartoonist, who retired in 2008 after selling his stake in the comic series, also sent his personal message to the younger artists: “Young designers are on hand now and I wish them courage. They keep in mind this terrible thing came to their colleagues that no one could expect.”
The first issue of “Asterix” was published back in 1959 and told the story of a village of Gauls during Roman occupation, led by the protagonist Asterix, his friend Obelix, their dog Idefix and the druid Panoramix.
Check out Albert Uderzo’s tribute images to “Charlie Hebdo” here:
— Astérix (@asterixofficiel) January 8, 2015