Earlier this year LARB co-sponsored a forum at UC Irvine: What Cannot Be Said: Freedom of Expression in a Changing World. Timed to coincide with the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the conference featured panels, interviews, and performances on the topic of freedom of expression and its relationship to media and satire, to the digital era, to campus politics, to repressive conditions around the world, and to a number of other topics in the realm of law and freedom.
The forum kicked off with a panel of five well-known cartoonists. As an introduction they each presented some of their best and most controversial work, and then each also weighed in on the Charlie Hebdo attacks and how we should think about the legacy of the magazine’s victims. First to speak was Lalo Alcaraz, author of the nationally syndicated comic strip La Cucaracha.
Matt Bors is an editorial cartoonist and the editor of the online comics website The Nib.
Steve Brodner is a freelance illustrator and currently a regular contributor to The Nation and the Los Angeles Times.
Ann Telnaes is a nationally syndicated cartoonist and was the second female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize.
Zunar is a Malaysian editorial cartoonist who is currently facing up to 43 years in prison on sedition charges for tweets critical of the Malaysian government.
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