The daily coverage of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris has subsided, as with the talk of “no-go zones.”
In an exclusive interview, VICE News meets Luz, a surviving Charlie Hebdo cartoonist. Luz created the green “I am Charlie” magazine cover published the week after the shooting. He says he was probably not shot that day because he stayed in bed longer than usual and came to work late.
He spoke with Vice in his sniper-proof Paris apartment. He describes the scene he witnessed after gunmen attacked the magazine’s offices, explains the ideas behind the magazine’s latest cover, and addresses the mixed reactions it has sparked.
He also discusses how things can quickly spiral out of control when breaking taboos in the internet age, and offers his surreal sense of becoming an unwitting icon of free expression.