|As we've just been painfully reminded, France has a long tradition of provocative cartooning. This is my homage to Charles Philipon, who was jailed for making and publishing caricatures of the last French king.|
I've been wanting to post some images from the new book I've illustrated from For Beginners Books, French Revolutions for Beginners.
Author Michael LaMonica did a great job bringing the history to life and showing how ideas fought over then are still vital and contested, and how political struggles they introduced are still unresolved.
|As you might expect, I drew lots of severed heads in the early chapters.|
This history spans the runup to the revolution in the 1780s, on through the massacre of the Communards in 1871. It's a story I'd long wanted to know more about. I was grateful for the excuse to delve a little deeper.
|The "Flight to Varennes," when the royal family failed to escape the country.|
|British cartoonists named this man, "Little Boney."|
|"Louis the Large," first king of The Restoration.|
|A famously witty and oft-quoted callous asshole.|
If you're curious like me, you'll want to check this out. Actually, to do that, you'll need to request that your local library acquire a copy (not a bad idea). Or maybe get one for yourself or for a comrade.