Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo

Thousands of demonstrators gathered January 7, 2015, at the Place de la Republique after the shooting deaths at the office of a French satirical newspaper in Paris.

Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo’s front cover picture of Mohammed following the massacre of the satirical weekly’s editorial team in January, said Monday he was leaving the paper.

Renald Luzier said his departure in September was unconnected to internal tensions at the publication, but rather that the job without his slain colleagues had become “too much to bear”.

“This is a very personal choice,” Luz, who joined Charlie Hebdo in 1992, said in an interview with French newspaper Liberation.

“Each issue is torture because the others are gone. Spending sleepless nights summoning the dead, wondering what Charb, Cabu, Honore, Tignous would have done is exhausting,” the cartoonist said, referring to his colleagues killed on January 7…

I can imagine how he must feel yet it seems that the terrorists have won this round.