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HARTFORD--People around the world are finding ways to try and make sense of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, and cartoonists are one of the most vocal groups to speak out for the victims from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Bob Englehart, an op-ed writer and cartoonist for the Hartford Courant, used art to discuss his connection to the tragedy. "I felt vulnerable and sick to my stomach," Englehart said after initially finding out that fellow cartoonists and journalists had been the target of terrorists.  He also spoke about how he had the chance to meet several of the victims at a cartoon festival in France in 2013. "That's why I'm taking it so personally," Englehart said from his studio at the Courant. "I didn't know them that well but they were colleagues."

Bob Englehart//Hartford Courant

Bob Englehart//Hartford Courant

Englehart thought long and hard about how to respond to the devastating attacks on the satirical magazine. His cartoon, which ran in the paper last week, is simple and poignant -- a fountain pen that writes out the word "freedom" on a blank page. "I wanted it to be thoughtful," Englehart said. "Cartoons are some of the most powerful things on Earth and that is proven over and over. "

Click here to view more of Englehart's cartoons, and click here to read Englehart's description of his cartoon.

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