Charlie Effect

Surge in Support For Satirical Magazines

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Tim Wolff, Titanic editor in chief, has seen sales skyrocket.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    People saw the Charlie Hebdo killings as an assault on democracy and other Western values, which is driving sales of satrical magazines.

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    • Frankfurt-based Titanic and Berlin-based Eulenspiegel are two of Germany’s most prominent satirical magazines.
    • Titanic recorded the highest number of subscription orders in its 35-year history just after the Paris attack.
    • Mimicking the “Where is Waldo” comics, Titanic’s latest cover is a hidden-picture illustration asking “Where is Mohammed?”
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Tim Wolff is cynical for a living. The editor in chief of Titanic, the Frankfurt-based satire magazine, is used to puzzled looks and people wondering if he’s being serious.

“Ethical-moral questioning always seeps into our work,” said the 37-year old.

Since the terrorist attack on the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine, public attention has turned to German satirical publications, including Titanic and Berlin’s Eulenspiegel.

“Satire always belonged to German culture, but lately it has been disappearing more and more,” said Wolfram Winter, professor for media industry studies at Macromedia University in Munich.  The attack on Charlie Hebdo has rekindled interest, he said.

The February issue of Titanic was published on Friday. The cover depicted a Paris street scene as a hidden-object illustration, featuring images of Angela Merkel, Gérard Depardieu, Jesus, François Hollande, Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni. One is missing, however.

“Where is Mohammed?” the headline asks.

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