To his surprise, the response the next day was strong and positive.
“Afterwards people really liked it, we were getting a lot of response to it, so the paper printed up posters and sold them at Krogers all across metro Atlanta to raise money for 9/11 families and victims,” Luckovich said.
Proceeds from the posters went to the September 11 Fund of the United Way.
“In hindsight I realized the reason I didn’t like the cartoon at first was because I had so many conflicting emotions, just like everyone else. And I wanted to get all of those emotions into one cartoon,” he said. “But that’s hard with a single image. In hindsight I think I probably did the best cartoon that I could at the time.”
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About the photo gallery above
Cartoonist Mike Luckovich’s most-requested cartoons include the moving images he created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York, Washington and elsewhere. We have collected those images here, including the weeping Statue of Liberty cartoon, as the nation pauses to remember the solemn 9/11 anniversary.