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Opinion The world’s most striking Brexit reactions, through cartoons

U.K. to leave E.U.!

P.M. resigns ASAP!

Pound now down!

The headlines rippled ’round the globe overnight as Britons shocked the world by voting to exit — or “Brexit” — the European Union. Next thing we knew, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was stepping down; Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon spoke of a referendum to break with England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and Bank of England governor Mark Carney was trying to assuage investors.

Such a sociopolitical temblor, of course, naturally moves artists and other visual-minded professionals to respond with creative commentary. And one of the more common initial responses was to cite Alan Moore and David Lloyd‘s dystopian graphic-novel masterwork, “V for Vendetta,” which centers on a UK anarchist in a Guy Fawkes mask who murderously plots to topple the government.

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“Warcraft” director Duncan Jones, son of the late David Bowie, was among those who wryly pointed to the great ’80s DC/Vertigo comic:

Another top British arts figure, Neil Gaiman — himself the creator of an epic DC/Vertigo masterwork in “Sandman” — seemed pithily heartfelt in his response on Twitter:

David Bowie and Alan Rickman shared this one profoundly simple gift

Elsewhere, here is how some political cartoonists are responding to the Great Brexit Break of 2016:

SEE: The Great Brexit Break, as illustrated by classic British literature

Herb (Norway):

Hajo de Reijger (The Netherlands):

Marian Kamensky (Slovakia):

Schrank (Switzerland):

Hassan Bleibel (Lebanon):

Patrick Chappatte:

Randy Bish:

Rebecca Hendin:

Darrin Bell:

Steve Breen: 

Paresh Nath (UAE):

Barry Blitt:

“I was stunned when I heard the news [Friday] morning,” frequent New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt said on the magazine’s website. “And really upset. I just sent money to my kid, who’s travelling over there — if I had just waited, I’d have saved a bundle now that the pound has collapsed.”

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The Great Brexit Break of 2016, as illustrated by classic British literature