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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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To AAEC Members: Our website redesign and rebuild is currently underway. Now is the time to consider updating our logo to reflect our times and our mission. In order to have our logo truly reflect our membership, we are encouraging interested cartoonists to submit rough concepts for our new logo. We want to be clear this is not a contest for solicited finished work. This is more of a collective brainstorm from our diverse group of creative thinkers. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists condemns the decision of Iowa's Farm News publication to part ways with long-time cartoonist and contributor Rick Friday on the grounds of an unhappy advertiser. This decision is a disservice to journalism and to the people of Fort Dodge, Iowa. This represents a dangerous trend among newspapers where the vitally important wall separating editorial content from advertising is beginning to erode. The cartoon in question was truthful. Friday displayed courage in speaking out for the less fortunate in the farming industry. The cartoon was a factual statement on the increasing economic disparity of Big Agribusiness and the small farmers of Iowa. He should be thanked for his work, not disgracefully shown the door. For us to maintain a strong freedom of the press, editors and journalists around the country should be beholden to truth and the public good, not the corporate interests of their advertisers. The readers of Farm News deserve far better. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at AAEC News
DURHAM, NC — Amid the wave of job losses and high-profile concert cancellations in North Carolina, there is finally some good news for its beleaguered governor and state legislature. One group has decided not to pull its upcoming convention in the wake of the controversial law HB2: Political Cartoonists. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at AAEC News
Calling all cartoonists! Come lend your talents to the cause of open government. Sunshine Week is rapidly approaching. It's that time of year again when we are asked to submit 'freedom of information' cartoons for the greater good. Here is more info from the organizers: Sunshine Week is mid-March every year. It's coordinated by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, but participants come from all media, government, schools, civic and nonprofit groups and other related areas. The idea is to get as many people as possible talking about, writing about, doing stuff about -- and drawing about -- the importance of open government and freedom of information. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at AAEC News
Dear AAEC members: We've all been invited to participate in Cartoon the Vote, a new website designed to engage the electorate. Here is some info on how to get involved in this great cause: What is Cartoon the Vote? As explained here, the site aims to “draw” visitors into the election by pairing election-related cartoons with links to sites for voter registration, state and local ballots and with information about candidates and key issues. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at AAEC News
To AAEC members: Our Canadian comrades in ink have graciously invited us to attend their convention this year in Toronto. Here is the info from their president Wes Tyrell: "To our good friends from America and around the globe, We are finally very happy to report that booking has begun for our national convention in Toronto this May 5-8. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at AAEC News
Joe Szabo, the founder of “WittyWorld” and friend of cartoonists across the globe, died suddenly while working at his desk at home in North Wales, PA, on February 2, two days shy of his 66th birthday. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at AAEC News
The AAEC Board wishes to extend our deepest condolences to our longtime friend and colleague Jeff Danziger upon the loss of his beloved wife Kim Gale on January 26. Kim was a lovely, vivacious, and brilliant companion and we offer our love to Jeff and his and Kim's families. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at AAEC News
Dear fellow American cartoonists, satirists, animators and graphic journalists: I’m Bullish on 2016, and you should be too. Yes, the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo has in some ways altered the lens in which we view our craft. But in response to this and other assaults on the rights of cartoonists around the globe, we have strengthened our resolve as protectors of free speech. We have and must continue to remind the public of our vital importance to democracy and journalism, especially in light of such atrocities. That’s imperative to our mission and to the future survival of our great profession. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) stands in support with Ann Telnaes and her right to call out presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz for politicizing his daughters in a campaign attack ad. While it would be in bad taste to arbitrarily go after a public figure's family, it is fair journalism to criticize the senator for using his own children to attack a political opponent. And that's precisely what Ann's cartoon has done. It does not stray from the time-honored tradition of cartoonists using satire to speak truth to power and protect the powerless – in this case, children. Cruz ventured into new territory when he had his 7-year-old play an active attack role reading from a script in a campaign ad criticizing political opponents. The media should draw a distinction between this and when elected officials merely use their family in photo ops and positive campaign promotion as has historically been the custom. Cartoons speak in metaphor, and the monkey image is integral to the age-old organ grinder symbol. Taken in full context, Cruz was clearly the target, but he and his supporters deflected the message by claiming his children were the victims. This is a technique many employ when in the crosshairs of satire, and the media must be careful not to fall for this argument hook, line, and sinker. While the editors at The Washington Post are free to edit how they see fit, in our view it would have been best to defend the cartoon once it had been published. Retracting it risks the appearance of caving to political pressure. Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at AAEC News
Long-time AAEC members Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki are currently showing their cartoons in an exhibition at Cornell University, where they have come under attack from conservative and liberal critics on campus and off-campus. Some have complained about the use of certain symbols, such as swastikas and Confederate flags. Others have implied rape imagery. Still others note that the cartoons solely attack the GOP. Political cartoons employ imagery to make a point. Sometimes the meaning of the imagery is clear, sometime it is more ambiguous. But to willfully project an unintended meaning to a cartoon is offensive to the artist and the free expression of ideas. In the case of Mr. Huck and Mr. Konopacki, there is absolutely nothing in the use of their imagery that is anything other than within the finest traditions of American editorial cartooning. Mr. Huck and Mr. Konopacki are owed the full exposition of their work at Cornell, attendees of the exhibition deserve to see all of their work with no censorship, and the AAEC Board urges Cornell to be mindful that a university is a marketplace of ideas, and not a place for censorship or fear. The AAEC Board of Directors strongly supports Mr. Huck and Mr. Konopacki. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at AAEC News
A panel of American political cartoonists confront a new reality after the terrorist attack in Paris, with an in depth discussion of free speech, cultural sensitivity, and publishing for a global audience. "Free Speech or Hate Speech: Drawing the Line After Charlie Hebdo" was held in September 2015 at the annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Columbus, Ohio, and is provided courtesy of the Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State. View it here: Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists board calls for an independent investigation of the Los Angeles Police Department’s tape of former AAEC president and member Ted Rall's jaywalking stop in 2001. An impartial review of the tape of this incident is badly needed in this case. Determining the truth in this matter is important to Mr. Rall's personal and professional reputation, and to the rights of journalists to freely express themselves. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times should have demanded a higher standard of proof in this matter, and it is clear that Mr. Rall is owed a full and complete analysis of the 14 year old tape used to make a judgment about his actions. Should an independent investigation determine that Mr. Rall’s version of the events is accurate, we call upon the Los Angeles Times to publicly apologize, and make restitution. If it is also determined that the Los Angeles Police Department or a member of the police union manipulated the tape, as Mr. Rall alleges, they also owe Mr. Rall an apology and restitution. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at AAEC News
Maine Gov. Paul Le Page’s recent statement noting that he’d like to shoot Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby is nothing short of absolutely reprehensible. In light of the recent assassination of twelve people, including five cartoonists, at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in France, Gov. LePage’s remarks are beneath contempt. Calling for the shooting of a newspaper cartoonist in this political environment by an elected official is unprecedented, and Gov. LePage sets a new low in political judgment and discourse. Danby himself noted that had he made a similar statement, he’d be arrested. The board of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists condemns Gov. LePage’s vicious, stupid and irresponsible statement. We call upon him to issue a public apology to George Danby. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at AAEC News
The shootings in Texas once again demonstrate that art is provocative, but we must not cower in the face of threats to this profession or to free expression. Political art, be it cartoons, paintings, sculpture, or anything else, is protected speech under the First Amendment. The group that sponsored the “art contest” has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The leader of the group seems to have her own tasteless and ignorant agenda. However, a group's political agenda, whether we agree with its goals or not, is subject to the same constitutional protections we all enjoy. Cartoons are powerful, as has been repeatedly shown in the past few months, and the AAEC condemns this senseless attack. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at AAEC News
It's time to make plans to come to this year's AAEC Convention in Columbus, Ohio! It will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6, and hosted by the OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Day programming and public sessions will be held at CCAD, with separate events at the Billy Ireland, which will open up its cartooning treasure vault for the convention. There will be a sit-down banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening. We will update you soon with an outline of the convention schedule. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC expresses its condolences to the family of Jack Jurden, the longtime editorial cartoonist for The Wilmington News-Journal. Jack died March 19, at age 88. Jack was the president of the AAEC from 1976-77, and was a popular figure for years at the conventions. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at AAEC News
-To support the profession of editorial cartooning in the United States on all platforms. -To be an international leader in support of the human, civil, and artistic rights of editorial cartoonists around the world, and to stand with other international groups in support of the profession. -To be a national and international leader for free speech, the foundation of political cartooning. -To encourage and foster young editorial cartooning talent. -To provide a common meeting ground for editorial cartoonists each year to exchange views, meet socially, and showcase creative and technological innovation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists strongly condemns the detention of the political cartoonist Zunar by the Malaysian authorities. Zunar and his wife have been the subject of continued harassment by police in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at AAEC News
Fellow cartoonists, -- This is from Anders Gyllenhaal, Vice President for News at McClatchy and a member of the ASNE Board of Directors. He’d like us to contribute cartoons about Sunshine Week, which is March 15-21. Please consider doing a cartoon for this important week. Thanks! – Jack Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC community wishes to extend its profound condolences to Tim Menees and his wife, Kay. Their son, Timmy, died of complications from a head injury at age 40. Timmy was a big-hearted man who worked in the non-profit sector. Tim was the longtime editorial cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Press for decades, a great friend to all cartoonists, mainstay of the AAEC band the Toontones, and a truly multi-talented man. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC community wishes former Sacramento Bee cartoonist Dennis Renault a speedy and full recovery following a bicycle accident a few months ago. Dennis has been in physical therapy for weeks, and, despite some setbacks, is improving. Through his wife Marty, you can send him at note at Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at AAEC News
The gruesome attack on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France today reminds us that freedom of expression in cartooning is not a given in many parts of the world. Charlie Hebdo was also attacked in 2011, and continued to publish. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists condemns this revolting act of violence, and stands with the international cartooning community in mourning the loss of twelve people, including several police officers who were executed. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC expresses condolences to the family of former Arkansas Democrat cartoonist Jon Kennedy, a charter member of the AAEC at its founding in 1957. Jon passed away at 96 on Oct. 10, during the 57th AAEC convention in San Francisco. Jon Kennedy was a hugely talented and thoughtful cartoonist who mentored many young cartoonists, notably Dwane Powell and countless others. His strong and capable artwork was beautiful and compelling. The AAEC would not have been possible without Jon's efforts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at AAEC News
Tony Auth’s colleagues and friends in the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists are profoundly saddened by his death. Tony was one of a small handful of that magnificent generation of 1960s and 1970s cartoonists who re-created what we do today. A brilliant, original editorial cartooning voice is gone. Tony’s drawing style was unique. The fluidity, grace, and simplicity of his line was a marvel, and his strong editorial positions stood out for four decades. There was no mistaking an Auth cartoon for others, ever. A master of irony and juxtaposition, Tony won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize, along with many other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at AAEC News