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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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You may be a winner… if you enter! Click links below for more information. Want to add others to the list? Send cartoon contests list additions to: – Subject: Cartoon Contests Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons Herblock International Editorial Cartoon Competition Mark of Excellence Awards National Headliner Awards (email Pulitzer Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Sigma Delta Chi Award Sunshine Week The Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience The Thomas Nast Award The John Locher Memorial Award Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at AAEC News
For more information on how to participate in this important initiative to promote open government and access to information go to Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at AAEC News
The AAEC, along with more than 80 committed to the First Amendment right of freedom of speech and the press, condemn efforts by the Trump administration to demonize the media and undermine its ability to inform the public about official actions and policies. In a joint statement released today, the groups stress that the administration’s attacks on the press pose a threat to American democracy. Read the full statement here: Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at AAEC News
The 2017 Locher Award is Now Open! The John Locher Memorial Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. Single panel, multi-panel, and animated editorial cartoons and comics will be accepted. Both students and non-students are eligible to submit. The prestigious award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. There is no application fee. Entries are currently being accepted and should be submitted online through this form by 11:59 p.m., April 15.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at AAEC News
To the editors: The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists stands behind the Daily Bruin for publishing the February 13th cartoon about Israeli settlements. However, we protest its subsequent decision to pull the cartoon and apologize for having run it. The imagery your cartoonist, Felipe Abejon, used was well within the traditions of editorial cartooning in the United States. American cartoonists drawing about the activities of religious groups have often depicted members of those groups betraying the tenets of their faiths. Cartoonists have drawn cartoons with Jesus dragging an electric chair up Calvary Hill to protest the death penalty. To protest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at AAEC News
From Jack Ohman - Sacramento Bee: Our editor, Joyce Terhaar, has asked me to coordinate editorial cartoons for Sunshine Week. The Associated Press will distribute a package to all of their clients for their use. Last year, I did two cartoons on the subject. In this environment, I would welcome any help you could give us...simple is good. They can be on any aspect of political or government transparency you can think of to address. The deadline for your cartoons would be March 1. The package will go out March 2. Any contribution you could make to this would be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at AAEC News
1. The theme for the 17th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: F for fake Has the Internet become a threat to democracies? Corporate-funded think tanks and fake grassroots groups are now everywhere and consumers often have difficulty in finding the source of the “information” they disseminate. The phenomenon is compounded by the fact that one doesn’t need to actually be where something is happening in order to report on it. Many have also criticized the role of algorithms used by social networks in limiting debate by enclosing their users in ideological bubbles. The term “fake news” has further been co-opted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at AAEC News
“It is with profound alarm and sadness that we learn our friend and colleague, winner of last year’s Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award Eaten Fish, currently held in an Australian refugee rendition camp in Papua New Guinea has decided to undertake a hunger strike. He is a man who has given up hope, cannot struggle any longer, cannot face the future that is being forced on him, and would rather die than submit to the indignities of further inhuman treatment.” – Dr Robert Russell, Executive Director, CRNI - More info: Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at AAEC News
Save the Date! The 2017 AAEC convention will be held Nov. 1-4 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (short trip to NYC). More Info to Come! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists join Reporters without Borders, Cartooning for Peace, Cartoonists Rights Network International, and Cartoon Movement in paying tribute to all press cartoonists and their freedom of expression rights on the second anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The full statement: On the eve of the second anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Cartooning for Peace and other cartoonist associations pay tribute to all press cartoonists who defend media freedom by means of their cartoons. How you wield a pencil can still lead to violent reprisals.Only too often, cartoonists pay a high... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at AAEC News
The Museum of the City of New York is currently hosting a cartoon exhibition: Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, a retrospective of the celebrated *New Yorker* artist and cartoonist’s work since 1978. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is an official co-sponsor of the series of events below accompanying the exhibit (beginning next week, which features AAEC member Liza Donnelly). As a co-sponsor, our membership is offered a 25% off discount on tickets. Click for event information. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at AAEC News
The Locher Award Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Locher Award, Devon Manney. The runner-up is Vanessa Barajas. For more information and to see the winning cartoons, please visit We received a tremendous response to the award this year, and the Locher Award Committee would like to thank everyone who applied. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at AAEC News
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