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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Cartoonist and former-AAEC President Bill Sanders talks about his new book on his career retrospective. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at AAEC News
Keith Knight has had it with irresponsible pundits preaching to their idiot choir. Signe Wilkinson takes exception to the police shooting innocent citizens; the police object being called out as racist. And Gary Varvel changes his mind about Trump. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AAEC News
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is launching a pop-up show of cartoons by Rob Rogers this summer. Conveniently located across from the White House, the Trump-centric exhibit showcases all the cartoons killed by Rogers' former employer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Co-sponsored by the AAEC, Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers, runs from July 18 to Oct. 14, 2018. In addition to the opening reception (which is already sold out!), the Corcoran will be hosting a "series of conversations regarding issues around censorship, freedom of the press, journalistic integrity and the consequences of nationalism to a democracy... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at AAEC News
In the wake of the astounding rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded cave, editorial cartoonist @stephffart finds he has an new international following. Here's a short interview with the Thailand-based cartoonist (scroll down thru the updates). Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, tours an exhibit of California political cartoons with AAEC President Matt Davies and Rex Babin. Photo courtesy of Mary Locher. CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2018 Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning SACRAMENTO, CA — The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is once again looking for the best in local cartooning. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning," named after the late Sacramento artist, focuses exclusively on state and local commentary, an issue near and dear to Babin during his lifetime. This year's award will be presented in conjunction... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
A big congrats to cartoonist David G. Brown (@dgbstudio) for winning Best Editorial Cartoon from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for his work in the LA Sentinel, the west coast’s largest African American newspaper. The NNPA includes over 200 newspapers nationwide. Brown's work appears regularly here. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
Sometime you just gotta take a break from politics — especially if you're a political cartoonist. So kick back and enjoy this wide-ranging interview with award-winning political cartoonist Jack Ohman about his one true love — fly fishing. A river runs through it starting here. Then head over to The New York Times for a look back at the cartoons of the late Tom Wolfe. When Wolfe died in May, we noted that many people didn't know the best-selling author was also an astute political cartoonist. The Times (who ahem still don't have a staff editorial cartoonist) takes a look... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2018 at AAEC News
‪Editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey pens a great column on why he is lucky to do what he gets to do every day. ‬Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at AAEC News
Like history? Love cartoons? In Baton Rouge? Be sure to stop by the Old State Capitol for the new exhibit "Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons,” showing July 5 through Sept. 29. The collection features "cartoons from the so-called 'Golden Age' of print journalism —the first half of the 20th century— and includes the work of six Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists." There's a free opening reception on Wed., July 11, at 5:30pm with political cartoonist Walt Handelsman. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at AAEC News
Political cartoonist and newly-liberated freelancer Rob Rogers celebrated his independence from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a long-form comic on The Nib. The piece details his recent firing in graphic detail. Meanwhile, over at the Washington Post, Michael Cavna interviews Rob and Nib founder Matt Bors about the comic. Good stuff! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at AAEC News
Cartoonist David Horsey mysteriously disappeared from the pages of the LA Times late last year after an unfortunate word choice in a column about restaurant persona-non-grata Sarah Huckabee Sanders, only to resurface a few weeks ago back in his hometown of Seattle. Horsey has now collected his thoughts about a city he found greatly changed in an animated online essay. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at AAEC News
"We stand with our brothers & sisters at the Capital Gazette. Journalism is the only profession specifically protected in the Constitution, yet our lives are under daily threat these days from those who would silence inconvenient facts & informed opinions." — Pat Bagley, President AAEC Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at AAEC News
One of the topics that came up repeatedly during the Rob Rogers' story is the 'trouble' an editorial cartoon can cause an editor or publisher. A cartoonist with a strong opinion often causes a strong reaction, and generates calls, letters and blowback from angry readers. In the past week, two conservative cartoonists roiled readers with their work. AAEC member Tom Stiglich got an earful after drawing a cartoon about MS-13, while Gary McCoy set off a tiny firestorm with a cartoon about Trump's immigrant crisis that many people questioned. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at AAEC News
New retrospective out from Bill Sanders Cartoonist Bill Sanders has a new book out collecting the best of his long career. Sanders, who drew for the Milwaukee Journal from 1967 until his retirement in 1991, has also served as President of the AAEC. With a forward by Jules Feiffer, the hardcover "Against the Grain: Bombthrowing in the Fine American Tradition of Political Cartooning" covers American history from the Ike to Clinton and beyond. The book doubles as an autobiography as Sanders shares the upbringing and experiences that prepared him to inflict his opinions on the readers of the three major... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at AAEC News
According to its bylaws, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists represents political cartoonists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Over the years, though, we have had a few members from Cuba and Central America who worked for North American publications and syndicates. One such is Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro X. Molina. A few weeks ago, as Trump's Immigration Crisis became the big story, he began to reach out to his American counterparts in a series of letters. He wanted them to know just what people in his country were fleeing from, and questions he had about the Trump Administration's policies. We're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at AAEC News
Ok ... a couple more articles on Rob Rogers: these are from fellow cartoonists Kevin Siers and Nick Anderson, who both sound the alarm that this was more than just about a newspaper staffer losing a job. Also, here's a fun bit by Bill Plympton. Most people don't know this, but the Academy Award-nominated animator got his start as — an editorial cartoonist. Here's a short he did for they New York Times: Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at AAEC News
One week after he was fired by his long-time newspaper for not towing the Trump line, Rob Rogers is doing — great! News of his dismissal has gone international, one of his cartoons went viral and became an iconic image of the outrage against the Trump administration's immigrant policy, and he successfully launched a new Patreon page. The Daily Beast has a good overview of the aftermath, including our favorite part — the one that proves the publisher and editor who canned the cartoonist are not being honest about their reasons — that Rob is too angry for his own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at AAEC News
In the wake of getting the boot from his hometown paper, Rob Rogers has launched a Patreon Page for his cartoons. And at the rate at which fans are signing up to support his work, the cartoonist may not miss the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette any time soon. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at AAEC News
JOEL PETT INTERVIEWS THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’S ROB ROGERS AND ASKS WHY HE OBJECTS TO HAVING HIS CARTOONS “PRE-FILTERED THROUGH THE SENSIBILITIES OF HUMORLESS CORPORATE LICKSPITTLES WHOSE LIVINGS DEPEND ON NOT ROCKING THE BOAT…OR THE SHIP OF STATE.” JUNE 17, 2018 — from the CRNI website A cartoonist is jailed. Another is charged with treason. A cartoonist disappears. Another is threatened by government goons. Throngs march against a perceived cartoon’s slight. That’s how it goes among CRNI clients around the world, but not here. In corporate America, cartoonists merely lose their livelihoods. I’m not comparing unemployment to incarceration, but with those... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at AAEC News
Two more views of Rob Rogers' termination—the first from a rightwing columnist who thinks the media is over-reacting and the outrage is fake: A few things to mention: The writer used to work as an editorial page editor for the Investor's Business Daily who, it should be noted, canned conservative cartoonist Michael Ramirez in 2016 when they dropped the print edition of the publication and laid off most of the staff. Also, while Monica Showalter claims no one "howled" when conservative cartoonist Steve Kelley was fired from the more liberal San Diego Union-Tribune in 2001, she clearly was ignorant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at AAEC News
The reporting on Rob Rogers' firing continued over the weekend, with Fox News (!), the New York Times (again) and an interview with friend Joel Pett via Cartoonists Rights Network International — normally an organization that reports on oppression of the press in other countries. Not, you know, America. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at AAEC News
[Hi, all. While I realize the AAEC feed has become All Rob, All the Time, I'm not going to apologize: his firing by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette appears to be a tipping point, and the events of the past few weeks have been a clarion call to cartoonists and news media everywhere. Support of Rob Rogers and free speech has poured in from across the country, from left and the right, from the biggest news outlets and celebrities to Republicans who have been his targets in the past. As long as people are writing about it, I'll keep posting the links.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at AAEC News
The media has —justifiably— reacted strongly to the firing of cartoonist Rob Rogers by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Here's what's been posted in the last 24 hours. More to follow no doubt. Washington Post Michael Peterson Huffington Post The Detroit Free-Press The Hill The Wrap Poynter CBS Yahoo Daily Kos Pgh blog The Incline Even the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at AAEC News
Management of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just demonstrated disdain for their readership and lack of concern about declining circulation by firing their cartoonist of twenty five years, Rob Rogers. Rogers is one of the best in the country and his cartoons have been a wildly popular feature of the Post-Gazette. Readers looked forward each morning to opening their papers to see Rogers' latest pointed commentary. Rogers' fortunes recently took a turn when Trump acolyte, Keith Burris, was hired as the new editorial page editor. Burris promptly started killing Rogers' cartoons that were critical of Trump. The publisher, John Robinson Block, issued... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at AAEC News
I want to let you know where we are with the 2018 convention. The AAEC is currently in the midst of planning our 2018 convention, which is scheduled for September 20–23 in Sacramento. We have contracted with The Citizen Hotel, famous for having prints of political cartoons decorating every room, for a block of rooms to accommodate our members. (Register here today: This year will have something of an international flavor as colleagues from Canada and New Zealand will be in attendance We are also extending an invitation to the Korean Association of Editorial Cartoonists to send a delegation... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at AAEC News