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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Or so says the National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/editorial-cartooning-decline-serena-williams-controversy/ This is, what, the 11th or 12th time since 1954 that editorial cartooning has been declared dead? We're like the Doctor Who of cartooning or something. So... if we're dead — LET'S HAVE A WAKE!!! Tonight the 62nd Annual Convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off with a private reception at the California Museum. The 2018 convention, running Sept. 20-22, will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling. Follow our feed @AAEC_Cartoonist with the hashtag #SacAAEC... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at AAEC News
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Signe Wilkinson is as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture, Pat's Philly Cheesesteaks, and running up the steps of the Museum of Art just like Rocky does in the movie. While her work for The Daily News earned her the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 1992 — the first woman to win the coveted award — she continues to focus on the corrupt and crazy in a city and a state known for both. Wilkinson notes "[While] Norwegian modesty precludes self promotion, OTHERS say my cartoons contributed to progress on several issues." [Throughout his... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at AAEC News
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It's here! The annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off this week in Sacramento, CA. Running from Sept. 20-22, the convention will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling. AAEC President Pat Bagley, and co-hosts Jack Ohman and Scott Burns, welcome the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and special guests from New Zealand to the dumpster fire that is currently America. And the cartoonists from New Zealand are sure to have something to say about the viral firestorm set off by Australian Mark... Continue reading
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Mike Thompson is an award-winning cartoonist for the Detroit Free Press who has actually given up national syndication to focus on state and local issues. "Michigan is home to the likes of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, self-proclaimed political expert Ted Nugent and the thuggish John Engler, a former governor who made headlines for his inept leadership of Michigan State University after the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. "Each of the aforementioned individuals is in over their head. I’ve commented on them for years. Power and incompetence is a frightening combination, so there’s a crying need for someone here in Michigan... Continue reading
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Scott Burns is one of our AAEC co-hosts on the ground in Sacramento, and has the following transportation advice for getting around town during the convention. This is the guide that will be in the welcome packet, but we're posting it here so those cartoonists attending can plan accordingly. You can also download a map of Sac and the final convention schedule at: https://www.japenet.net/single-post/2018/09/18/AAEC-Sacramento-schedule + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Transportation to the AAEC Venues + + + + + + + + + + +... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AAEC News
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Like cartoons? Love democracy? In Indianapolis? Here's your chance to see three editorial cartoonists—Gary Varvel, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez— in an evening of "Icons of Political Art," on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. All three will be receiving the "Advancing American Democracy Award" during The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series. This year's program is part of the Presidential Site's mission to "increase participation in the American system of self-government by sharing the life stories, arts, and culture of an American President." https://bhpsite.org/events/mary-tucker-jasper-speaker-series/ Continue reading
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Pennsylvania is often described as "two liberal enclaves with Alabama in between." [Editor's note: I'm originally from Central PA and can mock my home state.] Enter Tom Stiglich, who provides a conservative take on progressive Philadelphia politics for Media News Group. Stiglich, whose national work is carried by Creators Syndicate, still relishes taking on such local topics as corrupt Philly DA Seth Williams, or controversial ex-Mayor Frank Rizzo. [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The... Continue reading
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Sage Stossel is a long-time contributing editor for The Atlantic, where she also produces cartoons addressing national stories of the moment. Outside of her day job, she draws cartoons about life in Boston and addresses local issues she cares about. "In two cases I was told the cartoons themselves have become instrumental in furthering a cause: Children’s Hospital researchers told me they’ve been sharing my cartoon to attract new autism study participants, and the director of the Comics Festival says he’s been bringing my cartoon to meetings to help convey the value of the event in his effort to secure... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AAEC News
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Kevin Siers may have won the Pulitzer Prize for his work at The Charlotte Observer, but he knows first hand the effect local cartoons can have. "I’ve followed an issue and kept hammering at it, and felt those cartoons contributed to change in the community. And, at least in one instance, drove the target of those cartoons nuts. The director of Charlotte’s county health department reportedly threw a chair across his office after seeing how his department’s inefficiency and incompetence was portrayed in one of my cartoons. The county soon replaced him." After 30+ years at the North Carolina paper,... Continue reading
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V.C. Rogers — known to his friends as Cullum — is a paradigm of local cartooning, having spent his career working for a trio of regional newspapers covering the triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Recently pushed into early retirement by the elimination of his position at the alt-weekly Indy Week, at least Rogers went out on top: taking First Place in for his cartoons from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Rogers is also known as a dogged academic of comics art, having amassed one of the largest private libraries of cartoon books in the world. He... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at AAEC News
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Rob Rogers didn't want the job, but he is now the poster cartoonist for How to Get Fired. After a protracted battle with an increasingly pro-Trump publisher, Rogers was unceremoniously dumped this summer by his long-time newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for failing to toe the toady line laid down by a new editor. With the help of angry readers, concerned citizens and social media, Rogers was able to parley a bad deal into international coverage and increased attention. While he has a new fans nationwide, he still understands the importance of local, having been an integral part of the Pittsburgh... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at AAEC News
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Speaking of Michael Ramirez, he is one of three editorial cartoonists — along with Gary Varvel and Mike Luckovich — who will be receiving the "Advancing American Democracy Award" next week. All three will be bestowed with the honor as part of the The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series held on Sept. 20 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis. This year's program is called "Icons of Political Art," part of the Presidential Site's mission to "increase participation in the American system of self-government by sharing the life stories, arts, and culture of an American President." Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
Usually when you use "staff job" and "cartoonist" in the same sentence, it's a bad thing with an unhappy ending. Not this time. It was announced this week that editorial cartoonist Mike Ramirez has landed on the staff of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner (and AAEC President from 1997-1998) will be drawing a cartoon 5 times a week for the newspaper. The Daily Cartoonist has the story: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/09/14/michael-ramirez-joins-review-journal-staff/ Continue reading
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Marshall Ramsey is an exemplar of the local cartoonist who has not only managed to survive but thrive in a collapsing newspaper environment. A long time staffer for Mississippi's The Clarion-Ledger, Ramsey writes columns, does a weekly statewide radio and TV show, makes frequent public appearances, and interacts with his readers on a daily basis on social media. While many cartoonists do this, Ramsey has applied a raw honesty and openness, especially about his health as a cancer survivor, to build a loyal following. As for cartooning, he says, "Rex got it. He understood this simple truth: The closer the... Continue reading
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Joel Pett is a nationally syndicated cartoonists who has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. But Pett takes great pride in his local work for the Lexington Herald-Leader, and sees it as his mission to take the corrupt, cynical politicians of Kentucky to task. "Kentucky politicians rarely address the real problems of the commonwealth. Instead, they pursue their own interests and throw out the red meat come election time." Pett has had a long-running pubic feud with the current governor, and frequently calls out his hypocrisy: "I’ve cartooned seven governors in my time in Kentucky, and Matt Bevin is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
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When you talk to editorial cartoonists about the power of the local cartoons, one name keeps coming up: George Fisher. The Arkansas native drew for a number of newspapers from the late 1940s until his death in 2003, and while he was never syndicated nationally, his work had a huge impact — most notably in its affect on the Tennessee Valley Authority. When the TVA was looking to build new hydroelectric dams that would disrupt the flow of rivers across multiple states, it was Fisher's unrelenting cartoons that helped turned the public against the plans. When Bruce Plante became the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at AAEC News
In the fallout of the marred women's final of the U.S. Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, an Australian cartoonist has faced global backlash for a cartoon that has been called racist, sexist and inaccurate. Mark Knight, who draws for Melbourne's Herald Sun newspapers, faced immediate criticism on social media for his drawing of Williams as an angry black woman throwing a tantrum. The Observer jumped on the story early, talking to Clay Jones and Rob Rogers about how the cartoon trafficked in old racial stereotypes. “We always draw people in a way to ridicule and demean, but this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at AAEC News
We are 10 days out from our gathering in California, but it isn't the only AAEC event happening this month. Immediately following the Sacramento convention (the very next week) is CXC — Cartoon Crossroads Columbus — the cartoon festival in Columbus, Ohio. The AAEC plans to have an exhibitors table at their Marketplace Expo Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, to increase awareness of our organization among the many other kinds of cartoonists who will be there. We welcome our fellow editorial cartoonists to attend — especially if you couldn't make it to Sacramento — and appreciate any help... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at AAEC News
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SW Parra has been drawing for years for his hometown newspaper, The Fresno Bee, covering locally charged issues that reach far beyond the central San Joaquin Valley: sanctuary cities and immigration reform, undocumented farm workers forming the backbone of an agricultural economy that enriches some of the wealthiest Californians, and his embattled, controversial Congressman Devin Nunes. [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning" was launched in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at AAEC News
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Kevin Necessary is another cartoonist who's found a home at a TV station, drawing local editorial cartoons for the website of WCPO in Cincinnati. "When it comes to local toons, I've lucked out," he writes. "'Cincinnati' encompasses not just what's on the Ohio side of the river, but also Northern Kentucky and Indiana. We have Fortune 500 companies, a city government that doesn't know how to function, and a cast of odd characters." Necessary has also moved into long-form comics journalism, spending several months interviewing and telling the story of an immigrant family (two of whom are American citizens) torn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at AAEC News
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Terry Mosher — better known by his pen name Aislin — is a Canadian legend. He has won just about every award you can in the Great White North, and chalks up his much of his success to his favorite city. "Montreal is a very interesting market for satire of all sorts. We are home to the largest humour festival in the world. Also, unlike elsewhere, cartooning still thrives here in that we have seven cartoonists drawing for the editorial pages of four different newspapers. Therefore, we are very good here at laughing at ourselves. And the best reaction I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at AAEC News
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If Jimmy Margulies seems to have submitted national cartoons for a local cartoon contest, it is only because New York City is his backyard. He was the staff cartoonist for 22 years at The Record in northern New Jersey, and his commentary on The Big Apple appears regularly in amNew York. A multiple award winner, his cartoons are distributed nationwide by King Features. Margulies notes he is especially proud to be on the National Rifle Association blacklist. Meanwhile, across the country Dan McConnell has been drawing for The Wenatchee World, covering issues once a month in a town smack in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2018 at AAEC News
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A.J.B. Lane brings an webcomic sensibility to his cartoons for the Boston Globe, alternating between the traditional single panel and longer form commentary. His editor writes, "Adam chose to give local figures and issues the scrutiny they deserved. Our pages were better as a result." [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning" was launched in 2017 to celebrate those working in this niche. To that end,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at AAEC News
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"Local cartooning is what I do," says Greg Kearney. "In fact it is all that I do." A Maine native, Kearney has well-known lunatic Paul LePage as Governor, and a slew of locals-only issues for his cartoon, which go out to 10 community papers a week. "People seldom are interested in what a cartoonist in some far off city thinks of a national or international issue. They are, however, very interested in issues closer to home; Maine provides a rich environment for such materials." [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at AAEC News
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Russell Hodin is another long-time purveyor of hyperlocal content. He has produced a weekly political cartoon for 26 years for the alt-weekly New Times in San Luis Obispo, known for its local investigative pieces, commentary, and the Shredder, its anonymously-penned editorial. ("The founding editor strongly believed in developing fearless local voices," says Hodin.) In recent years his efforts have been rewarded with multiple top 3 finishes in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia's category for Editorial Cartooning. [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at AAEC News