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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Back in 1954, an article in the Saturday Review titled "The Rise and Fall of the Political Cartoon" wondered if editorial cartooning was dead. The author of the piece complained that cartoons weren't as good as they used to be, and that they — and newspapers— were losing ground and influence to competition from "radio, television and news magazines." The article so enraged cartoonist John Stampone that he decided to fight back and form the "Association of American Editorial Cartoonists" in the hope it would "help restore some of the prestige to the profession." Organizing his fellow cartoonists took some... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at AAEC News
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Like cartoons? Love against-all-odds stories? In Alaska this weekend? Peter Dunlap-Shohl will be giving a "halting, slurred speech" (his words, not ours) about his book-length comic "My Degeneration" this Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Adaptive Abilities Fair in Anchorage, AK. "My Degeneration" chronicles Dunlap-Shohl's decade-long battle with Parkinson's Disease, and is widely considered one of the best graphic novels on the subject (it is also, admittedly, one of the only). "My talk begins at 10:00 am and goes for about an hour, including the Q&A at the end. I will have a number of books available for you to pick... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at AAEC News
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The Adam Zyglis cartoon exhibit is up and running in Buffalo. Catch it while you can! "Drawing a Reaction: The Editorial Work of Adam Zyglis" is on display through Nov. 4 in the Nichols School Art Gallery, 1250 Amherst St. An opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19. Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at AAEC News
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Apparently tyrants don't like being mocked: http://www.dw.com/en/cartoonists-in-turkey-face-growing-government-repression/a-41004436 Also, the trial of political cartoonist Musa Kart and the #Cumhuriyet17 continues on Oct. 31st. Follow the updates on the CRNI Twitter feed. Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at AAEC News
Dear cartoonists, We’re just about 2 weeks out from our convention at Hofstra University on Long Island, NY, and if you haven’t made your hotel reservation yet, go do it! TODAY is the last day for the discounted room rate. Also, please register (and update your membership as well) because the longer you wait the more work it is for our manager Wanda — and we don’t want to wear Wanda out because she has been Wonder Woman for the AAEC these past several months and we want her to stick around. If you’re coming in on Wednesday, drop your... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AAEC News
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"In commemorating the 125th anniversary of The Denver Post, it must be noted that this newspaper was at the very heart of the golden age of modern American editorial cartooning," states cartoonist Mike Keefe, making an argument that editorial cartooning gives voice to art in past, present and future. Read all about it here. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AAEC News
Quick reminder! Tomorrow —Monday, October 16 — is the deadline to reserve your hotel room for the 2017 AAEC Convention and get the convention block rate! Go to http://editorialcartoonists.com/aaecweb/convention.cfm and log in to get the group code and hotel contact info. If you are not a member of the AAEC, please contact editorialcartoonists@gmail.com for access codes. See you in two weeks! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AAEC News
Jeannie Schulz, widow of Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz and long-time friend of the AAEC, was one of thousands to lose their home in the California wildfires this week. Schulz had to flee in the middle of the night as flames consumed whole neighborhoods. The house, which the Schulz's owned since the early 1970s, held a good deal of Peanuts memorabilia, family archives, and Charles Schulz's home studio. Most of the Schulz collection of original comic strips, artwork and is housed at the nearby museum which remained just outside the firezone. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at AAEC News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LONG ISLAND, NY — The Political Cartoon & Satire Festival comes to Hofstra University Nov. 1-4, 2017, as part of the annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Sponsored by Newsday, the AAEC Satire Festival will include panel discussions with cartoonists from The New Yorker, MAD Magazine, and many of the best editorial cartoonists and illustrators in the U.S., Canada and England. Free speech, safe spaces, and some guy named Trump will also figure prominently during the confabulation (look it up, Donald). The Festival is being held on and around the university campus in Hempstead,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonists were quick to respond to a column last week by a Florida Times-Union editor who had replaced political cartoons on the opinion page with "uplifting photos." The long-time Jacksonville op-ed editor complained he couldn't find "balanced cartoons," moaning he had trouble locating cartoonists that didn't offend readers, or offered a conservative viewpoint. "One complication is that the Times-Union does not have a staff cartoonist, so we have little control," Mike Clark wrote. Cartoonists on AAEC listserv didn't buy the excuse. Ted Rall posted, "I love how he complains that he doesn't have a staff editorial cartoonist. If only... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at AAEC News
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As newspapers choke on their own short-sightedness, online outlets launch new, daily platforms for editorial cartoons. Case in point: OppArt from The Nation. WaPo's Michael Cavna wrote about its origins over the weekend in Comic Riffs. Created by Steve Brodner, Peter Kuper, Andrea Arroyo and Robert Best, the site will post daily cartoons for the foreseeable future. Or until Trump gets everyone killed. Join the resistance at https://www.thenation.com/admin-taxonomy/oppart/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at AAEC News
Mike Peterson nails it in this takedown of an inept editorial page editor who has replaced "frustrating" political cartoons with "uplifting" photos on the op-ed page. Peterson's reporting and analysis blasts the editor's complaint that he can't find "balanced" (read Pro-Trump) cartoons from the syndicates, and takes him to task for ignoring overwhelming feedback from readers who want the cartoons back. And we wonder why newspapers are in a death spiral. Read all about it here! Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at AAEC News
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Three new editorial cartoon exhibits open this month in the U.S., Canada and England. If you're in Buffalo NY, be sure to see "Drawing a Reaction: The Editorial Work of Adam Zyglis" at the Nichols School Gallery. There will be an opening reception this Thursday, October 19, from 6-8pm. The show consists of limited edition giclee fine art prints — for sale!— as well as some originals and pencil sketches. The October 19th reception is free and open to the public, and the exhibit runs through November 9. Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St, Buffalo, New York 14216 http://bit.ly/2g68Gao + +... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at AAEC News
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Calls for growing for the release of Ramón Esono Ebalé, a political cartoonist in Equatorial Guinea being held without charges by the government he frequently criticizes. CPJ, the Committee to Protect Journalists, first reported on the detention: "Ebalé, who is known by the pen name Jamón y Queso, was arrested with two friends on September 16, 2017, around 7 pm by three men who identified themselves as security personnel, according to a written account in Spanish provided to CPJ by one of the friends arrested with Ebalé. The friends, who are both Spanish nationals, were quickly released." "Ebalé's drawings and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at AAEC News
In the Oct. 5 Comic Strip of the Day, long-time newspaper reporter Mike Peterson points out the real problem facing editorial cartoonists — their editors. Here's the salient passage: [T]he topic of offending readers has come to the fore with the publication, and subsequent renunciation of a political cartoon about the Las Vegas shootings. Before I worked in newsrooms, I would see an editorial cartoon that seemed at odds with the tenor of the paper in which it appeared, and I'd assume that they felt some ethical compulsion to present the other side of the issue. Once I began to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at AAEC News
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Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque —better known by his pen name Zunar— recently posted an update on the slew of court cases the government of Malaysian has brought against him. These include a travel ban, preventing him from leaving the country; bans of his books; and charges of sedition. The cartoonist also has a lawsuit against the authorities for unlawful arrest. Here are his upcoming trial dates, and statements he's made in defense of his books and his work. "Thank you everybody. Here is the update of my court cases; 1. Travel ban challenge - 13th Oct 2. Sedition Act trial... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at AAEC News
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Two newspapers apologized for running an editorial cartoon commenting on Sunday's Las Vegas terrorist attack that some found "offensive". The cartoon, by Randall Enos, was also pulled from the Cagle Cartoons website. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at AAEC News
Political cartoonist and former AAEC president Michael Ramirez riffs on recent events on Ricochet's Whiskey Politics podcast. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at AAEC News
Cartoonist Charlie Daniel was one of the Knoxville News Sentinel celebs at the United Way fundraiser over the weekend. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at AAEC News
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Raleigh's Walter Magazinene profiles political cartoonist Dwane Powelll—with a look pack at his career and a peak at his studio's famous Wall o' Cartoons. http://www.waltermagazine.com/art_and_culture/artists-spotlight-dwane-powell/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at AAEC News
Good news for lollygaggers! The Long Island Marriott has offered to extend the deadline for room reservation for those attending the 2017 AAEC Convention. The new cutoff date for locking in the convention rate is MONDAY, OCTOBER 16. For complete details, go to editorial http://editorialcartoonists.com/aaecweb/convention.cfm The deadline to register for the AAEC Convention at Hofstra U. remains the same: OCTOBER 25. See you in a month! Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at AAEC News
Good news if you're in Greenville, SC — the newspaper that once gave Mike Luchovich his start is looking for a cartoonist to tackle local issues. After long-time staffer Roger Harvell retired earlier this year, the editor of the Greenville News decided they missed have original cartoons on the edit page. The position is freelance, and only covers topics of local interest, but holy cow — somebody at a paper want to hire a cartoonist! Read all about it here: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/opinion/2017/09/29/heres-your-chance-try-your-hand-editorial-cartooning/715508001/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at AAEC News
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Ace political cartoonist Ruben Bolling is holding an emergency fundraiser to help Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. Two donor's will receive original art for helping during this time of great need. To participate, click here! Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at AAEC News
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Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, the free annual cartoon festival, kicks off tomorrow at Ohio State University. Pulitzer-prize winner Signe Wilkinson helms two panels on cartooning and comic strip art. She will be joined by Washington Post's Ann Telanes and Columbus Dispatch's Nate Beeler on Saturday at 2pm for a talk on humor in the Time of Trump. CXC is held over four days in September in multiple locations across the campus of Ohio State University and Columbus, Ohio. For a complete schedule, go to: http://cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com/index.html Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at AAEC News
Pulitzer Prize winners Ann Telnaes & Matt Wuerker pop up on this week's Virtual Memories podcast. Listen to it here! Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at AAEC News