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AAEC
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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CBR.com has a long interview with the prolific and very very busy cartoonist Keith Knight. Keith draws 3 different strips a week and has a new book out. Read the whole thing here. And Israel News outlet Haaretz has a long interview with long-time AAEC member Ranan Lurie on his storied life. Click here for more. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at AAEC News
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Poynter looks at the long history of newspapers exposing and fighting the KKK, and how the Pulitzer often went to journalists who covered the racist groups in the face of threats and violence. Case in point: one of the very first editorial cartoonists to win the Pulitzer Prize was J.P. Alley ["no relation" —ed.] for a 1923 cartoon attacking the Klan. https://www.poynter.org/2017/how-courageous-journalists-of-the-last-century-stood-up-to-the-kkk-update/470666/ Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at AAEC News
OK yeah, the AAEC got name checked in today's Comic Strip of the Day, but we'd be remiss if we didn't point out the yeoman's work Mike Peterson is doing with his blog every single day. His entertaining and insightful commentary on editorial cartoons is a must read, not just for the breadth of his knowledge but for his willingness to hold cartoonists to higher standards than "I made my deadline." Great stuff. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Sack is releasing a massive career retrospective. "The First and Only Book of Sack: 36 Years of Cartoons for the Star Tribune" covers Sack's career from the Reagan era through the current presidency of Donald Trump. The massive tome is being published as part of the 150 anniversary celebration of The Star Tribune, and will be — according to Sack — the only book of his political cartoons to be collected. Here's another interview with the award-winning artists: http://www.kare11.com/entertainment/television/programs/kare-11-sunrise/sacks-appeal-pulitzer-prize-winning-cartoonist-unveils-a-new-book/464491969 Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
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Earlier this week, Donald Trump tweeted —and just as quickly deleted— a meme that had used a Gary Varvel editorial cartoon without the artist's permission. The image showed a Trump train running over a CNN reporter. Given the recent events in Charlottesville, the tweet was universally condemned. Even though someone at the White House deleted it from Trump's twitter feed, screengrabs of the tweet were saved. Varvel told the Washington Post's Michael Cavna the incident blindsided him, and that the doctored cartoon completely changed the intent of the original. Here the whole sorbid thing here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
A look at life for cartoonists in a post-coup Turkey. "Cartoonist Dogan Güzel was among 22 journalists arrested in August 2016 when pro-Kurdish newspaper Ozgür Gündem was shut down. "Speaking about his arrest, Güzel described: 'They insulted us shouting: ‘Armenians, Jews, sons of Lenin; you are going to find out about the strength of the Turkish state,' Cartooning for Peace reported." Read the whole story here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
Toronto cartoonist Andy Donato was recently named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame. Donato began his career at the Toronto Telegram in 1956 and moved to the Sun when it launched in 1971. “Andy has had a legendary career and his pen remains a sharp and deadly instrument,” said James Wallace, editorial VP of the Suns. “He’s tremendously deserving of this great honour and we’re all proud of him.” Here's the coverage of award from The Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2016/09/28/sun-legend-andy-donato-named-to-canadian-news-hall-of-fame http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/22/sun-cartoonist-andy-donato-inducted-into-canadian-news-hall-of-fame Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
AAEC member A.F. Branco recently marked 5 years of doing cartoons on the Legal Insurrection website and a new book collection. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
Toonfest is seeking submissions. Here's organizer Paul Fell: Greetings Fellow Cartoonists, It’s time for me to make my annual pitch for you to send a couple of samples of your work to be part of the annual cartoon exhibit that is held every year at the Walt Disney Hometown Toonfest in Marceline, MO. I was a speaker at one of the early Toonfest events and I return every year to volunteer and hang out with my cartoonist buddies. One of my volunteer assignments is to round up cartoon art for the exhibit. The response I receive from you guys year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at AAEC News
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Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (of Too Much Coffee Man fame) has been turning Trump's tweets into cartoons, and this summer released a collection of the best of them. Michael Cavna interviews the intrepid translator of "Shit My President Tweets" This is also a good time to revisit a recent article on New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth, who has had Trump's number for a long time. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at AAEC News
Michael Cavna takes a look at a collection of Kelly's Onion cartoons and declares it the Book of the year! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2017/08/10/why-the-onions-kelly-is-the-best-bad-cartoonist-in-america/?utm_term=.1c0664243bee Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at AAEC News
Las Vegas cartoonist Mike Smith has 34 years of cartoons to draw on, and has kicked off a month-long retrospective of his presidential takes. Las Vegas Weekly talks to the editorial cartoonist before the exhibit opens this week. https://lasvegasweekly.com/ae/fine-art/2017/aug/10/cartoonist-mike-smith-presidential-retrospective/ Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at AAEC News
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As word of Dick Locher's passing spread among cartoonists Monday, one sentiment rang clear. "You will not meet anyone who has anything bad to say about him," said Mike Thompson. The proof of that was in the outpouring of admiration for Locher, who died August 6 after a years-long battle with Parkinson's disease. "Dick was a consummate gentleman and a true professional," wrote Ted Rall. "He epitomized grace under pressure and class." "What a class act he was," mused Ben Sargent in an email. "Dick was godfather to all of us in the trade; universally loved and will be universally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at AAEC News
Richard E. "Dick" Locher, longtime member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, died August 6th of complications from Parkinson's disease. From 1973 to 2013 he drew for the Chicago Tribune and won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1983. Locher also worked on the popular comic strip "Dick Tracy" for over three decades, first as an assistant for the comic's creator Chester Gould and later as the principal artist and writer. However, the Locher contribution especially appreciated by members of the AAEC, which continues to enrich the organization to this day, is the creation of the John Locher... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at AAEC News
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Dick Locher passed away earlier today. He was 88. Locher got his start on “Dick Tracy” as Chester Gould’s assistant on the daily comic, and later took over as artist and writer on the popular strip. He began drawing editorial cartoons for the Chicago Tribune in 1973 and won the Pulitzer in 1983. Dick continued to draw political cartoons even after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, only announcing his retirement in 2013. Current Tribune staff cartoonist Scott Stantis wrote this remembrance of his friend: "Cartoonists are actually pretty boring. So much of their life is played out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at AAEC News
Four years ago, when Bob Rich left his last newspaper cartoonist, he was not counting on getting another staff position in a fast-shrinking profession. Now, not only he is not only working full-time but amassing a growing audience for a prolific and provocative body of work. As the in-house cartoonist for Stamford investment research and financial-media company Hedgeye, Rich opines on major financial and economic issues. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at AAEC News
A little Saturday morning entertainment for you: Tom Toles reads his hatemail. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at AAEC News
In a throwback to the days when politicians would ask cartoonists for the original —ok, only sort of— Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci retweeted Steve Sack's cartoon on the White House Communications Director's 10-day reign. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at AAEC News
Fantagraphics has a new book out this week on cartoonist Art Young, whose work a century ago in the short-lived newspaper The Masses continued to influence long after the the socialist paper was shut down. The New Yorker looks at his lasting legacy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at AAEC News
Tulsa World talks to its staff cartoonist Bruce Plante and looks at the history — and current state —of political cartooning. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at AAEC News
Merriam-Webster is out to prove the pen is mightier than the sword, and has turned their online dictionary into a weapon of rapier-sharp wit. Each day they fire off a word of the day that slyly ties into the news, post the top 5 trending definitions readers are looking up, and provide a daily lesson in word history. Case in point: Today's word history is — CARTOON. Surprisingly, it's not what most people think. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/cartoon-definition-evolution Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at AAEC News
A big congrats to Cullum Rogers on his First Place win for cartooning from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. And a shout out to Russell Hodin for taking second for his cartoons the San Luis Obispo New Times. Rogers, who works under the signature VC Rogers, draws for alt-weekly Indy Week in Durham, NC. This is his third AAN award for cartoons, and his first First Place. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at AAEC News
Like their American counterparts, Canadian cartoonists on the the staff of a daily newspaper have taken a big hit in the last few years. Bado looks at damage — it's not a pretty picture. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at AAEC News
The Atlantic takes a close look at the cartoonists who comment on the falling out between Qatar and other Persian Gulf states, and how the growing conflict is challenging the strictures on free speech. "But there’s also the matter of what Qatar and its Gulf brethren share: a record of grievous human rights abuse. Across the region, free speech can be a jailable offense, and labor violations are widespread. So it’s an odd irony that these fraught times have cast Qatar, an absolute monarchy where those who oppose the regime are liable to face jail time, as a beacon of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at AAEC News
Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, who works under the name Zunar, canceled a public art show after threats "from a group of troublemakers.” The exhibition, a collection of his cartoons about a national scandal involving millions of dollars of diamonds and the wife of a high-ranking government official, was supposed to open over the weekend. Instead, Zunar cancelled the show when it was clear pro-government supporters would “disturb” his exhibition. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at AAEC News