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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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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 3 days ago 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
Maine Gov. Paul Le Page’s recent statement noting that he’d like to shoot Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby is nothing short of absolutely reprehensible. In light of the recent assassination of twelve people, including five cartoonists, at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in France, Gov. LePage’s remarks are beneath contempt. Calling for the shooting of a newspaper cartoonist in this political environment by an elected official is unprecedented, and Gov. LePage sets a new low in political judgment and discourse. Danby himself noted that had he made a similar statement, he’d be arrested. The board of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists condemns Gov. LePage’s vicious, stupid and irresponsible statement. We call upon him to issue a public apology to George Danby. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at AAEC News
The shootings in Texas once again demonstrate that art is provocative, but we must not cower in the face of threats to this profession or to free expression. Political art, be it cartoons, paintings, sculpture, or anything else, is protected speech under the First Amendment. The group that sponsored the “art contest” has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The leader of the group seems to have her own tasteless and ignorant agenda. However, a group's political agenda, whether we agree with its goals or not, is subject to the same constitutional protections we all enjoy. Cartoons are powerful, as has been repeatedly shown in the past few months, and the AAEC condemns this senseless attack. Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at AAEC News
It's time to make plans to come to this year's AAEC Convention in Columbus, Ohio! It will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6, and hosted by the OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Day programming and public sessions will be held at CCAD, with separate events at the Billy Ireland, which will open up its cartooning treasure vault for the convention. There will be a sit-down banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening. We will update you soon with an outline of the convention schedule. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC expresses its condolences to the family of Jack Jurden, the longtime editorial cartoonist for The Wilmington News-Journal. Jack died March 19, at age 88. Jack was the president of the AAEC from 1976-77, and was a popular figure for years at the conventions. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at AAEC News
-To support the profession of editorial cartooning in the United States on all platforms. -To be an international leader in support of the human, civil, and artistic rights of editorial cartoonists around the world, and to stand with other international groups in support of the profession. -To be a national and international leader for free speech, the foundation of political cartooning. -To encourage and foster young editorial cartooning talent. -To provide a common meeting ground for editorial cartoonists each year to exchange views, meet socially, and showcase creative and technological innovation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists strongly condemns the detention of the political cartoonist Zunar by the Malaysian authorities. Zunar and his wife have been the subject of continued harassment by police in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at AAEC News
Fellow cartoonists, -- This is from Anders Gyllenhaal, Vice President for News at McClatchy and a member of the ASNE Board of Directors. He’d like us to contribute cartoons about Sunshine Week, which is March 15-21. Please consider doing a cartoon for this important week. Thanks! – Jack Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC community wishes to extend its profound condolences to Tim Menees and his wife, Kay. Their son, Timmy, died of complications from a head injury at age 40. Timmy was a big-hearted man who worked in the non-profit sector. Tim was the longtime editorial cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Press for decades, a great friend to all cartoonists, mainstay of the AAEC band the Toontones, and a truly multi-talented man. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC community wishes former Sacramento Bee cartoonist Dennis Renault a speedy and full recovery following a bicycle accident a few months ago. Dennis has been in physical therapy for weeks, and, despite some setbacks, is improving. Through his wife Marty, you can send him at note at Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at AAEC News
The gruesome attack on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France today reminds us that freedom of expression in cartooning is not a given in many parts of the world. Charlie Hebdo was also attacked in 2011, and continued to publish. The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists condemns this revolting act of violence, and stands with the international cartooning community in mourning the loss of twelve people, including several police officers who were executed. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at AAEC News
The AAEC expresses condolences to the family of former Arkansas Democrat cartoonist Jon Kennedy, a charter member of the AAEC at its founding in 1957. Jon passed away at 96 on Oct. 10, during the 57th AAEC convention in San Francisco. Jon Kennedy was a hugely talented and thoughtful cartoonist who mentored many young cartoonists, notably Dwane Powell and countless others. His strong and capable artwork was beautiful and compelling. The AAEC would not have been possible without Jon's efforts. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at AAEC News
Tony Auth’s colleagues and friends in the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists are profoundly saddened by his death. Tony was one of a small handful of that magnificent generation of 1960s and 1970s cartoonists who re-created what we do today. A brilliant, original editorial cartooning voice is gone. Tony’s drawing style was unique. The fluidity, grace, and simplicity of his line was a marvel, and his strong editorial positions stood out for four decades. There was no mistaking an Auth cartoon for others, ever. A master of irony and juxtaposition, Tony won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize, along with many other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at AAEC News
Etta Hulme, cartoonist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, died June 25th at the age of 90. A longtime member and former president, Etta was a widely respected and beloved member of the AAEC. Although her drawing style has been described as soft, the messages behind the images were powerful and clear. Etta was exactly what an editorial cartoonist should be, fearless and determined- plus she did it with a wonderful smile. The AAEC sends their deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We'll miss Etta very much. Related articles Etta Hulme, acclaimed Star-Telegram cartoonist, dies Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at AAEC News
The AAEC's Satire Fest is coming to San Francisco on October 9, 10, 11. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at AAEC News
The Board of the Herblock Foundation just voted to include monthly newspaper and magazine publications in the eligibility for the Prize. The deadline is February 3rd. For more information, please visit Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at AAEC News
The AAEC condemns the killing of Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at AAEC News
Vancouver Sun sketcher, and my mentor, was almost as great a journalist as he was a human being. By Bob Krieger, 2 Oct 2013, Aside from being an incredibly kind, humble, hilarious, brilliant and elegant gentleman, Roy Peterson happened to be a world class editorial cartoonist. He won more National Newspaper Awards than any other journalist, the Order of Canada, and more awards and honours than he or a mathematician could count. Roy Peterson was born in Winnipeg in 1936. He died Monday, Sept. 30, joining the love of his life, Margaret, and leaving two sons, three daughters, nine grandchildren and a massive hole in journalism business. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at AAEC News
The celebration of the life of Roy Peterson will be held Friday Oct 11th from 2-4 at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. ----------------- Remembrances from Colleagues... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at AAEC News
Longtime Sun artist picked up seven National Newspaper Awards in a career that established him among the greats of Canadian journalism By Pete McMartin and John Mackie, Vancouver Sun October 2, 2013 There was that about him that, physically, was pen-like — the sharp line of his nose and profile, the quiet manner hiding a pointed intelligence, a humour that could be as black as ink. Roy Peterson drew more than editorial cartoons with his pen. He took aim. He died Sunday. He was 77. He was on his living-room couch in his West Vancouver home. “I went into the kitchen to fill up a glass of water he needed for his medications,” son Laurie said, “and when I came back a few seconds later he was gone.” He leaves behind five children, nine grandchildren and a body of work that for the honours it received was unmatched in the history of Canadian journalism. Read more: Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at AAEC News
The AAEC is profoundly saddened to hear of the death of Roy Peterson, an extraordinary editorial cartoonist and longtime friend to many in our organization. We extend our condolences to Roy's family and friends and will be posting a memorial remembrance shortly. In addition to being a wonderful human being, Roy Peterson was the only Canadian journalist to win seven National Newspaper Awards. Please visit: Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at AAEC News
The AAEC firmly stands behind Jack Ohman and his powerful cartoon on the tragedy in West, Texas. The Ohman cartoon represents the finest traditions of both American political cartooning and our freedom of the press. On the other hand the Texas governor's response demanding a retraction and an apology, represents the worst impulses of those who have no respect for our most basic and fundamental right to free speech. Governor Perry attacking the cartoonist is the kind of reaction we'd expect from a leader in North Korea, not one from Texas. The attempt to intimidate a journalist for being critical of the government, particularly the call on the part of the Texas Lt. Governor to have him lose his job, is what should be condemned. This sort of intimidation of journalists is, at its root, just plain un-American. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at AAEC News
Mark your calendars! The 2013 AAEC Convention will be June 27-29 in Salt Lake City. Click for details -- more to come! Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2013 at AAEC News