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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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The Daily Cartoonist reported last week that Glenn McCoy has been let go from his long-time staff slot at the Belleville News-Democrat. No update on the reason, but considering the paper is owned by McClatchy​, cutbacks are strong suspected. McCoy, who was an AAEC member for years, is one of the more prominent conservative editorial cartoonists working today. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AAEC News
Calling all cartoonists—contest time! The Davenport International Cartoon Contest has returned! Named after famed political cartoonist Homer C. Davenport, who went after Gilded Age targets at the turn of the 20th century, the revamped contest has a July 17 deadline. Get all the details here: http://homerdavenport.com/tooncon/ Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AAEC News
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Congrats to Mark Robinson & Kevin Kallaugher for their recents wins at the MDDC Press Awards. @kaltoons took 1st & 2nd place in his division and Best in Show with his work for the Baltimore Sun. @CoolComix won 1st place in his division for this editorial cartoon. MDDC represents over 160 news outlets in the Baltimore/DC/Delaware region. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AAEC News
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Are you an aspiring cartoonist, age 18-25, who draws political & social cartoons, editorial commentary or comics journalism? You have one month left to enter your work for consideration for the 2018 John Locher Memorial Award. Deadline is June 15! Details: http://locheraward.org/ Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at AAEC News
There's a bar in New York City where cartoonists have been drawing on the wall for years, with original artwork by some of the biggest names in the industry. Pony up to the bar — it's Happy Hour. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/11/nyregion/the-sistine-chapel-of-comic-strip-art.html Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at AAEC News
Fourth Estate, a startup dedicated to "fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press" is looking to add a freelance cartoonist to their team."What I am looking for are some high quality editorial cartoons focused on the issues that are facing journalism and the free press. Ideally at least one cartoon weekly, preferably two," wrote CEO Jeff Brown. The site itself appears to be as much a networking and hosting platform as industry news publisher. Access to members-only elements, including resume databases, chatrooms and hosting services run $95 a year. No word on compensation, though they did ask... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at AAEC News
Adobe Creative Magazine talks to award-winning animator and cartoonist Mark Fiore and asks him everything except "what pen do you use?" https://create.adobe.com/2018/5/10/political_cartooning.html Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at AAEC News
Congrats to Canadian cartoonists Terry Mosher (aka Aislin) & Serge Chapleau, both of whom are to receive honorary degrees from Concordia University. The award is being bestowed “for holding the powerful to account through their sharp penmanship.” Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at AAEC News
The Washington Post's Michael Cavna makes the case in Comic Riffs. FOR MUCH of the history of American editorial cartooning, the standard format has held strong: a bold, single image carrying the entire metaphoric weight of the opinion being expressed. Major mainstream contests have reflected that primacy, including the Pulitzer Prizes for nearly a century, and more recently the RFK Award and the Herblock Prize, named for the legendary Washington Post cartoonist. Sure, occasionally the Pulitzer would go to the creator of a multi-panel comic strip (Garry Trudeau, Berkeley Breathed and Jules Feiffer) or a political animator (Mark Fiore), but... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at AAEC News
In a few hours, cartoonist Ward Sutton will receive the Herblock Award during an event tonight at the Library of Congress. Sutton talked to The Washington Post's Michael Cavna in this wide-ranging Comic Riffs interview. Update: Comic Riffs posts a second interview with Sutton after the Herblock award ceremony. Oh and The Daily Cartoonist has links to photos of the event: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/05/10/herblock-prize-ceremony-and-reception-in-photos/ Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at AAEC News
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Congrats to Bruce MacKinnon, who won his seventh National Newspaper Award for editorial cartooning. The NNAs were established by the Toronto Press Club in 1949 to encourage excellence and reward achievement in daily newspaper work in Canada. + + + + + Cartoonist John Deering was a winner of a Great Plains Journalism Award for his work in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Deering won in the category of Entertainment Features for his illustrations accompanying Philip Martin's columns on film and pop music. + + + + + Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz's very good year continued when he was presented with a Latino... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at AAEC News
The oft-repeated statement “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us” applies to political cartoonists worldwide after Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart was sentenced to prison. Why should Americans care about the fate of a satirist who mocked his president in a country half way around the world? Because it can happen here. It wasn’t that long ago Turkey was a beacon of democracy with a relatively freewheeling press. In a part of the world known for strongmen and monarchies, Turkish institutions were working hard to liberalize and guarantee individual freedoms, such as freedom of speech... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at AAEC News
Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart won the cartooning for peace prize on World Press Freedom Day — but was prevented from receiving it in person due to a travel ban. Kart's wife and daughter accepted the 2018 International Press Cartoon Prize on his behalf. Here is the complete report from his newspaper Cumhuriyet (which, it should be noted, had 14 of it's staff found guilty of trumped up terrorism charges last month in a show trial held by the Turkish government.) Convicted Cumhuriyet cartoonist wins int’l press freedom award, unable to collect it due to ban on traveling abroad Musa Kart,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at AAEC News
The Media Online asks "Do South African print publications still value cartoons?" It seems South African cartoonists are facing the same challenges as their North American counterparts. Last one out turn off the lights! http://themediaonline.co.za/2018/05/do-south-african-print-publications-value-cartoons-anymore/ Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at AAEC News
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We got two stories today about AAEC friend and killer cartoonist Martin Rowson. First up —Fun with death threats! http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/16200356.Brockley_political_cartoonist_talks_about_the_death_threats_he_has_received_over_the_years/ Also, the British cartoonist's graphic novel of "The Communist Manifesto" is now out! Martin Rowson talked about this at last year's AAEC Convention in Long Island, and the long-awaited epic adaptation is finally here: https://theovertake.com/~workers-week/martin-rowson/ Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at AAEC News
A big congrats to Tom the Dancing Bug aka Ruben Bolling aka Ken Fisher aka the 2018 recipient of the RFK Journalism Award. In a press release about the announcement, Fisher said "It's a special honor for me both because of the accomplishments and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy, and also because the award recognizes work in the area of human rights and social justice." "I'm especially looking forward to receiving the handsome bust of Robert F. Kennedy, whose stern countenance in my office will no doubt provide a constant reminder for me not to engage in organized crime." An... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at AAEC News
Ramón Esono Ebalém, the cartoonist cleared of trumped-up charges two months ago, is still being kept from leaving Equitorial Guinea and returning home. https://cpj.org/blog/2018/05/cpj-joins-call-for-equatorial-guinea-to-renew-cart.php Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at AAEC News
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While Maryland was considered part of the north, and fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War, it is still south of the Mason-Dixon line, and African-Americans living there were lynched into the 1930s. In 1931, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Edmund Duffy joined with H.L. Mencken in a years-long newspaper campaign to fight attacks on black American citizens. http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/retro-baltimore/bs-md-retro-baltimore04-story.html Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at AAEC News
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May 3rd is #WorldPressFreedomDay — to mark the occasion, here are the winners of this year's World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition. Lot of blood, sweat & tears here. http://bado-badosblog.blogspot.com/2018/05/18th-world-press-freedom-international.html Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at AAEC News
Variety reviews the new doc on political cartoonist Mr. Fish (aka Dwayne Booth), calling it "a stubbornly amiable film about a compulsively provocative talent." The documentary has been playing film festivals around the country; look for showings at http://www.mrfishmovie.com/ http://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/mr-fish-cartooning-from-the-deep-end-review-1202791223/ Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at AAEC News
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Pat Oliphant,one of the most influential political cartoonists of the 20th century, has donated his papers to the University of Virginia, an archive that includes correspondence, original artwork, sketchbooks & sculptures. https://augustafreepress.com/famed-political-cartoonists-archives-arrive-at-uva/ UPDATE: Radio IQ talks to Pat Oliphant about the recent donation of his papers to the University of Virginia. The school plans a major exhibition of Oliphant’s work in the fall of 2019. http://wvtf.org/post/oliphants-archive-live-uva Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at AAEC News
There probably isn't an editorial cartoonist out there who hasn't been influenced by MAD Magazine. Long the fool's gold standard for satire, the 70-year-old publication recently went through a major change, moving from its long-time home in New York City to California. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum celebrates the magazine's storied history with a new exhibit — Artistically MAD — which kicks off this weekend. Click here for complete details: http://cartoons.osu.edu/events/artistically-mad/ More on the exhibit from the Columbus Dispatch: http://www.columbusalive.com/entertainment/20180502/arts-feature-artistically-mad-seven-decades-of-satire-at-billy-ireland Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at AAEC News
Over the last two years you might have noticed that the news crawl on the right hand side of the AAEC site was rather static. This was due to AAEC friend and prolific writer Alan Gardner taking a long hiatus from blogging. The good news is — The Daily Cartoonist has returned! Gardner recently announced he has sold his blog to Andrews McMeel and that GoComics would be taking over the blog. John Glynn & D.D. Degg will be taking over the reporting duties. So welcome back @dailycartoonist! http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/04/30/the-new-daily-cartoonist/ Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at AAEC News
It's Spring, and that means more award announcements! Steve Sack is this year's winner of the "James Aronson Cartooning with a Conscience Award." The recognition is part of the annual Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism. Recipients will meet at Hunter College in New York City on Monday, May 21, to receive their award and "discuss their inspiration and the challenges of reporting." The event will run from 6:30–9 pm in the Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, New York City. http://brie.hunter.cuny.edu/aronson/ Also, Steve's recent collection of his work for the Star Tribune — "The First and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at AAEC News
Cartoonist Musa Kart, along with 13 other journalists from the Cumhuriyet newspaper, were found guilty this week in their politically-motivated show trial in Turkey. Kart was sentenced to 3+ years for drawing cartoons, while fellow journalists got up up to 8 years. The verdict can be appealed. Numerous human rights organizations immediately condemned the proceedings. The Cartoonists Rights Network has joined with other concerned parties to fight this crackdown on free speech. You can follow their updates on https://twitter.com/CRNetInt and http://cartoonistsrights.org/ Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at AAEC News