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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Tomorrow, August 16, 2018, hundreds of newspapers across the country will be uniting in confronting and denouncing Donald Trump's constant assault on the free press. Editorials cartoonists nationwide will be joining in defense of the First Amendment (cartoons have already begun to appear in the above feed.) Lead by the Boston Globe, over 200 newspapers will be posting editorials on promoting freedom of the press: "Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country have committed to taking a stand in their editorial pages, including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at AAEC News
Cartoonist Ed Hall needs to make more room on his shelf after winning this year's Sunshine State Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and First Place in two different categories from the Florida Press Association. Congrats too to AAEC member Peter Evans on landing Second Place for Editorial Cartooning in Division C, and cartoonists Steve Borggren and Clay Jones for placing and showing, respectively. Meanwhile, out in California, comics journalist Brian Fies was bestowed with a golden resolution from Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for his "contributions to the arts and literature." Fies will be on discussing "A Fire... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at AAEC News
Love cartoons? In Sacramento? Check out "Drawing Caleeforneeya: Political Cartoons Of Rex Babin." The retrospective of the late great editorial cartoonist opens today, Aug. 14, and runs thru Oct. 14. The AAEC will also be holding a special opening reception at the exhibit on Sept. 20 to kick off this year's convention. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is once again looking for the best in local cartooning. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning," named after the late Sacramento artist, focuses exclusively on state and local commentary, an issue near and dear to Babin during his lifetime. This year's award will be presented in conjunction with a retrospective of Babin's state & local cartoons at the California Museum. Click here for details on entering: Deadline is FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at AAEC News
This year's gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will take place Sept. 20-23 in Sacramento, CA. Hosts Jack Ohman and Pat Bagley released the convention's schedule today. Highlights include an reception at the California Museum to celebrate the life and work of the late cartoonist Rex Babin, and the return of cartoon deathmatch, as award-winning snarks at the top of their game faceoff with Sharpies in a public event Saturday. Cartoonists and comics journalists interested in attending can find all the details here: Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonist Dan Saad celebrates the 40+ years of his career with a fundraiser for a special cause. Saad will deliver a presentation on cartoons and the creative process at 6:30 p.m. August 23 at The News-Herald office in Southgate, MI. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for VIP Camp Connect, a nonprofit organization that sponsors a Downriver day camp for individuals with special needs between the age of 8-26. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
IndyStar editorial cartoonist (and long-time AAEC member) Gary Varvel is having a busy summer. His second children's book came out last month, he recently popped up on PBS talk show "Story in the Public Square" to discuss his changing views of Donald Trump, and he will be a guest lecturer along with cartoonists Mike Ramirez and Mike Luchovich at The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in September. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will be hosting a major exhibition on cartoonists and the First Amendment in 2019. Co-curated by Lucy Caswell and Ann Telnaes, "The Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment
" will run for six months in 2019 in the lead-up to CXC and the AAEC Convention at The Ohio State University. Members of the AAEC, NCS, and professional cartoonists nationwide, are invited to submit contemporary cartoons on the significance of the First Amendment protections for speech and press. For consideration, email up to 5 lo-res files to by the end of this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at AAEC News
Calling all cartoonists! Here are your deadline reminders for August 2018! TWO WEEKS & COUNTING: The 2018 Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning. Deadline is FRIDAY, AUGUST 17. THREE WEEKS & COUNTING: Reserve your hotel room for the 2018 AAEC Convention in Sacramento. Deadline is FRIDAY, AUGUST 24. FOUR WEEKS & COUNTING: Final call for submissions to OSU's Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment. Deadline is FRIDAY, AUGUST 31. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at AAEC News
A mash of cartooning news for your Friday afternoon reading. So crack open a cold one and kick back... If you're in Oregon, you still have time to make it to the annual Homer Davenport Community Festival in Silverton, OR this weekend, Aug. 3-5. The annual celebration of hometown hero cartoonist Homer Davenport includes races, homebrew tastings and the return of the Davenport Cartoon Contest! Like cartoons? Love beer? In Ohio? Check out Lock 15, the new brewery opening in Akron later this month, where all the labels were designed by former editorial cartoonist Chuck Ayers. Like books? Love comics?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at AAEC News
Joe Sharpnack reports that a sudden condition has left him partially blind. The Daily Iowan has the story. Known for his wicked sense of humor, the stalwart Iowan's work has appeared in the Washington Post and USAToday over the years. He was a member of the AAEC for a time, before his iconoclastic ways lead him to quit. His work has appeared in a number of collections, including the first "Attitude" book by Ted Rall, and the AAEC's "Attack of the Political Cartoonists." Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at AAEC News
Wow, a lot of mea culpa's this week — and a lot of people upset over cartoons, editors who apologized for cartoons they okayed, and cartoons that cartoonists apologized for. First up, there are always two sides to every firing: The Jerusalem Post doubled down on its reasoning for canning editorial cartoonist Avi Katz (even as they keep the "offending cartoon" at the top of their webpage to garner clicks. Uh, hypocrite much, guys?) To be fair to the Post, they at least *showed* the offending cartoon so readers have the proper visual context & can make their own decision... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at AAEC News
The 2018 AAEC Convention is Fast Approaching! This year’s gathering of the nation’s editorial cartoonists and political junkies in Sacramento — Thursday, September 20th to Saturday 22nd — promises to be a blockbuster. Our featured guest is Atlantic staff writer McKay Coppins, who extensively covered the Trump campaign and was called “a dishonest slob” via Twitter by the then-GOP nominee for his award-winning reporting. We’ll also get a chance to ask Rob Rogers if there are other ways to become nationally famous without first losing one’s job. We’ll kick off things with a reception on Thursday, September 20, that will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at AAEC News
A huge congratulations to Cullum Rogers, who won 1st Place in the Out of the Box/Cartoons category from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. This was the second year in a row Rogers took first place for his cartoons in the Durham, North Carolina-based Indy Week. It was also the last time his work would be eligible, as the shrinking alt-weekly laid off the cartoonist earlier this year. Way to go out on top, Cullum! And kudos to Russell Hodin and Jen Sorensen, who were also cited for their alt-weekly work. Hodin took home 3rd Place, and Sorensen received an Honorable... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at AAEC News
A big congrats to cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz for landing another gig on an animated series. As he did with Coco and Bordertown, Alcaraz will be the cultural advisor for Los Casagrandes on Nickelodeon. Now, someone just needs to option La Cucaracha! Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at AAEC News
Another cartoon controversy, another cartoonist fired from a steady gig. It's almost like people don't get literary references anymore... Long-time cartoonist for The Jerusalem Report, Avi Katz, lost his freelance job after posting a caricature of Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing Knesset members as the ruling pigs from George Orwell's Animal Farm. This article breaks down why people were so offended, and/or missed the literary metaphor the cartoonist was going for. Even though it was spelled out. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at AAEC News
There are two big AAEC announcements to make today. First up, congratulations to Charis Jackson Barrios, the winner of this year's John Locher Memorial Award. Barrios recently received a BFA on a full scholarship from The Cooper Union in NYC. While a student, the cartoonist did design and illustration projects with places like Frederator Studios and BuzzFeed. She has made comics for The Nib and Splinter News, and more of her work can found at her website The judges noted: "Charis is producing well-crafted, smart, affecting comics that are equally adept in dishing out facts and relating personal anecdotes,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at AAEC News
Among cartoonists it is well known that, with the exception of enlightened centers of learning such as Ohio State and their Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (and to some degree Duke University), academia had been generally disdainful or ignorant of their artform. One Pittsburgh critic decides to look at the work of Rob Rogers and try judging cartooning as a fine art: Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at AAEC News
Over the weekend, TV News KTRK talked to cartoonist Nick Anderson about finding a new audience online after getting axed from the Houston Chronicle. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at AAEC News
We are now less than 2 MONTHS out from the 2018 AAEC convention. If you're a political cartoonist, comics journalist or satirist, join us Sept. 20-23 in Sacramento, CA.! Click here to register today: Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at AAEC News
Kudos to friend of the AAEC Mike Peterson, who is moving his long-running blog Comic Strip of the Day to The Daily Cartoonist. Mike, who might be the hardest working semi-retired journalist in show business, makes a great addition to the revamped web site, and will no doubt find a larger audience with the new platform. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at AAEC News
A big congrats to editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel, of the Knoxville News Sentinel, who was recently inducted into the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame! Daniel, a longtime AAEC member, produced 15,000 cartoons during a 55-year career. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at AAEC News
So much newsing! Here are just a few drinks that we caught in our cup from the firehose that was Donald J. Trump this week: Friend of the AAEC Rod Emmerson found his "Trump Trophy" cartoon go viral worldwide. Barry Blitt talks about his latest New Yorker cover and how he SEES TRUMP EVERYWHERE. Bill Bramhall's cartoon goes viral and A1 on the New York Daily News. Rob Rogers has the best week ever as his Spiked cartoon show opens across from the White House. To be continued.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at AAEC News
Turn on your radios! NPR is dedicating an entire hour to editorial cartoonists during the 11am (EST) hour of @1a. Rob Rogers, Ann Telnaes, Pat Bagley and Scott Stantis are LIVE now! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at AAEC News
The National Press Club has just added an evening with Rob Rogers this Thursday, July 19, 6-8pm. Tickets are free so you know they're going to go fast. "Rogers will be talking with Ann Telnaes, award-winning cartoonist at the Washington Post. Join us 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the NPC’s Bloomberg Room. Tickets are required to attend; RSVP using the link above. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session. Both Rogers and Telnaes will be signing copies of their books, which will be available for purchase. This event is being hosted by the National Press Club... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at AAEC News