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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey talks Sears, battleships, editorial cartooning and surviving disruption. https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/2018/10/17/marshall-ramsey-lesson-survival-sears-battle-stay-afloat/1672465002/ Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at AAEC News
Nuthin' like a deadline to get you motivated, right? http://folioweekly.com/stories/worth-a-thousand-words,20677 Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at AAEC News
Georgia editorial cartoonist @AUG_RickMcKee talks about growing up in Mexico Beach, the devastation of #HurricaneMicheal, and how you can help people in the Panhandle struggling in the aftermath. https://www.augustachronicle.com/opinion/20181016/editorial-losing-your-place Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at AAEC News
Long before he was a popular web cartoonist (and go-to illustrator for numerous game companies), John Kovalic was an editorial cartoonist at a daily newspaper. He was an integral part of the AAEC in the 1990s and helped them get online during the early days of the internet, and was the publisher of "Attack of the Political Cartoonists" in 2004. For the past 20 years he has been creating the popular comic strip "Dork Tower," with his unique take on geek culture, pop culture and, yes, occasionally politics. Kovalic recently kicked off a Kickstarter to underwrite a collection of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at AAEC News
The Washington Post looks at how Banksy's self-shredding art blew up into a world-wide meme over the weekend. Michael Cavna talks to political artist JP Trostle [full disclosure: that's me] about why "Girl with a Balloon" became an instant trope for cartoonists and the internet. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/10/09/banksys-stunt-has-become-meme-everything-people-think-has-been-shredded-like-constitution/?utm_term=.f862afdd4359 Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at AAEC News
In Washington DC? Get to the Library of Congress ASAP! "Drawn to Purpose" closes on Oct. 20. This exhibit of all-women illustrators includes work by AAEC members Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson and Jen Sorensen, among many other talented artists. For complete details on the show, got to https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/drawn-to-purpose/about-this-exhibition/ Also, you have just 4 days left to catch the Rex Babin retrospective at the California Museum. "Drawing Caleeforneeya: The Political Cartoons of Rex Babin" closes on October 14. http://www.californiamuseum.org/rex-babin Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at AAEC News
*tap tap* — Is this thing on? TODAY, FRIDAY OCT. 5, IS THE DEADLINE TO ENTER YOUR EDITORIAL CARTOONS FOR THE BERRYMAN AWARD. THANK YOU! https://nationalpress.org/awards/clifford-k-james-t-berryman-award-for-editorial-cartoons/?a=4950 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at AAEC News
Are you in India? Like cartoons? Stop by an see a new exhibit on Philadelphia cartoonist Signe Wilkinson @SigneWilk. If halfway around the world is too far to go for a show, you can at least read about it here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at AAEC News
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The last two years have seen a number of cartoonists turn their attention to politics (gee, we wonder why?). Two comic book artists, Pia Guerra and Mike Norton, are now doing regular editorial work, and both have books collecting their first wave of Trump cartoons. Norton's weekly web comic "Lil Donnie" is now in one volume, released last August, and Guerra's editorial cartoons will be available this month in the collection "Me the People." CBR.com talked to both cartoonists about their 'radicalization' and, what else, drawing Trump. https://www.cbr.com/interview-pia-guerra-mike-norton-donald-trump-political-cartoon/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at AAEC News
A cartoon by Chris Britt on the Kavanaugh hearing had generated outrage from conservatives, right-wing media personalities and numerous death threats — driving the cartoonist off of social media. The cartoon, which picked up on the Brett Kavanaugh's mention of his daughter praying for the nominee's attempted-rape accuser Christine Ford, ran on Friday, the day after the hearing, but didn't go viral until Fox News pick up the story from several right-wing websites. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/10/01/fox-news-slams-far-left-chris-britt-cartoon/ The State-Journal Register talked to the cartoonist about the backlash. The cartoon appeared online and through his syndicate, but not in his usual paper, the Illinois... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at AAEC News
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The AAEC had two big weekends in a row, first in Sacramento for their annual convention, and then at CXC in Columbus, Ohio, (which is fast becoming one of the best comics art festivals in the country). Several reports came out in the wake of the Sacramento confab: • Graphic novelist Brian Fies ("A Fire Story") was a guest speaker at this year's gathering, and files his thoughts on the annual confab. • Canadian cartoonist Graeme MacKay sends his a detailed missive back from south of the border on this year's gathering of political cartoonists in Sacramento • Finally, cartoonist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at AAEC News
—or— WHY ARE WE STILL TALKING ABOUT THIS? AGAIN?? Michael Cavna at Comic Riffs talks to Ann Telnaes Signe Wilkinson, KAL and Mike Ramirez about comparing two supreme court nominee hearings a generation apart. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2018/09/24/im-very-angry-that-is-this-is-happening-again-cartoonists-compare-drawing-for-kavanaugh-and-thomas-hearings/?utm_term=.da7032cb07f2 Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at AAEC News
The Daily Cartoonist looks at another cartoonist roiled in controversy — this time it's by Robert Ariail on dating in the time of #MeToo. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2018/09/27/robert-ariails-metoo-cartoon-draws-anger/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at AAEC News
It is not unusual for an editor to fold and apologize for a cartoon that has offended readers; it is more rare for the cartoonist to agree and pull the cartoon. Earlier this week, Gary Varvel published a cartoon in the IndyStar criticizing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the lead up to her testimony at Brett Kavanaugh's hearing for a seat on the Supreme Court. Whatever Varvel's intent, it misfired — badly. The backlash was immediate and widespread, and by the next day the editor posted the following apology: https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2018/09/24/indystar-gary-varvel-christine-ford-cartoon-editor-response/1410020002/ Varvel offered a mea culpa and pulled the cartoon from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at AAEC News
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Love cartoons? Like meeting cartoonists? In Ohio? Head to CXC — Cartoon Crossroads Columbus— this weekend in Columbus, Ohio! Join the AAEC for two panels on "Cartooning In The Time Of Trump" with Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson, Nate Beeler and Rob Rogers on Saturday, Sept. 29. And on Sunday, Sept. 30, there will be a spotlight on prolific comic strip and editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell. Click here for the complete schedule: http://cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com/schedule Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at AAEC News
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Join us this weekend at CXC — Cartoon Crossroads Columbus — the cartoon festival in Columbus, Ohio. The AAEC plans to have an exhibitors table at their Marketplace Expo Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, to increase awareness of our organization among the many other kinds of cartoonists who will be there. We welcome our fellow editorial cartoonists to attend — especially if you couldn't make it to Sacramento last week — and appreciate any help you'd like to give to help staff this table those days. There will be three panels on political cartooning, with Ann Telnaes, Signe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at AAEC News
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SACRAMENTO, CA — Alabama cartoonist JD Crowe is the 2018 recipient of the "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Local Cartooning." The prize was announced Thursday, Sept. 2o, during the opening reception of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists' convention in Sacramento, CA. The reception was held at the California Museum, which is hosting a retrospective of Babin's artwork. Jack Ohman, Babin's long-time friend and successor to his staff position at the Bee, noted "For decades, JD Crowe has been drawing fresh, original, pungent, brutal, and thought-provoking local cartoons. He is universally respected by his peers for his work, and for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at AAEC News
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Or so says the National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/editorial-cartooning-decline-serena-williams-controversy/ This is, what, the 11th or 12th time since 1954 that editorial cartooning has been declared dead? We're like the Doctor Who of cartooning or something. So... if we're dead — LET'S HAVE A WAKE!!! Tonight the 62nd Annual Convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off with a private reception at the California Museum. The 2018 convention, running Sept. 20-22, will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling. Follow our feed @AAEC_Cartoonist with the hashtag #SacAAEC... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at AAEC News
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Signe Wilkinson is as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture, Pat's Philly Cheesesteaks, and running up the steps of the Museum of Art just like Rocky does in the movie. While her work for The Daily News earned her the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning in 1992 — the first woman to win the coveted award — she continues to focus on the corrupt and crazy in a city and a state known for both. Wilkinson notes "[While] Norwegian modesty precludes self promotion, OTHERS say my cartoons contributed to progress on several issues." [Throughout his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at AAEC News
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It's here! The annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off this week in Sacramento, CA. Running from Sept. 20-22, the convention will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling. AAEC President Pat Bagley, and co-hosts Jack Ohman and Scott Burns, welcome the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and special guests from New Zealand to the dumpster fire that is currently America. And the cartoonists from New Zealand are sure to have something to say about the viral firestorm set off by Australian Mark... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at AAEC News
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Mike Thompson is an award-winning cartoonist for the Detroit Free Press who has actually given up national syndication to focus on state and local issues. "Michigan is home to the likes of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, self-proclaimed political expert Ted Nugent and the thuggish John Engler, a former governor who made headlines for his inept leadership of Michigan State University after the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. "Each of the aforementioned individuals is in over their head. I’ve commented on them for years. Power and incompetence is a frightening combination, so there’s a crying need for someone here in Michigan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at AAEC News
Scott Burns is one of our AAEC co-hosts on the ground in Sacramento, and has the following transportation advice for getting around town during the convention. This is the guide that will be in the welcome packet, but we're posting it here so those cartoonists attending can plan accordingly. You can also download a map of Sac and the final convention schedule at: https://www.japenet.net/single-post/2018/09/18/AAEC-Sacramento-schedule + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + Transportation to the AAEC Venues + + + + + + + + + + +... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at AAEC News
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Like cartoons? Love democracy? In Indianapolis? Here's your chance to see three editorial cartoonists—Gary Varvel, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez— in an evening of "Icons of Political Art," on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. All three will be receiving the "Advancing American Democracy Award" during The Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series. This year's program is part of the Presidential Site's mission to "increase participation in the American system of self-government by sharing the life stories, arts, and culture of an American President." https://bhpsite.org/events/mary-tucker-jasper-speaker-series/ Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at AAEC News
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Pennsylvania is often described as "two liberal enclaves with Alabama in between." [Editor's note: I'm originally from Central PA and can mock my home state.] Enter Tom Stiglich, who provides a conservative take on progressive Philadelphia politics for Media News Group. Stiglich, whose national work is carried by Creators Syndicate, still relishes taking on such local topics as corrupt Philly DA Seth Williams, or controversial ex-Mayor Frank Rizzo. [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at AAEC News
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Sage Stossel is a long-time contributing editor for The Atlantic, where she also produces cartoons addressing national stories of the moment. Outside of her day job, she draws cartoons about life in Boston and addresses local issues she cares about. "In two cases I was told the cartoons themselves have become instrumental in furthering a cause: Children’s Hospital researchers told me they’ve been sharing my cartoon to attract new autism study participants, and the director of the Comics Festival says he’s been bringing my cartoon to meetings to help convey the value of the event in his effort to secure... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at AAEC News