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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Scholastic is launching their annual Art &Writing contests this week — including one for Editorial Cartoons. Co-sponsored by The Herblock Foundation, the contest will award a $1,000 scholarship to three students nationwide. Students may submit single panel drawings with captions, sequential comic art, illustrations, digitally created drawings, or animated films with a political theme or message. Animated shorts must be no longer than 60 seconds. Complete details can be found at http://www.artandwriting.org/. Deadlines vary by region and school district. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at AAEC News
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In Baltimore or Washington DC this weekend? See some of your favorite political cartoonists at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD. Ann Telnaes, Keith Knight, Shannon Wheeler, Matt Wuerker & many more will talking and signing books at this year's @SPXcomics! http://www.smallpressexpo.com Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
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The AAEC announces the Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning SACRAMENTO, CA — The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is proud to establish a new award to honor the life and career of the late political cartoonist Rex Babin. The award will focus on state and local editorial cartoons, an issue near and dear to Babin, and one that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. Babin, the editorial cartoonist for the Albany Times-Union and The Sacramento Bee, passed away in 2012 at age 49 following a long fight with cancer. He was... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at AAEC News
Awards season for editorial cartoonists and journalists runs from October to April, and the annual round of cartoon contests is upon us! First up is the Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons from The National Press Foundation. "The Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons is open to U.S.-based editorial cartoonists for work that exhibits power to influence public opinion, plus good drawing and striking effect. The award and a cash prize of $2,500 will be presented at the NPF Awards Dinner on Feb. 15, 2018. Entries should include editorial cartoons published between... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at AAEC News
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Columnist Steve Stark looks at the origin of the term "gerrymandering" — and guess what? It was coined by a political cartoonist! <ducks> Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at AAEC News
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Editorial cartoonist Steve Breen has taken a turn to comics journalism with his portraits of San Diego's homeless population. Earlier this year, Breen began to sketch the some of the people he encountered near his newspaper’s offices in downtown San Diego, as he learned more about their background and why they wound up on the street. The Pulitzer-winning cartoonist at the San Diego Union Tribune is sharing his portraits of those who are living on the street, with the intent of helping readers see their humanity. Read and watch the whole interview here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at AAEC News
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A British political cartoonist has launched WHIP, a new zine giving female satirical artists the platform they say they can't find elsewhere. "We wanted to highlight and interrogate the endemic exclusion of women from the world of political cartooning through the creation of our own exclusively female publication," said publisher Ella Bucknall. "The reaction to our first issue which was published in July has been incredible. I have had so much support and many amazing cartoonists contacting me because they want to get involved. Although we hope to have a few more established names in our next issue, WHIP does... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at AAEC News
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If you plan on attending this year's Political Cartoon & Satire Festival at Hofstra University, the deadline to reserve your hotel room is fast approaching. • Cutoff date to reserve your hotel room is OCTOBER 1, 2017 • To receive the AAEC group rate discount of $179 per night (plus tax), make your reservation directly with the Long Island hotel. • A deposit equal to one night’s room and tax will be required to complete your reservation. • You may cancel your reservation 48 hours prior to your arrival with no charge. HERE’S HOW! 1) This link takes you directly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at AAEC News
An interview with Malaysia's Zunar, and his fight to keep drawing cartoons in the face of censorship, harassment & police raids. "Zunar was recently forced to move after his old shared office was raided three times and the owner became sick of police turning up. 'Every time they come, they take books. Last year, 1,300 books.'" Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at AAEC News
Think Progress interviews political cartoonist Ben Garrison. After spending years fighting the appropriation of his work by white supremacists, the libertarian and Trump supporter now finds himself a darling of the alt-right. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at AAEC News
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Congratulations to Damian Alexander, this year's recipient of the Locher Award for best aspiring college-age cartoonist. Alexander is a graduate student at Boston's Simmons College. His illustrations highlight personal experiences with social equality, LGBTQ issues, and mental health. Honorable mentions went to to Madeline Witt, James Tsiridis, and Moaz Elemam. You can find links to all recipients work here. Since 1987, the Locher Award has sought out aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual convention... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at AAEC News
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Cartoonist Phil Hands has launched an exhibit of his work at the 1308 Gallery exhibit in UW-Madison’s Union South, in Madison, WI. “With this exhibit, not only do I want to share with you some of my artistic missiles aimed at Donald Trump and other politicians, but I also wanted to show you how I draw my cartoons,” Hands said in his artist’s statement. “Tooned In—The Political Art of Phil Hands” runs through Sept. 22. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at AAEC News
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The Cartoonists Rights Network International has announced its call for nominations for its 2017 Annual Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning. Go to www.cartoonistsrights.org for details on how to nominate a cartoonist who has shown exceptional bravery while working under hostile and often threatening conditions. In particular, CRNI would like to hear about cartoonists who have had their freedom of expression rights assaulted. If you have questions about the annual award or the Cartoonists Rights Network, please contact Executive Director Robert Russell at director@cartoonistsrights.org. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at AAEC News
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Ann Telnaes, Washington Post political cartoonist and current AAEC President, will appear on stage Saturday, September 2, at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The event, sponsored by the Library of Congress, will also include appearances by former editorial cartoonist Mike Lester and Roz Chast. Here's the schedule for the graphics stage, with all panels moderated by Comics Riff's Michael Cavna. You can find a preview of the entire festival here. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the annual event this weekend. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at AAEC News
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The Washington Post asks How Soon is Too Soon to make a political comment after a disaster? After posting cartoons on Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, several cartoonists were slammed on social media for their takes. Michael Cavna talks to Matt Wuerker, Rob Rogers, Nate Beeler and Rick McKee about why they drew what they drew in today's Comic Riffs. Although a half-dozen cartoonists commented on the irony of anti-government citizens happy to see the government show up to help, Wuerker's August 29 cartoon for Politico became the target of a posting on Breitbart and national news media. Spurred on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at AAEC News
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Last week, a few Illinois lawmakers made news by accusing an editorial cartoon of being racist. The cartoon, created by Eric Allie for the Illinois Policy Institute website, showed a child representing school children appealing for funds from a man who displays an empty pocket while hiding wads of cash in the other. The cartoon's critics apparently take issue with the fact that the child holding a "Need money 4 school" sign is black. Choosing to draw a dark-skinned child to represent a school system that is 80 percent minority on its face seems like a reasonable choice. But was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at AAEC News
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Houston-based cartoonists Nick Anderson and John Branch both report they are OK following Hurricane Harvey. Anderson even managed to post a cartoon during the storm. While his house escaped the flooding that has inundated Texas, Anderson notes his neighborhood is currently surrounded by water, and the historic storm continues to dump rain on the region. We will continue to update this story as the disaster develops. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at AAEC News
The political fallout continues from Trump's terrible decision to pardon Joe Arpaio. Cartoonist & part-time police officer Steve Benson had some thoughts on the convicted ex-sheriff in this 60 Minutes archive interview. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at AAEC News
30 years after the murder of a political cartoonist, London authorities hope to reopen the unsolved case. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at AAEC News
iMediaEthics followed up on last week's walkback by Jeff Koterba of his Navy collision cartoon. Read the whole thing here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at AAEC News
Jeff Koterba, staff cartoonist for the Omaha World-Herald, has apologized in a column for an editorial cartoon that ran earlier this week. The cartoon commented on the recent collision of the Navy ship John S. McCain. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at AAEC News
Columbia Law School is hosting a political cartoon & art exhibit on life on death row, now through Nov. 17. "Windows on Death Row" has exhibited in several locations over the past year, and will be on display through this year's AAEC convention in New York. Described as a "collaborative art exhibit by political cartoonists and death-row inmates designed to expand the conversation on capital punishment in the U.S.," the show centers around art created by people awaiting execution, and editorial cartoons challenging the idea of a death penalty. Curator Patrick Chappatte discusses the project in this short video. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at AAEC News
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 Aug 23, 2017 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 Aug 18, 2017 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 Aug 17, 2017 at AAEC News