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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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The Herblock Award has been announced, and a big congrats to cartoonist Matt Davies! Matt is now the first person to win the Herblock twice. Also, congrats to cartoonist Clay Jones, who was this year's finalist. Clay has been killing it this year, sometimes doing two cartoons and a column each day of the week. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at AAEC News
First up, Mr. Media interviews Herblock finalist Clay Jones on what it takes to be a political cartoonist these days: Next, listen to a chat with Canadian cartoonist Graeme MacKay! After that, read the Silicon Angle talks to New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly. Then, former editorial cartoonist David Catrow talks about his transition to a full-time illustrator for children's books, and encourages kids to follow their passion. Finally, Daryl Cagle posts a column about living in the wasteland that op/ed pages have become in recent years, and how few newspaper oases there are for editorial cartoonists. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at AAEC News
The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has filed a Friend of the Court letter with the California Supreme Court on behalf of editorial cartoonist Ted Rall and his effort to have an anti-SLAPP judgment against him overturned. Rall is seeking to have the ruling set aside so that he may continue his lawsuit against the LA Times for wrongful termination and defamation, after he was fired as a contributor by the newspaper in 2015. The media conglomerate has been using a statute, originally designed to protect private citizens from large corporations, to avoid a jury trial and shift their legal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at AAEC News
Attention cartoonists — 19th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition is now open. The theme this year is "OPEN SEASON ON JOURNALISTS." Deadline to enter is April 12, 2019. Here are the rules and regulations: 1. The theme for the 19th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: Open season on journalists 2018 was one of the worst years for the number of journalists killed while doing their work. In the annual report of Reporters Without Borders, 2018 was particularly deadly with 80 journalists killed in the line of duty (+ 8%). After three years of decline, the number of professional... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at AAEC News
Two newspapers apologized for cartoons that ran in their pages this week. In San Diego, the Union-Tribune quickly pulled and apologized for a Steve Breen cartoon about disgraced TV actor Jussie Smollett. As the Washington Post wrote, "A cartoonist added Jussie Smollett to the list of ‘Famous African-American Storytellers.’ The backlash was swift." Both the editor and the staff cartoonist apologized for tone-deaf cartoon and said steps would be taken so something like this wouldn't happen again. Later in the week, the Las Vegas Sun apologized for a syndicated cartoon by Kirk Walters that ran in their paper. A number... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at AAEC News
A lot of you know Don Asmussen — he's attended several west coast AAEC conventions over the years, and his Bad Reporter strip is one of the funniest (and pointed) things out there. Anyway, he's been battling cancer for awhile now, with an update that falls in the not-good column. Now the good news — he's did the cover and cartoons for a friend's book on cancer and humor, which is wrapping up its kickstart campaign THIS WEEK. So drop him a line, and pledge for his buddy's book: And if you want to send good vibes or good insults... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at AAEC News
Like political cartoons? Love supporting cartoonists? In Pittsburgh? Rob Rogers releases his new book "Enemy of the People" on March 1st, at the opening of his exhibit "Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers" at Point Park University. For tickets to the opening, click here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at AAEC News
Supporters of @TheWileyMiller's Non-Sequitur are fighting back at the strip's sudden cancellation in over 100 newspapers. Fans like comedian @ElayneBoosler feel editors overreacted to a recent "hidden message" that some found offensive. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at AAEC News
Charles Brooks had a long career as one of the bigger editorial cartoonists in the country. A former president of the AAEC, he was probably best known (at least among cartoonists) as the creator and editor of "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year," an annual compilation that ran for over 40 years. A reporter at the Star-News stumbled across an old profile of Brooks and brings us this remembrance: Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at AAEC News
Canadian Michael de Adder has apologized for drawing a bound and gagged woman in a recent political cartoon. “Cartoonists sometimes have unanticipated secondary interpretations in cartoons that they don’t intend,” wrote the editorial cartoonist in a series of tweets over the weekend. Several cartoonists had drawn the former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould with her hands tied behind her back and gagged, as a metaphor for her forced legal silence in a public battle with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "The cartoons show the PM using solicitor-client privilege — which the former minister has cited as the reason she can't speak... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at AAEC News
The 24th Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art invites artists to contribute their edgy takes on the concept of the public sphere. The call is for both a competition and a curated exhibition. "Dimensions of Publicness" will run from May 17 to September 30, 2019, in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Click here for more information: + + + + 24th Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art Dimensions of Publicness 17 May – 30 September 2019, Gabrovo The 24th Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art invites artists to contribute their edgy takes on the concept of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonist and professional snark Lee Judge wants you to know what he's been up to since he "retired" — spoiler alert, he didn't really retire. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at AAEC News
Wiley Miller scribbles a "shout out" to Donald Trump in the text of a cartoon — and it costs him a paper. UPDATE: Actually, a great many papers: Also, Wiley Miller appears to have deleted his Twitter account in reaction to all the commenters piling on. UPDATE II: The backlash agains the backlash has begun: Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonist Clay Jones takes editorial cartoonists to task. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at AAEC News
(Ed note: Two decades ago, cartoonists from the AAEC went to Cuba as part of a cultural exchange trip. Here's an opportunity for them to return.) CALL FOR XXI INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC HUMOR CUBA 2019 The Humorist and Cartoonist Guild of the Union of Journalists of Cuba and the Museum of Humor of San Antonio de los Baños, convene the XXI International Biennial of Graphic Humor, to be held from March 31 through April 3, 2019 with the co-sponsorship of the Provincial Direction of Culture of Artemisa. Cuban humorists and historians inspired by the motto "Humans with rights" invite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at AAEC News
At a time when newspaper chains are idiotically cutting their popular staff cartoonists (yeah @Gannett, we're looking at you ya dummy), smaller papers still know the draw of having their own cartoonist—like Christopher Epling at the Appalachian News-Express in Kentucky. Epling has an exhibit of his artwork up this month. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel is praised from the floor of Congress as he prepares to take "early retirement." The Daily cartoonist has the story here. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at AAEC News
Last week Patrick Chappatte was in Davos for the World Economic Forum, where he helped put together a "Cartooning for Peace" exhibit. He wrote, "It was a chance to showcase the work of the Geneva Foundation I co-founded with Plantu, and whose honorary chair was Kofi Annan (that’s a separate entity from the Cartooning for Peace assoication organized around Plantu in Paris). Chappatte added, "In Davos, I seized every opportunity to talk about the plight of some fellow cartoonists like Musa Kart from Turkey and Hani Abbas from Syria. Aside from the exhibit, we had two panels on the subject... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at AAEC News
Michael Peterson's must-read column Comic Strip of the Day was heavy on the editorial cartooning news yesterday, with the blogger's thoughts on recent layoffs, and a backlash against the new Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist. Speaking of, reporter D.D. Degg has been following the controversy over Steve Kelley's recent cartoons. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world of political cartooning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at AAEC News
In the wake of sudden staff cuts at several Gannett papers last week, friends and co-workers of Charlie Daniel explained in no uncertain terms why he will be missed. (1) His long-time daily paper, the News Sentinel, takes a brief look back at Daniel's 60-year career. In March, the News Sentinel will publish a retrospective special section looking back on Daniel’s 60 years of cartooning in Knoxville. News Sentinel cartoonist Charlie Daniel retires at age 89 after 6 decades of 'making us laugh and think' (2) The knoxnews website adds a slide show of 6 decades of images of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at AAEC News
In the wake of sudden staff cuts at several Gannett papers last week, friends and co-workers of Steve Benson explained in no uncertain terms why he will be missed. (1) Karina Bland recalled the caricatures Benson drew for each staffer when they left at the Arizona Republic. The Steve Benson drawings you never saw and why they meant so much (2) Fellow Arizona cartoonist David Fitzsimmons laments the loss of a "master samurai" Fitz: Arizona's finest cartoonist, Steve Benson, bites the dust (3) Readers, including ex-Gov. Jan Brewer!, blast Benson's layoff "Penny wise and pound foolish": Readers react... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at AAEC News
For several decades before television was ubiquitous, politicians in some parts of the country would often hire their supposed nemesis—editorial cartoonists—to draw them in paid political ads in the local newspaper A new article takes a look back at the forgotten practice: Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at AAEC News
by Pat Bagley, Immediate Past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Bullet, meet metatarsal. The Gannett newspaper chain just shot itself in the foot. Steve Benson, a 37-year veteran of The Arizona Republic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, was let go yesterday. He was swept up in a company-wide downsizing by unthinking business school graduates who have no clue what Benson does for them: he draws in readers. He makes them money. (Full disclosure: Steve and I were editorial cartoonists together at the Brigham Young University newspaper The Daily Universe. When Benson went home for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2019 at AAEC News
Cartoonist Liza Donnelly was in DC over the weekend to cover this year's Women's March. Here's her report. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at AAEC News
Last week, cartoonist Ted Rall vows to take his fight against the LA Times to the (state) Supreme Court after an Appeals court hands him a setback: Rall is having to battle a two-pronged attack from the until-recently TRONC owned paper. The media giant hit the freelancer with an anti-SLAPP suit 3 years ago in an effort to crush Rall's original lawsuit. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2019 at AAEC News