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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Forget the exit polls and screw the pundits. If you want original bespoke commentary on the mid-term elections, check out the following political cartoonists. They will be drawing live, posting throughout the evening as the returns come in, or going on the air to give you their hot take. (We will be adding to this list as more links become available.) Cartoonist Ed Hall will be live-blogging from the crazy state of Florida throughout election day. http://halltoons.com/wordpress1/2018/11/06/live-blogging-today/ Jack Ohman will be appearing on a live stream at sacbee.com from 8-10 PDT. https://www.sacbee.com/ Nightowl Clay Jones will be posting all evening... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at AAEC News
A big congrats to prolific cartoonist Keith Knight — after years of trying to break into Hollywood, one of his strips was recently optioned for a TV series. Based on Knights long-running strip "The K Chronicles," the pilot for "Woke" begins filming shortly. The one-camera sitcom will include both live action and animation. The Hollywood Reporter has the details: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/lamorne-morris-will-play-cartoonist-keith-knight-woke-comedy-hulu-1157193 Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at AAEC News
Ro Rogers has reissued his immigrant shirt with all proceeds to benefit the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. https://cottonbureau.com/products/separator-in-chief Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonists have been in the news lately in more ways than one. Here are a half-dozen interviews with cartoonists from the past week or so: First up, Florida cartoonists Andy Marlette and Dana Summers talk shop on WMFE, in an interview that aired in the run up to a public appearance by the two: https://www.wmfe.org/intersection-the-art-of-the-political-cartoon/92747 Next up, ‪Poynter talks to AAEC member A.F. Branco about how he went from being a conservative to being a Trump supporter. https://www.poynter.org/news/conservative-cartoonist-didnt-trump-now-he-does Steve Breen kept drawing to meet his deadline as he met with students at Point Loma Nazarene University. Here are highlights... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at AAEC News
Dear Colleagues, You’ll soon be receiving your ballot for the upcoming slate of officers and directors for the AAEC, with a recommended change of tenure for the AAEC President to two years (this will not apply to my current term which ends December 1). This change to two years will bring the term of the President and board members into line, and enable them to plan farther ahead and follow through on decisions that affect the association. It will also necessitate some further changes in the structure of the organization in the future, so stay tuned. Due to this potential... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at AAEC News
Michael Cavna talks to Rob Rogers and Randy Bish about their cartoons in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/10/29/pittsburgh-cartoonists-reflect-citys-pain-compassion-after-synagogue-shooting/?utm_term=.b0dfd71836bc Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at AAEC News
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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has hired Steve Kelley as its new full-time editorial cartoonist. Kelley will be joining the staff of the Pennsylvania paper beginning Nov. 4, drawing five cartoons a week. In a brief phone interview, the cartoonist talked about the opportunity. "I'm just thankful to have another gig," said Kelley, who thought he might never have another staff job after being laid off from the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 2012. "I like a newsroom. I like the pulse — that matters to me." Kelley, a rare conservative voice in the editorial cartooning field, follows long-time Pittsburgh cartoonist Rob Rogers.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at AAEC News
An in-depth interview with Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar. The outspoken critic was recently cleared of trumped-up charges from an oppressive regime that might've landed him in prison. Zunar, who was also a recent guest of the AAEC at their convention, talks about the attacks on journalists around the globe. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/17/one-on-one-with-zunar-artist-and-free-speech-advocate/ Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at AAEC News
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 Oct 18, 2018 at AAEC News
Nuthin' like a deadline to get you motivated, right? http://folioweekly.com/stories/worth-a-thousand-words,20677 Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 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 Oct 18, 2018 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 Oct 15, 2018 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