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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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Here you go! Here are the deadlines for all the upcoming contests editorial cartoonists may enter. Note: Some contest deadlines and entry fees were not available as of press time. In such cases, the approximate date or month is listed. Always confirm any deadline or entry fee on the appropriate website before submitting. National Newspaper Awards (Canada) Deadline: January 15, 2019 Rules and entry form available online: Open to cartoons appearing in daily Canadian newspapers (or their online editions) in 2018. Entry fee: $40 The Pulitzer Prize Deadline: January 25, 2019 Rules and entry form available online: Awarded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at AAEC News
Happy New Year everyone! Here are the results from the AAEC election: By a near unanimous vote, the membership has agreed to change the bylaw regarding the term of office for President from one year to two, effective immediately. Kevin Siers automatically steps up from President-Elect to President, and will now be the chief executive for 2019 and 2020. Mike Thompson is elected Vice President. Monte Wolverton is retained as Secretary-Treasurer. Ed Hall is elected for a two-year seat on the Board of Directors. Ann Cleaves remains on the board to finish out her second year as a Director. Finally,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at AAEC News
OPC Renames Cartoon Award by Patricia Kranz NEW YORK, December 17, 2018—The OPC Board of Governors has decided to make a change to the OPC’s award for best cartoons on international affairs. Since 1978, the award has been named for Thomas Nast, an influential American cartoonist in the 19th century. However, Nast’s legacy includes cartoons that exhibited an ugly bias against immigrants, the Irish and Catholics. “The Board had a thoughtful and robust conversation regarding the issues brought to light regarding some of Thomas Nast’s editorial cartoons,” said OPC President Pancho Bernasconi. “Once we became aware of how some groups... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at AAEC News
Matt Wuerker has been busy with the outreach. He recently talked to Scholastic's News Kids Press Corps about his work as an editorial cartoonist , and VOA Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at AAEC News
[AAEC President Pat Bagley will be handing over the mantle to Kevin Siers next week. In the meantime, here is his departing letter] Dear Colleagues, First, the good news. The long-awaited redesign of our new website is nearing launch and should be up sometime in January. (Buy Adam Zyglis a beer next time you see him and thank him for his work on getting this done). More good news is our partnership with CXC will free up the AAEC President and Board to attend to matters important to members. The planning and execution of our annual convention is currently an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at AAEC News
Just before Thanksgiving, word came that cartoonist Wayne Stayskal had died. A prolific scribbler, Stayskal was an editorial cartoonist with the Chicago Tribune from 1972 to 1984, and then moved south to Tampa Tribune from 1984 to 2004. He worked on several strips and continued to be syndicated worldwide until he retired in 2010. Conservative commentator Cal Thomas wrote about his long-time friend in his syndicated column, and cartoonist Daryl Cagle recalled Stayskal's contributions in the early days of "He was a great guy, and a rare, funny conservative, with a simple, sketchy, charming style." A strong conservative, devout... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at AAEC News
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. Jack Ohman will be appearing on a live stream at from 8-10 PDT. 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: 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. 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: Next up, ‪Poynter talks to AAEC member A.F. Branco about how he went from being a conservative to being a Trump supporter. 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. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at AAEC News
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. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at AAEC News
Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey talks Sears, battleships, editorial cartooning and surviving disruption. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at AAEC News
Nuthin' like a deadline to get you motivated, right?,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. 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. 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 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. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at AAEC News
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
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." talked to both cartoonists about their 'radicalization' and, what else, drawing Trump. 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. 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
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