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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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There are two — count them, two! — auctions of original cartoon art going on this week, and in both cases the proceeds go to good causes. First up, an online auction benefiting the "Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press." The auction closes Tuesday, May 7. Click here for complete details: https://one.bidpal.net/rcfpawards19/browse/all The RCFP provides pro boon legal representation, amicus curiae support, and other legal resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists. For more information on this organization, go to www.RCFP.org. Next is a fund raiser for "Press Forward." Online bidding ends the day... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at AAEC News
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The AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award is accepting submission from young cartoonists beginning today, May 1st, 2019. Click here for complete details. The Locher Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. Single panel, multi-panel, and animated editorial cartoons and comics will be accepted. Both students and non-students are eligible to submit. The prestigious award includes a $1,000 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Unlike many awards, there is no application fee. The AAEC/John Locher... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at AAEC News
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A big congrats to Rob Rogers for winning this year's Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning from Society of Professional Journalism. (Rob won in the category Newspaper *cough*cough* Circulation of 100,001+). Also, kudos to Angelo Lopez , of Philippines Today, who won for editorial cartooning (Newspaper Cir. < 100,000/Regional Magazine/ Non-Daily Publication). This is 2nd SPJ Award for Angelo, who won in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at AAEC News
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Rob Rogers is the top hat at this year's National Headliner Awards, winning for editorial cartooning. The judges said: "This collection of cartoons gets high marks for originality, diversity of topics, quality of artwork and clarity of message." Congrats too to Second Place winner Ward Sutton, and Michael P. Ramirez, who took Third. The National Headliner Awards are presented annually by the Press Club of Atlantic City and recognize journalistic merit in all media across the country. #editorialcartoon #politics Finally, a hat tip to friend of the AAEC Michael Cavna whose Comics Riff took 2nd Place for Best Blog. Cavna... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at AAEC News
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A new exhibit on freedom of speech opens Saturday, April 20, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. "Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment" runs until October 20, and be part of this year's CXC Festival in Columbus, OH. The exhibit, with work from over 70 cartoonists, was curated by Lucy Caswell and Ann Telnaes. “I would like to encourage our visitors to think about the role of the editorial cartoonist to stimulate voters to think about issues that matter to our democracy,” said Lucy Caswell, founding curator at Billy Ireland, talking to Columbus Alive. Caswell co-curated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at AAEC News
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United Sketches has announced a new contest for cartoonists: The 2019 Women Cartoonists International Award It has long been known that the field of cartooning (especially political cartooning) has had a dearth of female artists. The WCIA is exclusively open to women cartoonists. The deadline to enter is August 31. Here's the complete press release: United Sketches Proudly Presents A World Premiere International Cartoon Award Exclusively for Women Cartoonists, a Global Art Movement for Humanity. After some months working on the concept and wonderful exchanges with Ann Telnaes, Marilena Nardi and Anne Derenne, and gathering ideas, United Sketches is honored... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at AAEC News
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A big congratulations to Darrin Bell on winning the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning! The Pulitzer committee cited Bell "For beautiful and daring editorial cartoons that took on issues affecting disenfranchised communities, calling out lies, hypocrisy and fraud in the political turmoil surrounding the Trump administration." Bell was the first African-American cartoonist to win the coveted journalism prize. Also, congrats to finalists Ken Fisher, aka Ruben Bolling akak Tom the Dancing Bug — and Rob Rogers, who's unwillingness to back off on criticism of Trump cost him his job in 2018. In an interview with The Washington Post's Michael... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at AAEC News
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Condolences poured in from across North America after word broke that cartoonist Dwane Powell finally succumbed to the cancer he's been battling for years. Dwane died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 14. He and his wife Jan had just celebrated their 48th anniversary a few days before. Close family friend Ann Telnaes posted, "Dwane Powell was what an editorial cartoonist should be—fearless, funny, and passionate about shining a light on injustice. He was also my favorite cartoonist buddy. He will be missed by his readers and colleagues." A remembrance of Dwane ran the next day in his long-time Raleigh... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at AAEC News
Cartoonist Ted Rall is one step closer to getting his day in court: the California Supreme Court has granted his Petition for Review in his anti-SLAPP lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times. Rall had been attempting to sue the newspaper for wrongful dismissal and defamation, after he was fired as a contributor by the newspaper in 2015. The media conglomerate has since tied up the freelance cartoonist in court with a provision designed to help individuals fight large corporations — the exact opposite of the statutes intent. The AAEC was one of seven organizations that filed Friend of the Court... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at AAEC News
A bit of good news for a change: Cartoonist Steve Benson has landed at the Arizona Mirror, a relatively new nonprofit news site. Benson (who was summarily laid off by Gannett in January after some 35-years of award winning work) will draw two cartoons a week for the independent media outlet. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2019 at AAEC News
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On March 28, Facebook summarily deleted a week-old editorial cartoon by PulitzerPrize-winning political cartoonist Clay Bennett, and then warned him his complaint about the deletion had violated the site's community standards & deleted that. Bennett's cartoon—shared from Andrews McMeel Syndication's online site GoComics—was swept up in Facebook's hasty effort to remove posts on white nationalism, white supremacy and the KKK. FB apparently made no distinction between those & comments critical of hate groups. Bennett reported that he appealed the removal of his cartoon and received a denial from Facebook in less than 48 hours. Facebook's actions also deleted the hundreds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at AAEC News
Like cartoons? Like cartoonists talking about cartoons? Check out this chat between Eric Garcia and Angelo Lopez, recorded earlier this month in San Jose, CA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiqFQ0eUwh8 Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at AAEC News
This month, the AAEC will be saying goodbye to two people who were key to keeping the association going for almost two decades. Wanda Nicholson has the honor of being the longest serving General Manager in the 60+ years of the association. (Actually we’re not sure that’s an honor, but it was never dull.) Originally at Olson Management in Raleigh, NC, Wanda broke away in 2001 to start her own business and, as she said when she walked out the door, “And I’m taking the cartoonists with me!” For Wanda knew what we didn’t at the time: that in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at AAEC News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The AAEC is happy to announce that it has hired Kelsey Maher as our new Association Manager. Kelsey will be taking over for Wanda Nicholson, who is stepping down at the end of this month. The two are currently working together to transfer everything over to the new office in Sacramento, CA. As of today, March 21, the new address for AAEC Mail is: AAEC PO Box 160314 Sacramento, California 95816 Email will remain the same: editorialcartoonists@gmail.com We're working on getting a phone number set up soon, but if you need to contact either Wanda or Kelsey,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at AAEC News
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A big congratulation to Patrick Chappatte on winning this year's Overseas Press Club of America prize for Cartooning! The [until recently named] Thomas Nast Award is for "Best print, digital or graphic journalism on international affairs." The judges noted: "Patrick Chappatte’s cartoons ... were a model of the form." Chappatte draws for the international edition of The New York Times and sits on the AAEC Board of Directors as its International Advisor. [Ediotr's note: Until the end of last year, the OPCA award was named for Thomas Nast—long considered the father of American editorial cartooning—who was credited with creating the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at AAEC News
Like trenchant political cartoons? Love cartoon books? In the Bay Area? You have two chances this weekend to see Eric Garcia talk about his latest tome "Drawing on Anger." Catch him Saturday 6pm at Mission Comics, and Sunday at The Cartoon Museum at 2pm. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at AAEC News
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: https://www.spreaker.com/user/bob_andelman/1063-clay-jones-political-cartoonist Next, listen to a chat with Canadian cartoonist Graeme MacKay! https://thespec.podbean.com/e/the-message-beware-of-cartoonist/ 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
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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. https://patch.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/fired-post-gazette-cartoonist-rob-rogers-release-book 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. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2019/02/20/a-campaign-to-restore-non-sequitur/ 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: https://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2019/02/16/remember-when-the-charles-brooks-story/ Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at AAEC News