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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
Interests: cartoons, politics, humor, newspapears
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For those of you still contemplating coming to the next AAEC confab, here's a sneak peak... This year's Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Convention will be part of the CXC Festival at the end of September. If you've never been to Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, it is an open and free gathering of cartoonists from every spectrum and genre, spread over four days and multiple locations in Columbus, Ohio. The annual AAEC gathering will reflect this loose and sociable setup. Here's our tentative schedule from Sept. 26–29. We officially kick things off Thursday at 5pm with an opening reception for members... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at AAEC News
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The 2019 Locher Memorial Award recipient is Chelsea Saunders Chelsea Saunders is a freelance illustrator residing in New York, whose work focuses primarily on editorial illustration and animation. Her work has been featured on The Nib, Topic.com, and in Current Affairs Magazine. http://locheraward.org/news/2019/7/22/announcing-the-2019-locher-award-winner You can find more of Chelsea’s work at her website, and follow her on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chelsea_saunders/ The judges wrote: “Saunders uses clever formats, strong artistry, and a confident style to tell well-paced stories of crimes suffered by America's minority communities.” The Locher winner will be a guest of the AAEC at its annual convention, part of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at AAEC News
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DURHAM, NC — The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is once again looking for the best in local political cartooning. The Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning, named after the late Sacramento cartoonist, focuses on state and local editorial cartoons, an issue of great importance to Babin during his lifetime. This year's award will be presented at the CXC Festival in Columbus, Ohio at the end of September. "As editorial cartooning everywhere is under fire from The New York Times on down, it is especially important that we honor not just cartoonists who do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2019 at AAEC News
Starting today, July 9, we are exactly one month out from the deadline to reserve your hotel room in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2019 AAEC convention. As you know, this year we're teaming up with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for a four-day gathering in September. All the details so far, as well as links to hotel options, are here: https://aaecconvention.com/ Also, the deadline to register for our convention (and a number of private events) is just under 6 weeks away. As we will be competing with other cartoonist groups for hotel space, reserve... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at AAEC News
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The day after Canadian cartoonist Michael de Adder had a hard-hitting cartoon about Donald Trump go viral online, the newspaper chain in his home province of New Brunswick announced they would be dropping his cartoons from their papers. de Adder, a full-time freelancer, contracts with numerous papers and media outlets across Canada, and often draws up to 10 cartoons a week. Brunswick News later released a statement saying the two events were unrelated. Social media suspected otherwise and, over the weekend, news of de Adder's dismissal also went viral. The Daily Cartoonist began picking up the threads on Saturday, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at AAEC News
Cartoonist Gary Varvel discusses the hits editorial cartoonists have taken recently, and mulls over possible paths forward: https://www.ibj.com/articles/74352-gary-varvel-editorial-cartoonists-are-important-but-disappearing#.XRaMFA64ic0.twitter Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at AAEC News
First Look Media plans to cut The Nib, its daily political cartoon site, loose at the end of July. Matt Bors posted an announcement on Friday night, and vows to continue on: https://mailchi.mp/thenib.com/from-the-editor-the-future-of-the-nib Here's the press release: I have some important news about the future of The Nib and I wanted you to know first. After three and a half years, First Look Media has decided to no longer fund The Nib at the end of July and me and my team will be let go as part of a broader shift at the company. They are, however, working to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at AAEC News
Ten days after the New York Times announced they were kicking political cartoons to the curb, and the controversy they created shows no sign of abating. • The Washington Post's Michael Cavna cataloged the backlash from cartoonists worldwide. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/06/18/cartoonists-draw-their-fury-toward-new-york-times-it-seems-we-have-touched-nerve-here/?utm_term=.17753c0dce26 • The Nation has a great and insightful look at the long history of the Times' distain for cartoonists (This article hits a home run solely for using the word “poltroonery.” The rest is pretty great too.) https://www.thenation.com/article/new-york-times-netanyahu-cartoon-bennet/ • An Israeli paper returns to look at the offending cartoon that set off the series of unfortunate decisions in the first place,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at AAEC News
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Cartoonist Patrick Chappatte has collected the ultimate (and ever-growing) list of links to articles, interviews, columns, commentary, and cartoons on the New York Times' move to kill its political cartoons. As the wave of interest in this story shows no sign of abating, check back often for updates! https://www.chappatte.com/en/end-of-political-cartoons-at-the-nyt-the-response/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at AAEC News
A big congratulations to three AAEC cartoonists for winning this year's Green Eyeshade Award — presented each year by the southern region branch of the Society of Professional Journalists. First Place went to Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press; Second to Alabama Media Group's JD Crowe; and Third Place to freelancer Ed Hall. Congrats all! http://www.greeneyeshade.org/2019-winners/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at AAEC News
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It's been a year since cartoonist Rob Rogers was canned from his paper for refusing to go easy on Trump. This week, in the wake of the epic New York Times blunder, he looks at the industry & says "there is no better time than right now to be a political cartoonist." https://www.pittsburghcurrent.com/rob-rogers-cartoons/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at AAEC News
A hardy band of liberal and conservative cartoonists have joined together to launch COUNTERPOINT, a free weekly email newsletter with original content from some of the best cartoonists working today. The creators behind the project — including Kal Kallaugher, Rob Rogers, and Nick Anderson — quietly began rolling Counterpoint out a few weeks ago. They got a boost this week in the wake of the New York Times blunder when CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted he had signed up for the free pub. Here is their press release: We are pleased to announce the publication of Counterpoint, a revolutionary new approach... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at AAEC News
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On Monday, June 10, cartoonist Patrick Chappatte announced that he was being dropped by the International New York Times—and that the Times was forgoing political cartoons permanently. It kicked off a whirlwind of outrage, anger and subscription cancellations. Here are all the links that are fit to print. [UPDATED: Now with more umbrage!] 1) Patrick Chappatte breaks the news in an impassioned plea that the decision hurts all of journalism: https://www.chappatte.com/en/the-end-of-political-cartoons-at-the-new-york-times/ 2) The New York Times makes it official: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/10/business/international-new-york-times-political-cartoons.html 3) President Kevin Siers and the AAEC Board of Directors quickly denounced the move: http://news.editorialcartoonists.com/aaec/2019/06/this-time-the-failing-new-york-times-really-is-failing-big-time.html 4) The Hill looks at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at AAEC News
Editorial cartoonists across America and the world have consistently, uniformly and vigorously defended the ideal of a free press from the attacks of tyrants, dictators and twittering demagogues. But now cartoonists are united in their outrage as it has become apparent this week that The New York Times has indeed sadly failed. Monday, the Times announced it would no longer publish in-house editorial cartoons in its editions, ending their regular publication of the work of internationally acclaimed cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. This decision comes weeks after the Times was burned by their own editorial negligence in running a syndicated cartoon that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at AAEC News
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GateHouse Media, a chain that owns some 156 newspapers, continued its apparent quest to run them all into the ground. Just before Memorial Day weekend, GateHouse announced the purging of reporters and personnel at two dozen or more papers across the country, including laying off what may be the last three staff cartoonists on their payroll: Nate Beeler at the Columbus Dispatch, Rick McKee at the Augusta Chronicle, and Mark Streeter at the Savannah Morning News. Beeler and McKee posted the news on social media Thursday evening, with word of Streeter's dismissal surfacing later. This was the second round of... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at AAEC News
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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