AAEC 2015 Annual Convention, Columbus Ohio
AAEC 2015
Annual Convention
September 3 - 6, 2015
Columbus, Ohio
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
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  • AAEC Calls for Independent Investigation of LAPD's Rall Tape

    The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists board calls for an independent investigation of the Los Angeles Police Department’s tape of former AAEC president and member Ted Rall's jaywalking stop in 2001. An impartial review of the tape of this incident is badly needed in this case. Determining the truth in this matter is important to Mr. Rall's personal and professional reputation, and to the rights of journalists to freely express themselves. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times should have demanded a higher standard of proof in this matter, and it is clear that Mr. Rall is owed a full and complete analysis of the 14 year old tape used to make a judgment about his actions. Should an independent investigation determine that Mr. Rall’s version of the events is accurate, we call upon the Los Angeles Times to publicly apologize, and make restitution. If it is also determined that the Los Angeles Police Department or a member of the police union manipulated the tape, as Mr. Rall alleges, they also owe Mr. Rall an apology and restitution.  read more
    Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015 10:40 AM  |  Author: AAEC
  • AAEC calls for Maine Governor's apology to George Danby

    Maine Gov. Paul Le Page’s recent statement noting that he’d like to shoot Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby is nothing short of absolutely reprehensible. In light of the recent assassination of twelve people, including five cartoonists, at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in France, Gov. LePage’s remarks are beneath contempt. Calling for the shooting of a newspaper cartoonist in this political environment by an elected official is unprecedented, and Gov. LePage sets a new low in political judgment and discourse. Danby himself noted that had he made a similar statement, he’d be arrested. The board of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists condemns Gov. LePage’s vicious, stupid and irresponsible statement. We call upon him to issue a public apology to George Danby.   read more
    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 02:37 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • AAEC Condemns Texas Attack

    The shootings in Texas once again demonstrate that art is provocative, but we must not cower in the face of threats to this profession or to free expression. Political art, be it cartoons, paintings, sculpture, or anything else, is protected speech under the First Amendment. The group that sponsored the “art contest” has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The leader of the group seems to have her own tasteless and ignorant agenda. However, a group's political agenda, whether we agree with its goals or not, is subject to the same constitutional protections we all enjoy. Cartoons are powerful, as has been repeatedly shown in the past few months, and the AAEC condemns this senseless attack.  read more
    Published: Wed, May 6, 2015 09:07 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • AAEC Convention 2015, Columbus, Ohio

    It's time to make plans to come to this year's AAEC Convention in Columbus, Ohio! It will be held Thursday, Sept. 3, through Sunday, Sept. 6, and hosted by the OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Day programming and public sessions will be held at CCAD, with separate events at the Billy Ireland, which will open up its cartooning treasure vault for the convention. There will be a sit-down banquet and awards ceremony Saturday evening. We will update you soon with an outline of the convention schedule.  read more
    Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 04:27 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • Farewell to a former AAEC president

    The AAEC expresses its condolences to the family of Jack Jurden, the longtime editorial cartoonist for The Wilmington News-Journal. Jack died March 19, at age 88. Jack was the president of the AAEC from 1976-77, and was a popular figure for years at the conventions.  read more
    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015 10:15 PM  |  Author: AAEC

Cartoon News, Courtesy Daily Cartoonist

  • Lawyer: Atena Farghadani showing signs of Lymphatic disease

    Artist and activist Atena Farghadani may be showing signs of lymphatic disease according to her attorney. From International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran: The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani has developed signs of lymphatic disease in prison as she awaits her chance to challenge a 12-year prison sentence in the appeals court, according […]  read more
    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Jack Ohman wins Best of the West

    This year’s Best of the West award for editorial cartooning goes to Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee. The award honors those in the Western United States for journalistic excellence and promote freedom of information. Regarding Jack’s work, the judges wrote: “Masterfully conceived and expertly rendered, Jack Ohman’s work reflects a cartoonist at the top […]  read more
    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Human Rights Watch honors Zunar for “asserting freedom of expression in the face of repression”

    From The Malay Mail: Controversial cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, popularly known as Zunar, has been recognised by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) for his fight to uphold freedom of expression. The international non-governmental organisation’s Asia division deputy director Phil Robertson told Malay Mail Online that Zunar will be receiving a cash prize to help him […]  read more
    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Lalo Alcaraz to work on Disney/Pixar Coco feature film

    Great news from Cartoon Brew: Mexican-American political cartoonist and La Cucaracha comic creator Lalo Alcaraz made an announcement on Twitter yesterday: he’s been hired to work on Pixar’s just-announced Day of the Dead feature Coco. Alcaraz did not make clear whether he will work on the upcoming Lee Unkrich-directed film as an outside consultant or […]  read more
    Published: Wed, Aug 19, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • The State hires back Robert Ariail

    The State (Columbia, SC) has rehired full-time its long-time editorial cartoonist Robert Ariail. Robert resigned from the paper in 2009 when his position was cut to part-time. He had been at the paper since 1984. The paper made the announcement in July as part of “an ongoing initiative to strengthen print and digital coverage.” With […]  read more
    Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
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