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  • First Amendment exhibit opens at Billy Ireland Museum

    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...  read more
    Published: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 01:20 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • New cartooning contest announced

    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...  read more
    Published: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 09:17 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • Darrin Bell wins Pulitzer Prize

    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 aka 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...  read more
    Published: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 08:50 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • Dwane Powell fondly remembered

    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...  read more
    Published: Wed, Apr 17, 2019 06:43 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Ted Rall's Anti-SLAPP Case

    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...  read more
    Published: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 10:34 AM  |  Author: AAEC

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  • Tales From The Reuben: Al Roker, A.C.E.

      Awards are handed out every year at The Reubens Dinner. Most are annual acknowledgements, some are occasional. The ACE Award is on the intermittent schedule. The ACE Award, or Amateur Cartoonist Extraordinary award, is given to a celebrity or notable who aspired at one time to become a cartoonist, but whose path led them […]  read more
    Published: Thu, Apr 18, 2019   |  Author: D. D. Degg
  • Dwane Powell – RIP

    (updated with the family’s loving obituary) Editorial cartoonist Dwane Powell has passed away. Drexal Dwane Powell, Jr. November 7, 1944 – April 14, 2019 Dwane’s papers are at the University of North Carolina, their biographical note: Drexel Dwane Powell Jr., an editorial cartoonist, was born 7 November 1944 in Lake Village, Arkansas. He began drawing […]  read more
    Published: Wed, Apr 17, 2019   |  Author: D. D. Degg
  • The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Darrin Bell

    The Pulitzer Prize organization has announced the 2019 winners.   The 2019 winner in the Editorial Cartooning category is Darrin 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.”     Finalists for the Editorial Cartooning […]  read more
    Published: Mon, Apr 15, 2019   |  Author: D. D. Degg
  • Gary Varvel Returns to Print in Indianapolis

      Earlier this year Gary Varvel accepted the buyout offered by the Indianapolis Star, now he will return to drawing local politics by way of the Indianapolis Business Journal.   IBJ will begin featuring editorial cartoons from award-winning cartoonist Gary Varvel, starting with the April 12 issue. Varvel will contribute a cartoon twice a month […]  read more
    Published: Fri, Apr 12, 2019   |  Author: D. D. Degg
  • Gahan Wilson – Status Update

    Gahan Wilson was interviewed last month. As stepson Paul Winters said then: Gahan was interviewed today for a newspaper piece that will probably go out nationwide. The people on the reporting team were very sweet and sensitive to Gahan. Gahan was on his game…speaking about his life and other things.   The Arizona Republic story […]  read more
    Published: Fri, Apr 12, 2019   |  Author: D. D. Degg

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