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2019 AAEC
Annual Convention

September 26-29, 2019
Columbus, OH

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Running Awry


Mike Keefe

Mike Keefe was the editorial cartoonist for The Denver Post from1975 through 2011. HIs work is still available through syndication. His cartoons have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Business Week, US News and World Report, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post; and in over 500 newspapers across the country.

He won top awards in The Fischetti editorial cartoon competition (1991, 2001,2007,2011), the National Headliners Club (1986), the Society of Professional Journalists (1986) and National Press Association's Berryman Award (2010).  He was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and is past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He was a juror for the 1997 and 1998 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism. He won the Pulitzer himself in 2011.

Keefe has numerous animation credits.  His "Talking Heads" animated caricatures were a weekly feature of “InToon with the News” on America Online for a number of years.  His animated editorial cartoons were syndicated nationally by Newsweek Broadcasting's Cartoon-a-Torial and were a part of dePIXion studios' Penpoint package.  His film, “A.M” was a part of the International Animation Festival in Denver.  "The Life and Times of Ralph and Louie," produced by dePIXion studios and animated by Keefe, was a bimonthly feature of Launch, a CD-ROM Magazine.

Keefe is the author of Running Awry, McGraw Hill 1979; Keefe-Kebab, The Denver Post Corporation, 1984; and The 10 Speed Commandments, Doubleday, 1987. He was co-creator with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Tim Menees, of the comic strips Cooper and Iota.

Keefe, is a former US Marine, college math teacher, and for a short time, (before Frank Shorter's heat), the state masters record holder in the indoor mile.  He plays guitar and harp for the oldies band, Falling Rock.  Keefe has two grown children and lives with his wife in downtown Denver. He has no known allergies.


Major Awards
Fischetti Award, 2011
Pulitzer Prize, 2011 - View Winning Cartoons
National Press Foundation - Berryman Award, 2009
Fischetti Award, 2007
Fischetti Award, 1991
Sigma Delta Chi Award, 1986
National Headliner Award, 1986
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Description of Presentation: Slide show of cartoons from a left of center perspective, discussion of current events, question and answer session.
Length of Presentation: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Availability: Whenever
Terms: Negotiable
Setup Needs: Computer Projector
Other Requirements: Good food or, failing that, a good cause.
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