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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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  • Statement from AAEC Board

    Long-time AAEC members Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki are currently showing their cartoons in an exhibition at Cornell University, where they have come under attack from conservative and liberal critics on campus and off-campus. Some have complained about the use of certain symbols, such as swastikas and Confederate flags. Others have implied rape imagery. Still others note that the cartoons solely attack the GOP. Political cartoons employ imagery to make a point. Sometimes the meaning of the imagery is clear, sometime it is more ambiguous. But to willfully project an unintended meaning to a cartoon is offensive to the artist and the free expression of ideas. In the case of Mr. Huck and Mr. Konopacki, there is absolutely nothing in the use of their imagery that is anything other than within the finest traditions of American editorial cartooning. Mr. Huck and Mr. Konopacki are owed the full exposition of their work at Cornell, attendees of the exhibition deserve to see all of their work with no censorship, and the AAEC Board urges Cornell to be mindful that a university is a marketplace of ideas, and not a place for censorship or fear. The AAEC Board of Directors strongly supports Mr. Huck and Mr. Konopacki.  read more
    Published: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 09:05 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • Cartooning after Charlie Hebdo

    A panel of American political cartoonists confront a new reality after the terrorist attack in Paris, with an in depth discussion of free speech, cultural sensitivity, and publishing for a global audience. "Free Speech or Hate Speech: Drawing the Line After Charlie Hebdo" was held in September 2015 at the annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Columbus, Ohio, and is provided courtesy of the Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State. View it here: https://vimeo.com/141021943  read more
    Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015 08:46 PM  |  Author: AAEC
  • 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

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  • Rob Rogers wins this year’s Berryman Award

    A big congratulations to a well deserving editorial cartoonist, Rob Rogers of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, for being awarded this year’s Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. From the Post-Gazette: The winning portfolio included cartoons about police facing cellphone video cameras, the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, the campaign between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders for […]  read more
    Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Kentucky Governor-elect opposes Syrian refugees. And Joel Pett

    Kentucky Governor-elect Matt Bevin has come out opposed to resettlement of Syrian refugees in his state. In response Lexington Herald-Leader editorial cartoonist Joel Pett ran a cartoon depicting Bevin as scared of his own adopted children from Ethiopia. Bevin stated the following in response: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words,” Bevin said […]  read more
    Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Bob Englehart takes buy-out

    Bob Englehart, who has been at the Hartford current for newrly 35 years, has announced he’s taken a buyout and his last catoon will run on Thanksgiving Day. He post the following on Facebook. The rumors are true. I’m taking the buyout from the Hartford Courant. I’ve read the tea leaves and consulted smarter people […]  read more
    Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari sent to prison

    From the New York Times: Hadi Heidari, a cartoonist at the Shahrvand newspaper, was arrested on Monday and sent to Tehran’s Evin prison, his lawyer told Reuters in a telephone interview from Tehran. “He was convicted two years ago for his cartoons and was sentenced to one year in jail. The authorities had a different […]  read more
    Published: Thu, Nov 19, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner
  • Video: How to draw Donald Trump by David Fitzsimmons

    Funny (and instructional) video from Arizona Daily Star’s David Fitzsimmons on how to draw Donald Trump.  read more
    Published: Tue, Nov 3, 2015   |  Author: Alan Gardner

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