Annual Convention

Annual Convention October 3-6

The AAEC and Association of Canadian Cartoonists will be teaming up with the Université du Québec à Montréal for a 3-day celebration political cartoonists, October 3-6, 2024.

Online registration coming soon!

Brodner wins 2024 Herblock Prize; Molina named finalist

A huge congratulation to Steve Brodner — this year’s winner of the Herblock Prize, the premiere award for editorial cartooning. Brodner is a relentless illustrator of political and social commentary whose work appears regularly in The Nation, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and other publications including Judges for this […]

Mike Thompson’s Big Adventure

Mike Thompson has had a tumultuous 2023. A year after he was unceremoniously sacked from his long-time gig at USA Today by new owners Gatehouse— er, that is, Gannett — Thompson was the winner of a nationwide search to follow up the stellar Steve Sack at the storied Minneapolis Star Tribune. This was a […]

Keeping R.C. Harvey’s Legacy Alive

Cartoonist and comics historian R.C. Harvey was a prolific writer, and left behind a treasure trove of material. The following was posted by Bob’s friend Jeremy Lambros over on facebook, and we’re passing along his requests: “We have lost one of the most unique and lively voices in comics and cartooning. R.C. Harvey passed away […]

Some paper writes about the travails of cartoonists on Facebook

Some newspaper wrote about Facebook‘s failure to understand irony, and how that is threatening the livelihood of editorial cartoonists. While the most of the article is about Matt Bors and The Nib, cartoonists Adam Zyglis, Ed Hall are interviewed as well. Here’s the article: For Political Cartoonists, the Irony Was That Facebook Didn’t Recognize Irony As Facebook has become more active at […]

College satire show looking for contributors

Student cartoonist Alexandra Bowman has put out an open call for contributors to a comedy webshow out of Georgetown University. “Are you a college student interested in working in political satire, video production, and/or comedy writing? The Hilltop Show is in urgent need of writers, video editors, on-camera actors, and researchers. “The political comedy webseries, […]

Cincy Enquirer hires Kevin Necessary

Some good news this week—On Friday afternoon Ohio cartoonist Kevin Necessary announced he had been hired by the Cincinnati Enquirer: “I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity over the last several years to create local editorial cartoons in #Cincinnati. This city was lucky to have Jim Borgman. I’m going to try to honor his legacy with […]

Rex Babin Award nominee #33 — Sage Stossel

Sage Stossel is a long-time contributing editor for The Atlantic, where she also produces cartoons addressing national stories of the moment. Outside of her day job, she draws cartoons about life in Boston and addresses local issues she cares about. "In two cases I was told the cartoons themselves have become instrumental in furthering a […]

A Statement from the AAEC Board on Rob Rogers and the Post-Gazette

The longtime cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has gone missing. Actually, we know exactly where Rob Rogers is—at his desk creating the excellent award-winning editorial cartoons he is famous for. But it’s those cartoons that have been missing for over a week from the Post-Gazette editorial pages, though we know Rob is drawing them because […]

Sunday reading #1: Who was Homer Davenport?

On heels of the announcement of the return of The Davenport International Cartoon Contest, R.C. Harvey takes a look at a recent book on the seminal political cartoonist. Here's his review:   DAVENPORT is one of the great names in American editorial cartooning, but almost nothing has been written about him—nothing, at least, approaching the scholarship […]

Two contests to kick off February

We got two, count 'em, two announcements to kick off February: #1 The 2018 Locher Award is now open for submissions, with an extended deadline this year of JUNE 15. The John Locher Memorial Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, who draw on political and social topics. Complete details here: (Also, […]

An Experience of the AAEC Convention

In mid September I attended the 56th annual convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in Washington D.C. It was an enjoyable event and I managed to meet many cartoonists whose work I deeply admire. Two years ago I had attended an AAEC convention in Portland, Oregon, and had a good time. This year it seemed very appropriate for the convention to take place in our capitol as it is an election year. It was my first time in Washington D.C. and I had time to visit the great monuments and talk to other political cartoonists from across the country.

Thanksgiving briefs

A number of cartoonists have something to be thankful for: Ted Rall a new book, Robert Ariail a new gig, Dick Locher a new sculpture, David Brown a show in Brazil, and more! Read on…

Awards & Summer Briefs

As Ted Rall mentioned in his introduction to the Ink Bottle Award presentation, this year’s recipient may have possibily saved the AAEC. After our original convention sponsor, the Seattle P-I, closed early in 2009, and other corporate sponsors proved to be less than forthcoming, Ted went to this individual with his concerns that to not […]

The Future of the AAEC

By V. Cullum Rogers, from notes taken by Ted Rall, Melinda Condon and JP Trostle A two-hour discussion of “The Future of the AAEC” was held in Seattle on July 4, 2009, just before the annual meeting. It was led by Ted Rall, Paul Fell and Milt Priggee, with many comments from the audience and […]

Endowment honoring Corky Trinidad seeks funding

By Belinda A. Aquino Today, the late Corky Trinidad would have reached the age of 70, and as far as we know, he never missed a deadline. Family, friends, colleagues and admirers have chosen this day to begin a campaign to memorialize Corky’s artistic and professional legacy. The “Friends of Corky” initiative aims to establish […]

Briefly Put

In April, The Ohio State University received a gift of $1 million from Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, to support the renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of the new Cartoon Library and Museum. Along with her generous gift, Mrs. Schulz issued a challenge: She will provide an additional […]

Where to next?

As our current model collapses around us — whether it is a business model, employer model or, in the case of the AAEC, convention sponsor model — the debate on what to do next grows louder. While no one’s figured out a solution yet, at least we’re talking about it. Here are two recent discussions, […]

Founding Member Jim Lange, 82

Jim Lange, who for 58 years contributed cartoons to the editorial page of The Oklahoman, and was one of the founding members of the AAEC, died on April 16. Lange, 82, retired in October after a prodigious career for the daily newspaper in his adopted hometown. From 1950, when he joined The Oklahoman at the […]

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Cartoons in Education

Every two weeks throughout the year, The Learning Forum and the AAEC offers CARTOONS FOR THE CLASSROOM, a free lesson resource for teachers discussing current events.  Visit for more lesson plans.