The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has five (5) categories of membership for those looking to join. Membership is determined by a majority vote of the AAEC Board of Directors, which is composed of Regular member cartoonists elected annually to the position.
Regular membership is open to professional cartoonists who publish editorial or political cartoons that appear on a regular basis in any regularly updated, recognized forum (including newspapers, magazines, and online news outlets), and are citizens or legal residents of the United States, Canada or Mexico. Regular dues: $150
To be eligible for Retired membership, an editorial cartoonist must be a legal resident or citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico, and must be retired from publishing editorial cartoons that appeared on a regular basis in any regularly updated, recognized forum. Retired dues: $60
Both Regular and Retired members are eligible to vote in membership meetings and in elections, and run for office.
Any citizen or resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico who is not a cartoonist but has a professional interest in the field of editorial cartooning may be eligible for Associate Membership. Associate dues: $150
Any student enrolled at a college or university in the United States, Canada or Mexico who produces editorial cartoons on a regular basis for a regular college newspaper may be eligible for Student membership. Student dues: $50
Any person or cartoonist of any citizenship or nationality outside of North America with a professional interest in editorial cartooning who does not meet the qualifications of Regular or Associate membership, may be eligible for International Associate membership. International Associate dues: $50
Questions? Contact the AAEC at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for membership
Please fill out this membership application and include 3 samples of professionally published cartoons.