Annual Convention

Annual Convention October 5-8

The AAEC and Association of Canadian Cartoonists will be joining with the Cartoon Art Museum in San Franscisco for a 3-day celebration of editorial art and political cartoonists, October 5-8, 2023.

Online registration is now open!

After the layoffs, Part I: Co-workers recall cartoonist Steve Benson

In the wake of sudden staff cuts at several Gannett papers last week, friends and co-workers of Steve Benson explained in no uncertain terms why he will be missed.

(1) Karina Bland recalled the caricatures Benson drew for each staffer when they left at the Arizona Republic.

The Steve Benson drawings you never saw and why they meant so much


(2) Fellow Arizona cartoonist David Fitzsimmons laments the loss of a "master samurai"

Fitz: Arizona's finest cartoonist, Steve Benson, bites the dust


(3) Readers, including ex-Gov. Jan Brewer!, blast Benson's layoff

"Penny wise and pound foolish": Readers react to cartoonist Steve Benson's departure


(4) And Comic Riffs reporter Michael Cavna weighs in on what this means for the industry.

Another cartoonist loses his job. This does not bode well for the future of newspaper cartooning.

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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.