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Two takes on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, from both ends of the spectrum | Post

June 18, 2018- Two more views of  Rob Rogers’ termination—the first from a rightwing columnist who thinks the media is over-reacting and the outrage is fake: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/06/no_the_firing_of_the_pittsburgh_postgazette_cartoonist_is_not_a_threat_to_free_speech.html A few things to mention: The writer used to work as an editorial page editor for the Investor’s Business Daily who, it should be noted, canned conservative...


Joel Pett interviews Rob Rogers for Cartoonists Rights Network | Post

June 18, 2018- JOEL PETT INTERVIEWS THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE’S ROB ROGERS AND ASKS WHY HE OBJECTS TO HAVING HIS CARTOONS “PRE-FILTERED THROUGH THE SENSIBILITIES OF HUMORLESS CORPORATE LICKSPITTLES WHOSE LIVINGS DEPEND ON NOT ROCKING THE BOAT…OR THE SHIP OF STATE.” JUNE 17, 2018 — from the CRNI website A cartoonist is jailed. Another...


Cartoonist Pedro X. Molina would like to remind Americans what migrants are running from | Post

June 25, 2018-      According to its bylaws, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists represents political cartoonists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Over the years, though, we have had a few members from Cuba and Central America who worked for North American publications and syndicates. One such is Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro...


Rob Rogers celebrates his new independence with a piece in the Nib. | Post

July 4, 2018- Political cartoonist and newly-liberated freelancer Rob Rogers celebrated his independence from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with a long-form comic on The Nib. The piece details his recent firing in graphic detail. https://thenib.com/i-was-fired-for-criticizing-trump. Meanwhile, over at the Washington Post, Michael Cavna interviews Rob and Nib founder Matt Bors about the comic. Good stuff!...


Two profiles for Tuesday | Post

May 29, 2018- Usually it's a bad thing when people get profiled, but not today. Here's a look at Lalo Alcaraz by the Southwestern College Sun after his visit to the campus: http://www.theswcsun.com/cartoonist-lalo-alcaraz-turns-racist-hate-to-smiles/ And here's a fun bit on editorial cartoonist and friend of the AAEC Vishavjit Singh aka @sikhtoons aka Sikh Captain America....


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

June 4, 2018- 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 Rogers roundup | Post

June 11, 2018- Rob Rogers' story went national last week, with interviews by CNN's Jake Tapper and coverage in the Washington Post. Here's the roundup ICYMI CNN  CBS Washington Post Comic Riffs In fact, all the Pennsylvania papers have been weighing in on Rob Roger's battle to keep his job: Philadelphia Inquirer  The Patriot-News ...


Rob Rogers fired: A statement from the Association of American Cartoonists | Post

June 15, 2018- Management of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just demonstrated disdain for their readership and lack of concern about declining circulation by firing their cartoonist of twenty five years, Rob Rogers. Rogers is one of the best in the country and his cartoons have been a wildly popular feature of the Post-Gazette. Readers...


Sunday reading | Post

July 8, 2018- Sometime you just gotta take a break from politics — especially if you're a political cartoonist. So kick back and enjoy this wide-ranging interview with award-winning political cartoonist Jack Ohman about his one true love — fly fishing. A river runs through it starting here.  Then head over to The New...


Positively Orwellian: Israeli cartoonist loses longtime gig for Animal Farm reference. | Post

July 26, 2018- Another cartoon controversy, another cartoonist fired from a steady gig. It's almost like people don't get literary references anymore… Long-time cartoonist for The Jerusalem Report, Avi Katz, lost his freelance job after posting a caricature of Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing Knesset members as the ruling pigs from George Orwell's Animal...


LAST CALL — Final week to submit entries for the Rex Babin Award | Post

August 13, 2018- The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is once again looking for the best in local cartooning. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning," named after the late Sacramento artist, focuses exclusively on state and local commentary, an issue near and dear to Babin during his lifetime. This year's...


Rob Rogers’ cartoons pop-up in a show — across the street from the White House | Post

July 11, 2018- The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is launching a pop-up show of cartoons by Rob Rogers this summer. Conveniently located across from the White House, the Trump-centric exhibit showcases all the cartoons killed by Rogers' former employer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Co-sponsored by the AAEC, Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons...


BREAKING: National Press Club adds an evening with Rob Rogers | Post

July 17, 2018- The National Press Club has just added an evening with Rob Rogers this Thursday, July 19, 6-8pm. Tickets are free so you know they're going to go fast. https://www.press.org/events/banned-pittsburgh-conversation-cartoonist-rob-rogers#tickets "Rogers will be talking with Ann Telnaes, award-winning cartoonist at the Washington Post. Join us 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in...


Start making your plans for the 2018 AAEC Convention! | Post

April 11, 2018- The website the 2018 Association of American Editorial Cartoonist confab is now online, including registration information and a link to the hotel to make your room reservations.  Click here for details: http://aaeccartoonists.org/   AAEC 2018 Annual Convention September 20-23, 2018 Sacramento, California Hosted by Jack Ohman, The Sacramento Bee and...


Clay Bennett talks First Amendment, anger and frustration | Post

April 14, 2018- Pulitzer-Prize winner Clay Bennett returned to his alma mater to talk First Amendment and the peculiar business of being a political cartoonist. The Times Daily covers the highlights of Bennett's talk at UNA:  http://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/bennett-first-amendment-needs-appreciation/article_6d90b20b-ce80-54cf-bf73-df1248f85ae2.html...


Sunday reading #1: Necessary reinvention | Post

April 15, 2018- Reading for your Sunday afternoon #1: Cartoonist Kevin Necessary reinvents himself as a comics journalist, helping to illustrate stories that can't necessarily be photographed. Poynter talks to the artist about his process and his work for a TV news station.   https://www.poynter.org/news/local-tv-station-hired-cartoonist-tell-stories-are-tough-photograph  ...


Sunday reading #2: Marshall Ramsey on his father’s support | Post

April 15, 2018- Reading for your Sunday afternoon #2: "My dad came up to me afterward and said, 'You're the first person I've ever known who knew what they wanted to do at eight-years-old—and did it.' I'll never forget that moment." —Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey remembers a father's support.   https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/2018/04/12/fathers-gift-what-dad-gave-me-when-began-chasing-my-dream/508140002/  ...


Sunday reading #4: A new exhibit on Ding Darling opens in Iowa | Post

April 15, 2018- Reading for your Sunday afternoon #4: A new exhibit on Jay "Ding" Darling looks at one of the most influential cartoonists of the early 20th century. The multiple Pulitzer Prize winner's work had a profound effect on early conservation efforts across the country. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/columnists/daniel-finney/2018/03/24/ding-darling-environment-conservation-wetlands-preservation-duck-stamp-cartoonists-drake-university/437563002/...


This year’s Pulitzer Pick causes an existential crisis — for the Pulitzers | Post

April 19, 2018- The Washington Post's Comics Riffs weighs in on the aftermath of this year's Pulitzer Prize announcement, and talks to a number of cartoonists about the controversial pick for winner. While many were glad to see the venerable award catch up to the rest of the industry and recognize comics journalism,...


On obit cartoons & obstructions | Post

April 20, 2018- Michael Peterson delivers another thoughtful look at editorial cartooning in the time of Trump, focusing on the love/hate relationship cartoonists have with the obligatory obituary cartoon. Peterson also announces he'll be reporting from this weekend's "The State of Satire" symposium in Minneapolis. Check back here for updates http://www.weeklystorybook.com/comic_strip_of_the_daycom/2018/04/pearls-metaphorical-and-otherwise.html...


Cartoonist’s “trial” begins today in Equatorial Guinea | Post

February 27, 2018- [UPDATE: After the trumped up charges were dropped, cartoonist Ramon Esono Ebale was finally been released on March 7. CRNI has the details: https://cartoonistsrights.org/ramon-esono-ebale-released-from-prison/ ]   The AAEC supports cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé during his fraudulent trial by an oppressive Equatorial Guinea government. Here are the particulars of his situation, republished from the...


The State of Our Satirical Union — Day 1 | Post

April 22, 2018- This weekend, cartoonists, humorists, legal scholars and historians gathered to discuss the State of Satire in America 30 years after the landmark Supreme Court case Hustler v Falwell. Mike Peterson has complete coverage of the 2 day event, starting here: http://www.weeklystorybook.com/comic_strip_of_the_daycom/2018/04/satire-conference-opening-night.html...


When an obit cartoon transcends the form | Post

April 22, 2018-  The obit cartoon is not held in high regard by many, including many cartoonists. Often treacly, overtly sentimental, and frequently mocked, they are just as quickly forgotten. Then there's this cartoon by Marshall Ramsey — which quickly went viral after being shared by the Bush family — and touched millions.https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/04/19/barbara-bush-cartoon-marshall-ramsey-column/532844002/...


“Here’s why 2018 is a huge moment in the history of political cartoons.” | Post

May 10, 2018- The Washington Post's Michael Cavna makes the case in Comic Riffs.    FOR MUCH of the history of American editorial cartooning, the standard format has held strong: a bold, single image carrying the entire metaphoric weight of the opinion being expressed. Major mainstream contests have reflected that primacy, including the...


Two stories on friend of the AAEC Martin Rowson | Post

May 4, 2018- We got two stories today about AAEC friend and killer cartoonist Martin Rowson. First up —Fun with death threats! http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/16200356.Brockley_political_cartoonist_talks_about_the_death_threats_he_has_received_over_the_years/   Also, the British cartoonist's graphic novel of "The Communist Manifesto" is now out! Martin Rowson talked about this at last year's AAEC Convention in Long Island, and the long-awaited...


A deep dive into The State of Our Satirical Union | Post

April 23, 2018- Mike Csotd Peterson continues his deep dive into the panels & topics of The State of Our Satirical Union, held this past weekend in Minneapolis. Using the 30th Anniversary of Hustler v Falwell as a launch pad, the symposium tackled new attacks on satire and the First Amendment.  http://www.weeklystorybook.com/comic_strip_of_the_daycom/...


Lalo on Coco, diversity & appropriation | Post

April 24, 2018- Cartoonist and recent Academy Award winner Lalo Alcaraz held court over the weekend at SD Comic Fest '18 to discuss his political cartoons in the time of Trump, and his efforts to keep Pixar's Coco as authentic as possible. http://www.comicsbeat.com/sd-comic-fest-18-cartoonist-lalo-alcaraz-on-how-he-didnt-want-disneys-coco-to-be-the-aladdin-of-mexicans-and-more/   Lalo also sat in on a panel at the Comic...


U of VA to be Pat Oliphant’s forever home | Post

May 2, 2018- Pat Oliphant,one of the most influential political cartoonists of the 20th century, has donated his papers to the University of Virginia, an archive that includes correspondence, original artwork, sketchbooks & sculptures.    https://augustafreepress.com/famed-political-cartoonists-archives-arrive-at-uva/     UPDATE: Radio IQ talks to Pat Oliphant about the recent donation of his papers to...


When an editorial cartoonist and H.L. Mencken joined forces to fight lynching | Post

May 3, 2018- While Maryland was considered part of the north, and fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War, it is still south of the Mason-Dixon line, and African-Americans living there were lynched into the 1930s. In 1931, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Edmund Duffy joined with H.L. Mencken in a...


On Banksy and cartoonists and memes | Post

October 10, 2018- The Washington Post looks at how Banksy's self-shredding art blew up into a world-wide meme over the weekend. Michael Cavna talks to political artist JP Trostle [full disclosure: that's me] about why "Girl with a Balloon" became an instant trope for cartoonists and the internet. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/10/09/banksys-stunt-has-become-meme-everything-people-think-has-been-shredded-like-constitution/?utm_term=.f862afdd4359    ...


Rall vs LA Times: Update | Post

January 21, 2019- Last week, cartoonist Ted Rall vows to take his fight against the LA Times to the (state) Supreme Court after an Appeals court hands him a setback: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-ted-rall-latimes-defamation-case-20190117-story.html Rall is having to battle a two-pronged attack from the until-recently TRONC owned paper. The media giant hit the freelancer with an...


Cartoonist Pat Bagley lambasts Gannett for short-sighted and cruel staff cut  | Post

January 24, 2019- by Pat Bagley, Immediate Past President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists   Bullet, meet metatarsal.  The Gannett newspaper chain just shot itself in the foot. Steve Benson, a 37-year veteran of The Arizona Republic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, was let go yesterday. He was...


A curious artifact from cartooning’s past | Post

January 28, 2019- For several decades before television was ubiquitous, politicians in some parts of the country would often hire their supposed nemesis—editorial cartoonists—to draw them in paid political ads in the local newspaper A new article takes a look back at the forgotten practice: https://news.uark.edu/articles/45925/historical-quarterly-article-examines-lost-practice-of-paid-cartoon-advertising-in-arkansas-politics  ...


After the layoffs, part II: Co-workers & local media recall cartoonist Charlie Daniel | Post

January 28, 2019- In the wake of sudden staff cuts at several Gannett papers last week, friends and co-workers of Charlie Daniel explained in no uncertain terms why he will be missed. (1) His long-time daily paper, the News Sentinel, takes a brief look back at Daniel's 60-year career. In March, the News...


Epling on display | Post

January 31, 2019- At a time when newspaper chains are idiotically cutting their popular staff cartoonists (yeah @Gannett, we're looking at you ya dummy), smaller papers still know the draw of having their own cartoonist—like Christopher Epling at the Appalachian News-Express in Kentucky. Epling has an exhibit of his artwork up this month....


Cartoonist Zunar discusses attacks on journalists | Post

October 19, 2018- An in-depth interview with Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar. The outspoken critic was recently cleared of trumped-up charges from an oppressive regime that might've landed him in prison. Zunar, who was also a recent guest of the AAEC at their convention, talks about the attacks on journalists around the globe. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/17/one-on-one-with-zunar-artist-and-free-speech-advocate/...


Non Sequitur takes a hit | Post

February 11, 2019- Wiley Miller scribbles a "shout out" to Donald Trump in the text of a cartoon — and it costs him a paper.   http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20190210/NEWS12/702119999   https://www.philly.com/news/pennsylvania/trump-comic-strip-non-sequitur-pennsylvania-newspaper-butler-eagle-20190211.html   UPDATE: Actually, a great many papers: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2019/02/11/newspapers-are-dropping-non-sequitur-over-trump-transgression/ Also, Wiley Miller appears to have deleted his Twitter account in reaction to all the commenters...


Facebook deletes anti-hate group posts by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist | Post

March 30, 2019- On March 28, Facebook summarily deleted a week-old editorial cartoon by PulitzerPrize-winning political cartoonist Clay Bennett, and then warned him his complaint about the deletion had violated the site's community standards & deleted that. Bennett's cartoon—shared from Andrews McMeel Syndication's online site GoComics—was swept up in Facebook's hasty effort to remove...


The Locher Award is now accepting submissions for 2019 | Post

May 1, 2019- The AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award is accepting submission from young cartoonists beginning today, May 1st, 2019. Click here for complete details. The Locher Award is a contest for aspiring cartoonists, ages 18-25, whose work demonstrates both clear opinions and strong artistry on political and social topics. Single panel, multi-panel, and animated...


Like owning original art? Now you have two chances to add to your collection! | Post

May 1, 2019- There are two — count them, two! — auctions of original cartoon art going on this week, and in both cases the proceeds go to good causes. First up, an online auction benefiting the "Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press." The auction closes Tuesday, May 7. Click here for complete...


When metaphors go wrong | Post

February 18, 2019- Canadian Michael de Adder has apologized for drawing a bound and gagged woman in a recent political cartoon. “Cartoonists sometimes have unanticipated secondary interpretations in cartoons that they don’t intend,” wrote the editorial cartoonist in a series of tweets over the weekend. https://globalnews.ca/news/4970311/halifax-artist-apologizes-cartoon-jody-wilson-raybould/ Several cartoonists had drawn the former justice minister...


“Bring back Non-Sequitur” says a growing chorus of fans | Post

February 20, 2019- Supporters of @TheWileyMiller's Non-Sequitur are fighting back at the strip's sudden cancellation in over 100 newspapers. Fans like comedian @ElayneBoosler feel editors overreacted to a recent "hidden message" that some found offensive. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2019/02/20/a-campaign-to-restore-non-sequitur/ ...


Rob Rogers to launch new book at Pittsburgh exhibit | Post

February 22, 2019- Like political cartoons? Love supporting cartoonists? In Pittsburgh? Rob Rogers releases his new book "Enemy of the People" on March 1st, at the opening of his exhibit "Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers" at Point Park University. https://patch.com/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/fired-post-gazette-cartoonist-rob-rogers-release-book For tickets to the opening, click here....


All apologies — UPDATED | Post

March 1, 2019- Two newspapers apologized for cartoons that ran in their pages this week. In San Diego, the Union-Tribune quickly pulled and apologized for a Steve Breen cartoon about disgraced TV actor Jussie Smollett. As the Washington Post wrote, "A cartoonist added Jussie Smollett to the list of ‘Famous African-American Storytellers.’ The backlash was...


CALL TO ART: 19th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition | Post

March 4, 2019- Attention cartoonists — 19th World Press Freedom International Editorial Cartoon Competition is now open. The theme this year is "OPEN SEASON ON JOURNALISTS." Deadline to enter is April 12, 2019.   Here are the rules and regulations: 1. The theme for the 19th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: Open season...


The AAEC Supports Ted Rall in His Legal Fight with the Los Angeles Times | Post

March 4, 2019- The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has filed a Friend of the Court letter with the California Supreme Court on behalf of editorial cartoonist Ted Rall and his effort to have an anti-SLAPP judgment against him overturned. Rall is seeking to have the ruling set aside so that he may...


Interviews, get your interviews here! | Post

March 8, 2019- First up, Mr. Media interviews Herblock finalist Clay Jones on what it takes to be a political cartoonist these days: https://www.spreaker.com/user/bob_andelman/1063-clay-jones-political-cartoonist   Next, listen to a chat with Canadian cartoonist Graeme MacKay! https://thespec.podbean.com/e/the-message-beware-of-cartoonist/   After that, read the Silicon Angle talks to New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly.    Then, former editorial cartoonist...


Award update | Post

August 15, 2018- Cartoonist Ed Hall needs to make more room on his shelf after winning this year's Sunshine State Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and First Place in two different categories from the Florida Press Association. Congrats too to AAEC member Peter Evans on landing Second Place for Editorial Cartooning in Division C,...


Rex Babin Award nominee #17 — Russell Hodin | Post

September 4, 2018- Russell Hodin is another long-time purveyor of hyperlocal content. He has produced a weekly political cartoon for 26 years for the alt-weekly New Times in San Luis Obispo, known for its local investigative pieces, commentary, and the Shredder, its anonymously-penned editorial. ("The founding editor strongly believed in developing fearless local voices," says Hodin.)...


Rex Babin Award nominee #18 — Shane Johnson | Post

September 5, 2018- Shane Johnson got his start at the Indianapolis Business Journal seven years ago, and told his editor he was only interested in covering local issues. "I have covered then-Governor Mike Pence, mayors and politicians, and things truly important to the people of Indiana — cold beer sales and basketball." [Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed...


 
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