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Uncle Sam vs Lady Liberty | Post

July 5, 2022- On the 4th of July, Slate offered a deep dive into the history of two of America’s most popular mascots — Uncle Sam & Lady Liberty — and the ever-shifting use and symbolism of these two seminal icons by cartoonists and propagandists alike. Read all about it here: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/07/uncle-sam-lady-liberty-history-of-national-symbols.html...


More Calls for the Pulitzer Prizes to Restore Cartooning as a Category | Post

June 29, 2022- Another newspaper editor has come out against the Pulitzer Prizes (and Gannett) for their short-sighted decisions regarding editorial cartoons. The Chicago Tribune‘s Dennis Shere criticizes recent moves by the biggest award in journalism and the biggest newspaper chain in the country and says they are not doing themselves — or...


Fitz has Some Thoughts on Opinion Pages — and the Lack Thereof | Post

June 29, 2022- Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons, long of the Arizona Daily Star, derided the recent announcement by Gannett that they were slashing most of their op/ed pages, and dropping all syndicated material — including cartoons. “If the lifeblood of journalism is ink then the opinion page is the beating heart. It’s where emotion,...


The NCS Joins the AAEC in Calling Out the Pulitzer Prizes | Post

June 10, 2022- The National Cartoonist Society has weighed in on the recent controversy over the Pulitzer Prizes with an open letter to the Pulitzer Board in solidarity with editorial cartoonists nationwide: https://www.nationalcartoonists.com/2022/06/ncs-response-to-pulitzer-board-dissolving-editorial-cartooning-division/ “Combining editorial cartooning and illustrated reportage together into one category does a disservice to both genres. To us, the situation...


R.I.P. Ranan Lurie | Post

June 10, 2022- Multiple media outlets are reporting that cartoonist Ranan Lurie has died at the age of 90. The Middle Eastern artist began drawing cartoons at the age of 16 as he recovered from injuries in Israel’s war of independence in 1948, and parlayed an appearance in Life magazine to international syndication....


E&P Takes Aim at the Pulitzer Prizes | Post

June 7, 2022- Editor & Publisher media reporter Rob Tornoe talks to AAEC President Kevin Necessary and comics reporter Susie Cagle, who has been working in the field as a graphic journalist for well over a decade now, about recent controversial changes to the Pulitzer Prizes. Read the whole thing here: https://www.editorandpublisher.com/stories/pulitzer-change-leaves-illustrators-feeling-slighted,229083...


Jake Tapper Weighs in on the Pulitzer Prize for Cartooning | Post

June 7, 2022- A few weeks after the AAEC and three dozen past Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists protested recent changes to the Editorial Cartooning category of journalism’s ‘biggest award’, aspiring cartoonist (and CNN anchor) Jake Tapper has written to the Pulitzer Prize Board encouraging them to rethink their decisions. Here is the...


Gannett Slashes Editorial Pages from Papers — Along with Cartoons | Post

June 3, 2022- Word has trickled down from Gannett (née GatehouseMedia) that, beginning June 1, they will be stripping out the daily editorial/opinion section in the print editions of all their daily papers. Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the country as measured by total daily circulation, announced their Op/Ed pages will now...


Pulitzer Prize Cartoonists Pen Protest Letter to Pulitzer Board | Post

May 20, 2022- [Update: Since this letter was fired off last week, more Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists have signed on to the protest, including 2020 winner Barry Blitt, and Pat Bagley, the longest-employed staff cartoonist at a daily newspaper.] Ten days after the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes wereannounced, 35 cartoonists who have won...


The Billy Ireland opens a timely cartoon exhibit on racism in America | Post

May 18, 2022- The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum presents a new retrospective in cartoons, “STILL: Racism in America,” opening this Saturday, May 21, at 6pm. The exhibit will run May 21 through October 23, and will be open during the AAEC/CXC convention in the fall. https://cartoons.osu.edu/events/opening-reception-still-racism-in-america/ If you can’t make it...


Sack Sacks Sack | Post

April 25, 2022- Over the weekend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune made it official: Steve Sack is retiring after almost 42 years at the paper. The influential and irrepressible Pulitzer Prize winner had told fellow cartoonists earlier in the week he had decided to step down from his long-time staff position to pursue his...


Cartoonist Talks | Post

April 25, 2022- ICYMI — Political cartoonist Angelo Lopez has been posting a series of online discussions with editorial cartoonists. First up, he and Eric Garcia talk about the role of artist activists in helping to create social change, and the importance of political cartoons in critiquing society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgScglqKMpg Then, Lopez chats with...


Exhibit on Ollie Harrington Highlighted with Lecture and Tour on March 5 | Post

March 4, 2022- The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum has been celebrating the life and work of Ollie Harrington with a new retrospective — and this Saturday, March 5, they’re hosting a lecture and tour of the exhibit in Columbus, Ohio. Harrington’s blistering takes on race and civil rights in the mid-20th...


The 2022 World Press Freedom Cartoon Competition is here | Post

February 23, 2022- World Press Freedom Canada has announced the 22nd International Editorial Cartoon Competition. This year’s theme is  “Silence is golden.” “Cancel culture has become a source of our newest cultural cleavage. Whether it be on social media or at live events, ‘cancelling’ someone has become a modern day version of excommunication...


Weekend reads: The Death of Editorial Cartooning, part XLIV | Post

February 19, 2022- Two long-form essays for your consumption: #1: The always fearless Mr. Fish @mrfishcartoons has something to say on the current state of political cartooning. Read all about it here: https://scheerpost.com/2022/02/12/mr-fish-demokracy-and-the-whole-point-of-political-cartooning-and-satire/ #2: ICYMI— Columnist Jim Hightower @JimHightower sounds the alarm, again, on the disappearing editorial cartoonist, and how their media habitat is...


Final week to catch a trio of Tennessee cartooning exhibits | Post

February 18, 2022- An exhibit by recently retired editorial cartoonist Charlie Daniel, along with the original work of other local cartoonists, is on display for one more week in Knoxville. The show is one of three highlighting regional cartoons about Tennessee. “Point of View” closes Feb. 26, 2022. https://www.knoxnews.com/story/shopper-news/south-knox/2022/02/08/knoxville-cartoonists-share-deadline-humor-exhibit-downtown-gallery/6696536001/      ...


CRNI launches the Cartoonists’ Legal Advisory Network | Post

December 8, 2021- Terry Anderson, Executive Director of the Cartoonists Rights Network International, has announced a new initiative to assist cartoonists under legal threat. “With pleasure I write to announce the launch of CRNI’s new Cartoonists’ Legal Advisory Network,” Anderson noted in the Dec. 6 press release. “This initiative is a direct response to...


You might be Adam Zyglis if… | Post

November 11, 2021- Also today in TV news [since newspapers don’t seem to be covering newspaper cartoonists anymore], Buffalo’s WIVB 4 interviews Adam Zyglis on his new book and what the future holds for The Buffalo News’ award-winning political cartoonist. www.wivb.com/news/local-news/buffalo/open-to-the-journey-pulitzer-prize-winning-buffalo-news-cartoonist-discusses-new-book-whats-next-for-career/ Zyglis will be signing new copies of his book “You Might Be...


Bolling wins Berryman | Post

November 3, 2021- Ruben Bolling is this year’s winner of The Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons, the annual award presented by National Press Foundation. The judges cited “Bolling’s mordant wit, superior artwork and inventive delivery,” in his weekly strip Tom the Dancing Bug. “The cartoonist parodies well-known American...


Canadian Postal Service Celebrates Editorial Cartooning | Post

October 4, 2021- Canada Post has announced they will pay tribute to five Canadian political cartoonists with a week-long celebration. https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canada-post-to-pay-tribute-to-five-legendary-editorial-cartoonists-next-week-through-a-special-stamp-issue-883688909.html Stamps by Bruce MacKinnon, Terry “Aislin” Mosher, Serge Chapleau, Brian Gable, and Duncan Macpherson will be issued, with one stamp unveiled each day this week — all leading up to a live online event...


Final Schedule for AAEC Online Convention is Here! | Post

October 4, 2021- The final line up has been announced for this year’s AAEC virtual convention on Oct. 8-9, 2021.  https://editorialcartoonists.com/aaec-zoomfest21/ In addition to the Pulitzer No-Prize panel and a chat with Keith Knight about season 2 of Woke, we’ve added an important discussion on “How to Deal with Legal Challenges to Parody” with...


Lineup Announced for Editorial Cartoonist’s Online Confab | Post

September 24, 2021- The AAEC has announced the preliminary lineup for their virtual convention on Oct. 8-9, 2021.  https://editorialcartoonists.com/aaec-zoomfest21/ All the events on Saturday, Oct. 9, are free and open to the public, including a discussion with this year’s three Pulitzer Prize finalists on the award’s notorious 2021 non-decision, and a conversation with Keith...


The 2021 Locher Award is announced | Post

September 10, 2021- Congratulations to the winner of the 2021 AAEC John Locher Memorial Award, Sam Nakahira! http://locheraward.org/news This year’s panelists said: “Sam’s work contains strong, clear opinions balanced with well-researched facts. Sam uses pop culture touchstones such as books, movies and music to beautifully illustrate and explore the history of American Imperialism, while also...


Mark Fiore Challenges Students to Cartoon About Politics | Post

September 7, 2021- Award-winning animator and editorial cartoonist Mark Fiore is working with station KQED to encourage budding cartoonists in middle and high schools nationwide to take on political issues. Fiore, whose cartoons about California politics appear regularly on the public broadcasting website, teamed up with the San Francisco-based station earlier this year...


FINAL 48 HOURS — Deadline to enter the 2021 Rex Babin Award is Friday, August 27! | Post

August 25, 2021- Hey all — You have two day left to enter the AAEC’s Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning!  We are accepting submissions until midnight PST, Friday, Aug. 27! Click here for complete details to enter: https://www.editorialcartoonists.com/call-for-entries-the-2021-rex-babin-memorial-award-for-excellence-in-local-cartooning/...


Lalo on a roll | Post

August 6, 2021- Lalo Alcaraz has been on a viral roll lately. The Today Show website interviewed the political cartoonist after his visual commentary on Simone Biles and the Olympics took off online: https://www.today.com/news/cartoon-praises-simone-biles-putting-her-mental-health-first-t227265?fbclid=IwAR3JkiXaeoY-w_YAX3G_p7V2fX6FRgoPgDu9-FvMK8lKEVPXfRdy4E6nJ-s   And he went literally viral with a new series of cartoons encouraging his readers to get the vaccine:...


Cartoonists talk authoritarianism | Post

July 29, 2021- Political cartoonists in the AAEC recently joined cartoonists from Nicaragua and the Philippines to discuss the similar threats both countries face from authoritarianism. Filipino-American artist Angelo Lopez, and Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro X. Molina (currently living in the U.S. after receiving political asylum), logged on with Filipino political cartoonists Bern Fabro,...


Zyglis cartoons temporary casualty of the Guild war with Lee UPDATED | Post

July 19, 2021- Editorial cartoons by Adam Zyglis have disappeared from the pages of @TheBuffaloNews after the pulitzer prize winner joined the byline strike by the Buffalo Newspaper Guild against owner Lee Enterprises. Zyglis posted a social media alert, and The Daily Cartoonist has the details: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/07/19/buffalo-news-stops-running-adam-zyglis-cartoons-for-now/ UPDATE: In the wake of the Guild...


Seven Days’ publisher defends cartoonists and the work they do | Post

July 2, 2021- The Vermont alt-weekly Seven Days defended its cartoonists in a column from the publisher this week, and talked to Jen Sorensen, Keith Knight and local contributor Tim Newcomb about the difficult line they often straddle. Seven Days believes so strongly in the importance and power of editorial cartoons, they put out an entire...


CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2021 Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning | Post

July 1, 2021- The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is once again looking for the best in local political cartooning. The Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning, named after the late Sacramento cartoonist, focuses on state and local editorial cartoons, an issue of great importance to Babin during his lifetime....


A lifetime achievement for a pair of Labor cartoonists | Post

June 18, 2021- Cartoonists Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki go out on a high note, with a lifetime achievement award from The Labor Heritage Foundation. After 30+ years of doing editorial cartoons for labor publications, the pair announced they were ending their syndicated cartoon partnership last year. Congrats to both!   http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/06/18/huck-konopacki-honored-with-joe-hill-award/...


Nominations open for the Courage in Cartooning Award | Post

June 15, 2021- Political cartoonists around the world often risk their freedom (and sometimes their lives) just by doing their job. Cartoonists Rights Network International honors these artists each year with the Robert Russell Courage in Cartooning Award. Know of someone? Nominations are now open: https://cartoonistsrights.org/robert-russell-courage-in-cartooning-award-2021-nominations-open “As ever, we are not seeking to recognise...


Counterpoint weighs in on the Pulitzer Prize debacle | Post

June 14, 2021- Counterpoint has released a statement about the failure of the Pulitzer Board to award a Prize to editorial cartoonists in 2021. Counterpoint, founded by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nick Anderson, is a daily email newsletter that includes original content from 16 editorial cartoonists spanning the ideological spectrum from left to right. Three...


CALL FOR ENTRIES: The AAEC Locher Award is now accepting submissions | Post

June 3, 2021- Are you a young cartoonist who draws commentary on social topics? Do you know a young cartoonist who’s doing work with a political tinge? The window is now open to enter the 2021 AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award for editorial cartoons and comics. Single panel, multi-panel, and animated editorial cartoons and...


Live cartoonists talking about cartooning — live! | Post

May 26, 2021- Here are a couple of live discussions about cartoon controversies from this week: First up, Matt Wuerker talks with POLITICO on the history of problematic political cartoons and race — and when a cartoon crosses a line. https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-nightly/2021/05/25/the-shocking-yang-cartoon-in-context-492987   Then, Daryl Cagle joins the editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo and other media outlets...


Campbell goes long-form for COVID comics | Post

May 20, 2021- Cartoonist Tim Campbell has launched a new project: a series of interviews in long-form cartooning to “help readers understand how COVID-19 has affected middle school students by animating their reflections.” The panels can be seen at his local paper the Current:   https://www.youarecurrent.com/2021/05/17/an-illustrated-series-tells-covid-19s-effects-on-the-school-year-from-the-childrens-perspective/...


de Adder wins Canada’s National Newspaper Award | Post

May 13, 2021- A big congrats to Michael de Adder, this year’s National Newspaper Award winner for editorial cartooning. In the wake of his Trump cartoons, de Adder has been racking up the accolades (and job offers) lately. Congrats too to Graeme MacKay, who was nominated for the Canadian journalism award. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/05/07/the-toronto-star-takes-home-two-national-newspaper-awards.html?fbclid=IwAR0vdQSc00Xt7Y_pYAWpiuGt9sSKhqGS5YPhYG_i0bkZmnqV58SKFu9_7CI...


Kal the winner of the 2020 OPC Award | Post

April 7, 2021- Congratulations to cartoonist Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, the 2020 winner of the Award-formerly-known-as-the-Thomas-Nast from the Overseas Press Club of America. This is Kal’s fifth time to win the OPCA prize. Michael Ramirez was cited as the runner-up. https://opcofamerica.org/2020-opc-award-winners/ America’s oldest association dedicated to international news will honor the journalists at an Oct....


Some paper writes about the travails of cartoonists on Facebook | Post

March 19, 2021- 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...


Tom of Tomorrow | Post

March 9, 2021- It is said the best sci-fi is really about today. If so, cartoonist Tom Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins) has been using science fiction to write about the present for a long, long time. The Nation has an interview with the alt-weekly stalwart.   https://www.thenation.com/article/culture/cartoons-tom-tomorrow-perkins/...


National Cartoonist Society celebrates 75 years | Post

March 1, 2021- Happy 75th birthday NCS! The National Cartoonist Society held their first meeting on March 1, 1946. The Daily Cartoonist has a look back: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2021/02/28/a-national-cartoonists-society-diamond-anniversary/ While the NCS and AAEC formed at different times, for different reasons, there has been a lot of cross-pollination over the decades, and many editorial cartoonists are...


Print is Dead Part XXXVI | Post

February 17, 2021- The Washington Post‘s Michael Cavna took a look at the surviving newspapers that still have a staff cartoonist —spoiler alert: the number is now around 25— and asked “what’s with all the white guys?” https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/02/16/political-cartoons-diversity/ The consensus among the many cartoonists the Comic Riffs reporter interviewed is: even if publishers...


Cohen at 15 | Post

January 15, 2021- David Cohen @cohencidents marks 15 years at the Citizen-Times. In a time when squeamish editors are ditching editorial cartoonists because they are ‘too much trouble,’ it’s good to see a local newspaper celebrate their ink-stained wretch. Read his appreciation here.  ...


Relive all the moments you didn’t like the first time! | Post

December 31, 2020- The annual review of the annual cartoons is here — and boy howdy is it a flaming dumpster dive this year. Relive all the moments you’ve already blocked out, starting with Matt Wuerker’s look back at a annus horribilis https://www.politico.com/cartoons/2020/12/28/matt-wuerker-cartoons-best-of-2020-000196?slide=0   Before we sack 2020, check out this stack of 2020...


Online chats in October | Post

October 13, 2020- Several additional cartoonist roundtables are on the schedule this month: 1) Super short notice but — Ann Telnaes just notified us that she’ll be on an online panel tonight, Oct. 13 at 6pm, with Barry Blitt and Pia Guerra as they explore the art of political cartooning with Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday. If you’re able to...


ICYMI—Rewatch the live editorial cartooning panel at CXC | Post

October 5, 2020- “May You Draw in Interesting Times,” the AAEC political cartoon panel at the 2020 CXC Festival, is now on YouTube! The hour-long roundtable with Host Kal Kallaugher, Jen Sorensen, David G. Brown, Eric Garcia, Angelo Lopez and Pat Bagley hits on the, uh, highlights of drawing in this most unusual year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGHCJvqqdyQ...


AAEC at the CXC, coming to you this weekend! | Post

September 28, 2020- The annual CXC Festival arrives this weekend, October 1-4! As with everything else in 2020, the annual cartoonist convention will be virtual, with panels and events streaming live via Zoom and other digital platforms. Everything is free though pre-registration is encouraged for most sessions.* Here is the complete schedule: https://cartooncrossroadscolumbus.org/schedule...


Cartoonist making readers mad, part II | Post

August 26, 2020- ICYMI—A teacher in Texas used a @DWFitzsimmons cartoon about systemic racism during a class lesson, setting off a chain of events that lead to calls the teacher be fired by the GOP governor. The kneejerk firestorm started last week & has only grown since:   http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/08/20/school-project-yanked-for-fitzsimmons-cartoon/   A few parents...


Cartoonist making readers mad, part I | Post

August 26, 2020- ICYMI — A cartoon by Michael Ramirez made a lot of people angry last week. The epicenter of the shockwave was the Southeast Missourian, a newspaper in Cape Girardeau some 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, but it soon went national and was picked up by NBC. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cartoon-depiction-mlk-s-i-have-dream-speech-missouri-newspaper-n1237478 The cartoon, drawn...


The year of hell refresher—now in cheeky animated form! | Post

August 26, 2020- McClatchy animator Sohail Al-Jamea and cartoonist Jack Ohman recently teamed up to create an animated reminder of all the shit that went down —so far— in 2020. Just in case you’ve forgotten. The animated short plays like a side-scrolling fighting game with an oblivious Trump strolling through the exploding video background....


Greenberg takes 1st place in Davenport contest | Post

August 26, 2020- AAEC member Steve Greenberg won First Place in the “Homer Davenport Cartoon Contest,” based in Silverton, Oregon. The local contest celebrates home-town hero Homer Davenport, the late-19th/early 20th century editorial cartoonist famous for his quote “No honest man need fear cartoons.” The contest is usually part of the town’s annual...


LAST CALL: Deadline for the 2020 Rex Babin Award is August 28! | Post

August 21, 2020- CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2020 Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is moving the deadline (again) for the best in local political cartooning, the Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning. The deadline to enter is Friday, August 28,...


Shorter WaPo: Are newspaper editors cowards? | Post

June 23, 2020- Michael Cavna sums up a rough fortnight for political cartoonists and newspaper editors, and asks an important question: What if publishers decide it’s too much trouble to do their damn job?   https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/06/23/political-cartoons-racist-small-newspapers/ “In my mind, editorial cartoons are expendable. None of them are produced by our staff, and rarely...


Cartoonists Rights Network sounds alarm on threats facing cartoonists | Post

June 15, 2020- In the wake of the global pandemic, journalist and human rights groups are sounding the alarm and issuing the most dire warnings about cartoonists’ security and freedom since the Charlie Hebdo attack over five years ago. Cartoonists Rights Network International has joined with Cartooning for Peace, Cartoon Movement and other free...


Rights groups call for detained cartoonist to be released | Post

June 15, 2020- The Cartoonists Rights Network International has appealed to the Bangladeshi government to release a political cartoonist. Ahmed Kabir Kishore was arrested over a month ago as a critic of the country’s response to COVID-19, and is scheduled for a “hearing” sometime in June. CRNI’s Terry Anderson and other leaders of free...


International groups call on Trump to speak up for press freedom | Post

June 15, 2020- The Cartoonists Rights Network International has joined with 72 journalist and press freedom organizations calling on Donald Trump to “commend, rather than condemn, the media and ensure their protection from the unprecedented attacks they have faced while reporting on nation-wide protests demanding social and racial justice, particularly for Black communities.”...


Media Freedom Rapid Response: Cartoonists are being targeted for their work | Post

June 15, 2020- The Cartoonists Rights Network International has joined with the Media Freedom Rapid Response consortium to warn cartoonists that they are being targeted by governments looking to use the pandemic as an excuse to suppress free speech. The following rapid response report looks at things within the European Union and its...


More webinars on comics, politics and race | Post

June 12, 2020- The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library hosted another zoom webinar this week on comics, politics and race. Held in conjunction with ‪SOLCON, Nicole Pizarro Colón, JM Hunter, Héctor Rodriguez III, Eric J. García discussed their work and teaching across brown and black creative and community spaces. Watch here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV7CDEBJVNw&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1NCb1MxxPMa1T38hS0lA7TNk5eQbVL7qvegDGeteNsvHKAOLsRoNOzR08...


Cartoonist wins award, loses paper in a topsy-turvy week | Post

June 12, 2020- Al Goodwyn is having an, uh, interesting week. The day after he won a regional journalism award for his editorial cartooning, a South Carolina paper drop the syndicated cartoonist and apologized for running a cartoon of his that many readers found offensive: http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/06/11/newspaper-apologizes-for-devisive-cartoon/   Michael Cavna picked up on the...


JD wins RFK | Post

June 8, 2020- JD Crowe is this year’s winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Editorial Cartooning. The RFK judges cited the cartoonist for the Alabama Media Group “for his use of wit and artistry to illuminate policies that are harming women, the poor, and people of color in the state of Alabama.”...


Keith Knight webinar on race June 11 | Post

June 8, 2020- Cartoonist Keith Knight has been drawing about race & police brutality for over 25 years. His cartoon slideshow has been presented to police departments around the USA, and this Thursday, June 11 at 6pm, he goes live online with it. Sign up today for the Zoom webinar here: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hWr8P6uiSReL7k60TNfnTQ?fbclid=IwAR1NBZ_u4b29DnXnnG-ZzmqHwyf3-xrOr41ooGUhC0GLFg3DVgL_wWERn7U...


Trump Campaign forces removal of a cartoon from the internet in clear violation of the Constitution | Post

May 27, 2020- While Donald Trump complains about the “violation” of his free speech on Twitter, his campaign recently forced the removal of a political cartoon by Nick Anderson from the Redbubble website. Anderson is protesting the action with the help of the CBLDF. Redbubble, like Cafe Press and other swag sites, produces T-shirts, mugs,...


Furlough you go | Post

May 19, 2020- Filed under “Yeah, no” The Buffalo News took a rare stand (for editorial page editors that is) and told a reader in Letters to the Editor that No, they are NOT going to remove their editorial cartoonist just because the reader was offended by an opinion they didn’t agree with....


2020 Pulitzer Prizes announced: 3 AAEC cartoonists are finalists | Post

May 4, 2020- A big congrats to cartoonists Lalo Alcaraz, Matt Bors and Kevin Kallaugher — all three AAEC members were finalists for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. This year’s award went to New Yorker illustrator and caricaturist Barry Blitt. Congratulations all. https://www.pulitzer.org/news/announcement-2020-pulitzer-prize-winners...


Cartoonist survives Covid; responds by drawing a cartoon about it | Post

April 23, 2020- Cartoonist Jason Chatfield reveals what it’s like to get the coronavirus. (Spoiler alert: it’s horrible). So what’s a cartoonist to do after surviving Covid19? Do a cartoon about it of course! His graphic (in more ways than one) tale of surviving the plague is must reading: https://www.jasonchatfield.com/coronavirus We here at...


NCS cancels annual convention—but still plans to hand out awards | Post

April 23, 2020- No surprise — the National Cartoonists Society has announced that the 2020 NCS convention is cancelled. They note, however, this year’s Reuben Awards will still be presented in some form on time and online in June. Details to follow when we get them. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/04/23/2020-reubens-weekend-convention-cancelled/...


Dick Wright picks up the pen (again) | Post

April 23, 2020- The Daily Cartoonist and ComicsDC @MikeRhode1 are reporting that cartoonist Dick Wright has left retirement to return to editorial cartooning. The conservative cartoonist has picked up his pen again to fight the “new socialist agenda” of the Democrats in Virginia. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/04/22/dick-wright-returns-to-editorial-cartooning/ (Quick history lesson—cartooning seemed a popular profession for people named...


Cartoonists for the Cause — Covid relief fundraisers | Post

April 16, 2020- Two Pennsylvania cartoonists are offering signed art in fundraisers and auctions to help out local institutions. Philadelphia’s Signe Wilkinson is offering signed prints of her cartoons in exchange for contributions to one of the funds helping beleaguered health care workers. Signe supports Temple University Hospital which, she notes, “really stepped up when...


Cartoonist says “Damn the pandemic, full speed ahead” with new book | Post

April 10, 2020- Matt Bors went ahead this week with the announced launch of his new collection of political cartoons. “We Should Improve Society Somewhat” was supposed to hit bookstores in April 2020 and had been delayed by the publisher. Fortunately for readers, Matt planned ahead, tweeting “Luckily I purchased $10,000 worth of...


Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki publish their last collection | Post

April 3, 2020- On the heels of the news that Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki would shut down their long-running labor cartoon syndicate, the duo announced “Torn,” the last collection of their editorial cartoons. “After 37 years of syndicating Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons to unions and newspapers, these Wisconsin-bred practitioners of pushback, parody, and...


VIRTUAL CARTOONING: Matt Wuerker live online on April 1 | Post

March 31, 2020- Cartooning school is in session! POLITICO cartoonist Matt Wuerker will be holding a free virtual workshop Wednesday, April 1st (appropriately enough). The online event kicks off at noon. Matt is one of the best caricaturists working today, so this should be good. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5383528193767815436?source=moderator+social Here’s a short look at the cartoonist...


Labor duo end decades-long cartoon collaboration | Post

March 5, 2020- Mike Konopacki and Gary Huck recently announced their retirement after 37 years of drawing labor-centric cartoons for Union newspapers. https://nwlaborpress.org/2020/03/end-of-an-era-labor-cartoonists-say-farewell/ The pair was one of the few “teams” working in editorial cartooning today. The two met at the 1979 convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and began operating...


de Adder is the 2020 Herblock winner; Lubchansky named finalist | Post

March 4, 2020- A big congratulations to Michael deAdder and Matt Lubchansky! de Adder was named the winner of this year’s Herblock Prize, and Lubchansky the finalist. https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/herblock-prize In picking deAdder, the judges noted: “There were many strong submissions in this moment of political crisis in America. The judges ultimately chose Michael de Adder for...


Joel Pett steps down as CRNI President; Matt Wuerker takes reins | Post

March 4, 2020- From the Cartoonists Rights Network International comes the following announcements: https://cartoonistsrights.org/crni-president-joel-pett-retires/   After some fifteen years in the role Joel Pett—multi-award winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald Leader—has decided to retire from the Presidency of Cartoonists Rights Network International’s board of directors. Cartoonists from across the world can attest...


Hot cartoonist on cartoonist action in new book on Macpherson | Post

March 27, 2020- Canadian cartoonist Terry Mosher (better known by his pen name Aislin) has written a new book on Duncan Macpherson, one of the best cartoonists to come out of Canada in the 20th Century. “Professional Heckler” is the first biography of Macpherson, “a formidable and groundbreaking artist, he was also an alcoholic who...


The bane of British politicians, Gerald Scarfe has a new memoir | Post

March 20, 2020- While perhaps best known in America as the dude who did the art for Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Gerald Scarfe is celebrated across the pond as one of Great Britain’s greatest —and most vicious— political cartoonists (I mean, just look at this caricature of Margaret Thatcher!—ed). Scarfe recounts his 60-year-career...


Matt Bors thinks you should improve your bookshelf somewhat | Post

April 20, 2020- Cartoonist and publisher of The Nib, Matt Bors has announced a new collection of his political commentary. “We Should Improve Society Somewhat” drops in April 2020 and offers a survey of  “our current dystopian hellscape.” From the press release: “Working as a political cartoonist for more than a decade, Bors’...


Matt Bors thinks you should improve your bookshelf somewhat | Post

February 28, 2020- Cartoonist and publisher of The Nib, Matt Bors has announced a new collection of his political commentary. “We Should Improve Society Somewhat” drops in April 2020 and offers a survey of  “our current dystopian hellscape.” From the press release: “Working as a political cartoonist for more than a decade, Bors’...


Call for Entries: 20th International Editorial Cartoon Competition | Post

February 18, 2020- Guy Badeaux has put out the call for entries for the  20th International Editorial Cartoon Competition. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 27, 2020. Here are the complete rules and regulations: 1. The theme for the 20th International Editorial Cartoon Competition is: “Pulling the plug on social media”   After...


CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2020 Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning | Post

February 14, 2020- UPDATE: WE’RE PUSHING BACK THE DEADLINE FOR THE BABIN AWARD TO ITS ORIGINAL DEADLINE OF AUGUST 28. THE AWARD WILL NOW BE PRESENTED IN SEPTEMBER IN A LOCATION TBA Wow, where does the time go? It seems like we just gave this award to Baltimore’s KAL Kallaugher… oh wait, we...


Call for submissions: International Cartoon Competition | Post

February 12, 2020- Cartooning for Peace’s International Cartoon Competition is here. From Cartoon Movement’s Tjeerd Royaards comes the following call for submissions: We are very happy and proud to announce that Cartoon Movement, in partnership with Cartooning for Peace, is launching an international cartoon competition for the World Press Freedom Conference 2020.  We would be...


All the interviews that are fit to print | Post

January 31, 2020- While the newspaper industry continues to flee in terror from, umm, editorial cartoons, there is no shortage of media outlets that want to interview cartoonists. Here are all the links and articles that appeared online in January. First up WJTV on the prolific Marshall Ramsey: https://www.wjtv.com/news/focused-on-mississippi-marshall-ramsey-he-draws-his-own-conclusions/   Next, Cap Radio talks...


Another Turkish cartoonist is imprisoned | Post

January 23, 2020- It’s been reported that Turkey and its president Recep Erdogan have again targeted journalists and political cartoonists, jailing members of Yeni Asya Gazetesi under similar trumped up charges they’ve brought against other newspapers. ExpressionInterrupted @ExInt24 tweeted “Yeni Asya chief editor Kazım Güleçyüz @gulecyuzk and the newspaper’s cartoonist Halil İbrahim Özdabak were...


Merry Impeachment Day, everyone! | Post

January 21, 2020- And a Happy Impeachment Day to all. The Daily Cartoonist has been looking back at how editorial cartoonists took on previous targets of impeachment, and the parallels between Nixon, Clinton and Trump. First up: the phenomenal Jules Feiffer. http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2020/01/19/feiffer-on-nixon-in-the-trump-era/ How did editorial cartoonists see previous violators of the Constitution? ComicDC’s Mike...


RIP Ron Rogers | Post

January 17, 2020- The Daily Cartoonist is reporting that Ron Rogers has passed away after a sudden illness. The long-time AAEC member had been drawing political cartoons for The Winston-Salem Chronicle in North Carolina at the time of his death. “In a sign of the times Ron lost his job at the South...


 
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