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!

Awards: Jake Thompson 2009 Locher Award Recipient

Jake Thompson,
a junior in advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign,
is this year’s winner of the AAEC/John Locher Memorial Award.

to Thompson, even though he has always enjoyed comics, in particular the
work of Bill Watterson, he did not actively begin cartooning until he studied
abroad in Scotland where he illustrated for Edinburgh University’s newspaper,
The Student.

He will
receive an all-expense paid trip to this year’s AAEC convention in Seattle
where he will meet professional editorial cartoonists and attend meetings
and workshops.

The AAEC/John
Locher Memorial Award was founded in 1986 by members of AAEC, who felt
the need to establish an award that would not only honor the memory of
John Locher, the late son of Dick and Mary Locher, but would also help
discover young cartoonists and stimulate interest in editorial cartooning
among college-age students In North America.

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The AAEC aims to be an international leader in support of the human, civil, and artistic rights of editorial cartoonists around the world, and to stand with other international groups in support of the profession.


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.