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!


Briefly Put

In
April, The Ohio State University received a gift of $1 million from Jean
Schulz, the widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, to support the
renovation of Sullivant Hall, the future home of the new Cartoon
Library and Museum
.

Along with
her generous gift, Mrs. Schulz issued a challenge: She will provide an
additional matching gift of $2.5 million if Ohio State raises the same
amount from other sources, making the total impact of her gift $6 million.

“By helping
to underwrite a state-of-the-art facility for the University’s renowned
Cartoon Library and Museum, Jean Schulz advances the work of students,
faculty, and scholars and deepens our understanding of the importance of
the genre,” said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.

The planned
renovation will provide 40,000 gross square feet of space for the new Cartoon
Library and Museum that will include a spacious reading room for researchers,
three museum-quality galleries, and expanded storage with state-of-the-art
environmental and security controls.

When asked
what inspired her to give to The Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State,
Jean Schulz said, “Lucy Caswell has done a marvelous job in collecting
and preserving works in the cartoon medium. I was pleased at the opportunity
to help provide a fitting home for this important collection and to recognize
her contribution in the field.”

Due to its
outstanding reputation, growing collection and a surge of scholarly interest
in comics and cartoons, the Cartoon Library and Museum —
formerly known as the Cartoon Research Library — is a destination location
for researchers from around the world.

With a founding
gift of the Milton Caniff Collection, Ohio State’s Cartoon Library and
Museum was established in 1977 in two converted classrooms in the university’s
Journalism Building. From this small beginning, founding curator Lucy Shelton
Caswell has spent more than 30 years building the Library into the widely
renowned facility it is today.

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Milt
Priggee
has
joined David Horsey on the revamped seattlepi.com web site.

In a introduction,
Horsey posted: “Way back about a thousand years ago, when I got into the
cartooning business, I met another young, aspiring visual commentator named
Milt Priggee.

“Milt was
then working for Crain’s Chicago Business; I had just started at the P-I.
I remember one long night that slipped into dawn at an editorial cartoonists’ convention
in Nashville when he and I talked and talked about our hopes and dreams
for great careers.

“Milt’s
work life has taken a more rugged path than mine. I’ve been lucky enough
to have a string of editors and publishers who understood their job was
to defend me, not censor me. Milt, unfortunately, has had the opposite
experience. Now, however, he’s found a place where he can say anything
he pleases.

“Priggee
has joined our Seattle Views team and readers will be able to find his
commentary on a regular basis right here. You can also find a lot more
of his work, including animated cartoons, at his website, miltpriggee.com.

“As I shift gears to add a broader
national audience in the string of Hearst newspapers stretching from Connecticut
and New York to Texas and California, Milt Priggee will be taking aim at
targets close to home in the Northwest. I am excited to have my friend
Milt join me. And, you know what? This gives seattlepi.com two more editorial
cartoonists than any other local news web site.”

Patrick
O’Connor
,
who was laid off from the Los Angeles Daily News back in January, has
picked up a bit of work with the cross town rival paper the L.A. Times,
doing illustrations for their op-ed page. From his blog, he writes: I’ve
been doing some illustrations for the Los Angeles Times! Most editors
and management at the Daily News had an unhealthy dislike for their crosstown
rival. I always thought it was a far superior paper and have enjoyed
it for a long time. So, it feels good to see my work on the Op Ed pages.
https://patrickoconnor.blogspot.com/

Steve
Greenberg
,
taking a page from the Milt Priggee playbook, is now doing editorial
cartoons for the news blog LA Observed.

“With the
axing of Patrick O’Connor’s position at the Daily News in January, the
elimination of the L.A. Times cartooning position in 2005 and the cutting
of most cartoons from the LA Weekly earlier this year, there was nobody
left to do any locally-oriented editorial cartooning for the nation’s second-biggest
city and metro, so this created an opportunity for me to step into the
void in my hometown of Los Angeles; ironically, my career began with locally-oriented
cartoons for the Daily News of L.A. three decades ago.”

Brian
Duffy
‘s
animated editorial cartoons began appearing on a local television newscast
twice a week in May. KCCI News broadcasts his work during the 6 and 10
p.m. news show Tuesdays and Thursdays, with the cartoons posted on the
KCCI website on Wednesday and Fridays.

“Duffy’s
creative wit and style have been sorely missed, and we are delighted to
be able to bring him back and showcase his great work,” says KCCI News
Director Dave Busiek.

Duffy’s
work had been on the front page of the Des Moines Register for 25 years
until he was suddenly laid off in 2008.

In
May, Keith
Knight
sat down
with Dick Gordon for a lengthy interview on “The Story.”

“Keith caught
a big break last year when he launched his first syndicated comic strip,” said
Gordon. “Then the bottom fell out of the newspaper industry. Keith has
lost some distribution as newspapers across the country continue to fold,
but he’s managed to keep his head above water.”

Listen to
the entire show here: https://thestory.org/archive/the_story_781_A_Hard_Time_For_The_Funnies.mp3

Tim
Jackson, David G. Brown
and Ron
Rogers
were
part of a lengthy round-table discussion on the “Mr. Media Interview” show
in March, after the Sean Delonas cartoon flap.

“When the
New York Post recently got in hot water for an editorial cartoon by Sean
Delonas that appeared to portray President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee,
media pundits raced to see who could condemn it the fastest,” it said in
a promo for the show. “But one perspective was missing: that of the nation’s
African-American editorial cartoonists. Join Mr. Media as he welcomes a
number of prominent male and female cartoonists from across the country
to talk about the Post cartoon, Obama and modern politics, opportunities
for cartoonists of color, and more.”

Listen to
the entire session here:
https://www.blogtalkradio.com/mrmedia/2009/03/07/African-American-Editorial-Cartoonists-Roundtable-Mr-Media-Interview.mp3

Tom
Toles
sat
down with John Dickerson of CBS for an interview recently. Catch it in
all its compressed fun at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7sYIyXvt9U

UMBC
magazine, the periodical covering University of Maryland, Baltimore County
put KAL on
their cover recently, along with an extensive profile inside. You can read
it in its entirety here: https://www.umbc.edu/magazine/winter09/feature_kal.html

—Sources:
The Daily Cartoonist, E&P, The Comics Reporter, WUNC, KCCI, seattlepi.com,
Daryl Cagle, The Star-Bulletin, Memphis Flyer. JP Trostle contributed.

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