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!

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2022 Rex Babin Memorial Award

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has long championed those cartoonists who work for small and local newspapers, and once again in 2022 the AAEC is looking for the best in political cartooning. Named after the late Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist, The Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning focuses on state and local editorial cartoons, an issue of great importance to Babin during his lifetime.

It has been a decade now since Babin, the editorial cartoonist for The Sacramento Bee, lost his long fight with cancer in 2012. While his work was syndicated nationally, Rex was a strong believer in the power of editorial cartoons to have real influence at the local level. As the cartoonist for daily newspapers in two different state capitals, he saw how effective satire could sometimes be when directed at targets across the street. His unique drawing style stood out among the work of his peers, and his fellow cartoonists elected him President of the AAEC in 2009.

“Rex Babin was one of the foremost practitioners of the local cartoon” said Jack Ohman, Babin’s long-time friend and successor to his staff position at The Sacramento Bee,” and the AAEC once again honors Rex and his work with this Award.”

This year’s judges includes previous recipients Rob Rogers, Matt Davies, and Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher. This year’s award will be presented during the AAEC’s annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, in October.

The deadline to enter is Friday, August 26, 2022.

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The Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning — Rules & Eligibility

• Any editorial cartoonist or graphic journalist who comments on or covers local, state or provincial events in the U.S., Canada or Mexico is eligible to enter; membership in the AAEC or ACC is not required.

• Please submit ten cartoons and a 150 word statement from the artist about their work and its impact.

• Cartoons must have been published between June 2021 and June 2022.

• Cartoons should be in a 300dpi jpeg format, and emailed to

• There is no entry fee.

• The judging criteria are:
1) Cartoons on a local or state subject that have a strong political or social impact;
2) Excellence in draftsmanship and ideas.

The deadline to enter is Friday, August 26, 2022.

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For more information on the award, contact Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher at For more information on the AAEC, go to

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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.