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!

Cartoonist making readers mad, part I

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.

The cartoon, drawn in reaction to a single quote by a BLM protestor in Chicago, showed Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I have a dream” speech — but twisting the words to support looting — and was quickly condemned as racist. Defenders said Ramirez’s commentary was taken out of context and should be read as a reaction to a call for violence. Angry letters and threats flooded into the paper over the next few days as other media outlets picked up the story as it went viral.





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The mission of the AAEC is to champion and defend editorial cartooning and free speech as essential to liberty in the United States and throughout the world.

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.