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!

Cartoonists overseas

1) In mid-October, 10 cartoonists from the NCS and AAEC, including Mike Peters, Michael Ramirez and Chip Bok, were part of a week-long USO entertainment tour to visit troops stationed in Germany and the Persian Gulf.

"The group will visit wounded troops at the USO Warrior Center at
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and more than a dozen
military bases in the combat zone," stated the press release, posted on The Daily Cartoonist. "Committed to showing their support
to America’s Armed Forces, they will also make personalized sketches
for troops."

Star & Stripes carried on article on the cartoonist's visit, and Chip Bok posted a photos and links from the trip:

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2) In the meantime, Daryl Cagle was travelling in North Africa and the Middle East for several weeks, first at the Algiers Comics Festival.

Then he was off to Egypt and Israel, where he was able to engage in a number of interesting discussions on cartooning and symbols:

The cartoon they showed me would make an American editor choke; it
showed a spitting snake, in the shape of a Star of David; inside the
snake/star was a peace dove, behind bars, and above the snake, in
Arabic, were the words, “It’s not about the bird flu, it’s about the
swine flu.”
I explained that in America this cartoon would be regarded as anti-Semitic, and it would never be printed.

The Egyptian journalists were emphatic,
explaining to me that the cartoon was about Israel, not about Jews – an
important distinction to them.

“Israel isn’t mentioned anywhere in the cartoon,” I said.

“But we all know the Jewish star is the symbol of Israel,” they responded.

I said, “It is a religious symbol. It
is the same as if I took the star and crescent off of the flag of
Pakistan and drew a similar cartoon, saying it was about Pakistan.”
They didn’t respond to me, my comment was such nonsense. I continued, “The cartoon seems to say that Jews are like snakes and pigs.”

“No, no! We have lots of
symbols for Israel that we all know, like the Jew with black clothes
and a big hooked nose!” one of the Egyptian journalists insisted with
some passion. “We like Jews, we just don’t like Israel!”

All the cartoonists returned from their adventures safe if not sound.

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Cartoons in Education

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