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.

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Convention Recap: Videos from CXC 2022 now online

If you missed this year’s Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival in October, CXC has now posted all of the sessions on their YouTube channel — including the AAEC-sponsored panels.

First up was the highly informative “Taking the Pain of Out of Drawing” with former massage therapist Kriota Willberg:

“Do Awards Still Matter?” was the big panel on Friday afternoon with Lalo Alcaraz, who was snubbed for the Pulitzer in 2021 but won the Herblock in 2022, Clay Jones, a Herblock finalist who won this year’s Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartooning, Signe Wilkinson, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, and moderator Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.

Friday night saw political cartoonist and TV show creator Keith Knight (the K chronicles, Woke) sit down with indie filmmaker turned graphic novelist James Spooner to discuss the pitfalls, winding roads and sometimes success of their mainstream and underground work.

Finally, the Saturday conversation everyone was talking about“Cartooning in a Post-Truth World” — asked “how do cartoonists do their jobs when elected officials, citizens, and even media outlets disregard facts?” Cartoonists Kevin Necessary, Marc Murphy, Tim Campbell and Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post weren’t afraid to handle the truth.

These four panels, along with another two dozen CXC events from the 2022 Festival, can be watched here:

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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.