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!

Editor & cartoonist apologize for cartoon

It is not unusual for an editor to fold and apologize for a cartoon that has offended readers; it is more rare for the cartoonist to agree and pull the cartoon. Earlier this week, Gary Varvel published a cartoon in the IndyStar criticizing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the lead up to her testimony at Brett Kavanaugh's hearing for a seat on the Supreme Court. Whatever Varvel's intent, it misfired — badly.

The backlash was immediate and widespread, and by the next day the editor posted the following apology:

Varvel offered a mea culpa and pulled the cartoon from his site. "My cartoon was focused only on Ford’s demands, not on whether she was telling the truth,” Varvel said. “This is a point I should have made clearer in my cartoon. As a husband and father of a daughter and granddaughters, I take sexual harassment very seriously.”

The Daily Cartoonist tracked the outrage, took a look at why the cartoon failed, and how other cartoonists were able to approach the subject without drawing the ire of, well, almost everyone.


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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.