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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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Editorial Cartoonists Like Steve Kelley Know Surgical Wit, Deft Satire Win in the End

By Steve Duin

The Oregonian, June 19, 2010


Back in the mid-’90s,
Steve Kelley
current president-elect
of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
and Jack Lemmon were booked to go on The Late Late
Show with Tom Snyder
. That hour generally featured “two segments with the
superstar and one with the also-ran,” Kelley said. When the veteran Hollywood
actor and the cartoonist met in the green room, there was little doubt as to
the pecking order, at least until Lemmon went to pour himself a cup of coffee.

Lemmon barely had pot in
hand when Kelley boomed out, “Put that coffee down!”

Just as he did in Glengarry
Glen Ross
, Lemmon froze, then burst out laughing as Kelley delivered the
next line in Alec Baldwin’s famous boiler-room rant: “Coffee’s for closers!”

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