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!

Friday award announcements

A big congrats to Tom the Dancing Bug aka Ruben Bolling aka Ken Fisher aka the 2018 recipient of the RFK Journalism Award. In a press release about the announcement, Fisher said "It's a special honor for me both because of the accomplishments and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy, and also because the award recognizes work in the area of human rights and social justice."

"I'm especially looking forward to receiving the handsome bust of Robert F. Kennedy, whose stern countenance in my office will no doubt provide a constant reminder for me not to engage in organized crime."

An Award Ceremony will be held on May 22 at the Newseum in Washington, DC. 
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Also congrats to Jake Thrasher on winning an SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for Editorial cartooning! The MOE awards, from the Society of Professional Journalists, honor the best in student journalism. Thrasher was also a finalist for last year's Courage in Cartooning Award after receiving death threats for an anti-KKK cartoon that appeared in the at the University of Mississippi student paper.

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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.