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!

It’s happy hour somewhere…

A mash of cartooning news for your Friday afternoon reading. So crack open a cold one and kick back… 
If you're in Oregon, you still have time to make it to the annual Homer Davenport Community Festival in Silverton, OR this weekend, Aug. 3-5.  The annual celebration of hometown hero cartoonist Homer Davenport includes races, homebrew tastings and the return of the Davenport Cartoon Contest! 
Like cartoons? Love beer? In Ohio? Check out Lock 15, the new brewery opening in Akron later this month, where all the labels were designed by former editorial cartoonist Chuck Ayers.
Like books? Love comics? In Columbus, Ohio? Get thee to the OSU Billy Ireland Cartoon Library for their first ever BOOK SALE! The world's biggest library of comic art will be selling extras of their books, magazines and comic books on Thursday, Aug 30. ONE DAY ONLY!
Speaking of old cartoons, a newspaper with the first American editorial cartoon sold for $40,000 at auction last month.  The 4-page paper included Benjamin Franklin's famous "Join or Die" cartoon tucked away below the fold. It is surprising small considering the influence the cartoon had, in both the formation of the United States and the countless parodies and homages it inspired over the past 264 years.
Speaking of influential cartoons, Pia Guerra will be releasing her first collection of political cartoons this fall. While the comic book artist only recently began drawing editorial cartoons for her local paper and The Nib, they have garnered a huge following on social media. The Daily Cartoonist has the links to an interview with Guerra, the book info, and her work on The Nib
It's all the rage! 2019 will find two of the oldest cartoonist groups joining forces with newer festivals. The AAEC already has plans to work with the CXC Festival at Ohio State for its 2019 confab, and now the National Cartoonist Society officially announces  "NCSFest" next year in Huntington Beach.
So how was your day? 

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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.