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!

Preliminary AAEC Convention Schedule is Here

Hello everyone!

We hope you’re doing well and staying safe in another nutty summer.

The AAEC has been working closely with CXC on this fall’s gathering in Ohio, and we now have a preliminary schedule for our convention. As we hinted at earlier, we’re going with a slow rollout this year as we come out of the chaos of covid.

The Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival runs Oct. 6-9 with its own programming — which should be up on their site later this week — with our events weaving in and out of their lineup.

Thursday, Oct. 6, will be light on AAEC-specific content. We are sponsoring a CXC Talk & Teach on “Staying healthy and avoiding injury at work” at 3pm at the Billy Ireland Library. Later, we’ll be gathering at a nearby bar to hold an Irish Wake for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Friday, Oct. 7, on the other hand is packed. The entire morning has been set aside for our long-overdue Business Meeting, where a great deal of decisions need to be made, followed by an afternoon of panels at the Billy Ireland including our first big one— “Awards: Do They Still Matter?” After the CXC Opening Reception, we are proud to sponsor “An Evening with Keith Knight” at the Wexner Center Theater.

Saturday, Oct. 8, everyone moves downtown to the day-long CXC Expo at the Metropolitan Library. Once again we will have a booth where you can meet the public and sell books. At noon the AAEC hosts the panel “Cartooning in a Post-Truth World,” followed by a special presentation of the new feature-length Bill Mauldin documentary, “If It’s Big, Hit It.” Then, that evening, we’ll get together at the nearby Seventh Son Brewery for our annual awards reception.

Everything slows down on Sunday, Oct. 9. We know that’s a big travel day for a lot of people, but the AAEC will still be running our table at the second, shorter Expo day downtown, and generally hanging out until the festival is over.

For more on the CXC schedule, check out later this week. We will be posting our own list of AAEC events at

We really hope you can make this year; it’s been too long.

Kevin Necessary, AAEC President

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