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!


Rex Babin Award nominee #15 — Jeff Hickman

Northern Nevada isn't the first place you think of when you think of a political cartoons, but then you remember the money and gambling and guns, and think — their must be corruption about. Jeff Hickman has been drawing for the Reno Gazette-Journal since 2002, editorializing on the problems stemming from the legalization of marijuana, OJ Simpson's release from prison, and more serious stories like the continuing problems of the school board with their school superintendent, and dismal conditions at group homes for the mentally ill. Along the way, Hickman has won a number of awards from the Nevada Press Association.

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[Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning" was launched in 2017 to celebrate those working in this niche. To that end, we will be showcasing each cartoonist who entered the contest this year, one or two each day in alphabetical order (more or less), leading up to the AAEC Convention in Sacramento, CA, and the announcement of the award winner on Saturday, Sept. 22.]

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