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 #7 — J.D. Crowe

It may be grossly unfair (accent on the gross) for JD Crowe to have the embarrassment of riches that is Alabama to draw on, but he has made the most of it in his 18 years at the Alabama Media Group/

As he says, "My primary job is to keep our state’s goobers from jumping the fence and being a nuisance to the rest of the country. For 18 years, I’ve done my best to keep Alabama’s worst confined to Alabama. (Sorry about Jeff Sessions.)

"And then 2017 happened. Alabama’s crazy special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat collided with the #MeToo movement, and our state’s most notorious politician was loose in the national spotlight. I drew over 50 cartoons on this special election. Here are a few that tell the story."



[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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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.