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!

Thanksgiving briefs

Ted Rall has collaborated with Pablo G. Callejo’s on “The Year of Loving Dangerously,” an autobiographical graphic novel based on Rall’s adventures in the ’80s.

With an introduction is by Xaviera Hollander, author of “The Happy Hooker,” the book is the editorial cartoonist’s first collaborative effort. Rall wrote and scripted the book, based on his experience getting arrested, dumped, expelled and evicted onto the mean streets of Manhattan in 1984, and “Bluesman” artist Callejo provided the full-color painterly artwork. “

“[The book] is an allegory for the economic collapse, showcasing what can happen to anyone,” said Rall, “even a white Ivy-educated male, who suffers a run of bad luck. It’s also a shot across the bow of other male graphic artists who wallow in self-pity and alienation.”

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Robert Ariail’s cartoons have landed — on the TV news. Ariail’s work is now featured on WIS10 news and in Columbia, South Carolina.

Earlier this year, Ariail took a buyout from his long-time staff job at The State rather than accept a cut in pay and benefits to part-time. (His work is still being syndicated nationwide through United Media.)

Ariail is a Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate, and has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice — in 1995 and 2000.

“Though he hasn’t had to deal with the demands of cartooning for a daily newspaper since March, Ariail is still working and, clearly, still having a good time skewering the many serious and silly sides of life in South Carolina,” said the local news anchor in an on-air introduction to Ariail.

“But Robert Ariail admits he misses the opportunities, and the paycheck, that come with daily newspapering.”

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Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Dick Locher was selected to create a new trophy for the annual rivalry football game between Northwestern and Illinois. The schools previously battled for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk Trophy, but that prize was retired out of respect for Native Americans. Dick’s trophy, the Land of Lincoln Trophy, was modeled after President Abraham Lincoln’s signature stove-top hat. Dick had researched Lincoln’s hats and the stove-top that was worn during the Gettysburg Address in particular and then he worked with a sculptor to bring it to life.

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Cartoonist David G. Brown was selected by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil to join 20 internationally known artists to exhibit his political cartoons and comic book work at the Museu Afro Brasil in Sao Paulo, as part of the Picha traveling exhibition in October. (Picha presents a colorful image of the rich continent of Africa. “Picha” is also the African Swahili word for “drawing” and is a corruption of the English word, “picture.”) The exhibit showcases original drawings, comic books and comics published in newspapers and magazines from continental Africa, Brazil and the United States and focuses on the African Diaspora.

You can catch images from the exhibit at the U.S. Brazilian Consulate website:

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Mark Streeter had the high-selling cartoon at this year’s Cartoons & Cocktails fundraising auction in October. His eulogy for Ted Kennedy went for $1,750.

Mike Rhode of the ComicsDC blog reported, “The mysterious [bidder] #123 bought by far the most cartoons — I’m guessing at least 1/3 of what was offered.”

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Professor and documentary-maker Elaine Miller (she did the “Trailblazer” doc on Etta Hulme) has published an article on Sarah Palin and editorial cartoons.

“Sarah Palin in the ‘08 Campaign: Political Cartoon Portrayals,” appears in “A New Age: Readings & Studies on Race, Gender and Class Using the  Sociological Imagination,” by Kendall Hunt Publications.

“The book title is rather academic (it’s intended as a student reader),” said Dr. Miller, “but I tried to write the article in a light-hearted style.”

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Steve Greenberg has joined the “Video Journalism Movement” out of The Netherlands, a “new international online forum for a multitude of viewpoints from editorial cartoonists and freelance professional video journalists that aspires to be a new type of journalistic platform.”

“I was the first U.S. cartoonist asked to participate,” said Greenberg. “There are currently four from the U.S.

“Their official info is here at and my blog item with more info is at:

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