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!

Shorter WaPo: Are newspaper editors cowards?

Michael Cavna sums up a rough fortnight for political cartoonists and newspaper editors, and asks an important question: What if publishers decide it’s too much trouble to do their damn job?
“In my mind, editorial cartoons are expendable. None of them are produced by our staff, and rarely do they depict a local issue” says THE ONE PERSON WHO COULD HIRE A CARTOONIST AND MAKE THAT HAPPEN. “If editorial cartoonists get in the habit of lifting people up instead of tearing people apart, then everyone will want them,” says @VoiceOfPeeDee Publisher Bailey Dabney.
“Opinion pages in a diverse country shouldn’t be safe spaces,” Matt Wuerker says. “I miss the ‘70s and ‘80s when opinion pages were exciting and full of raucous cartoons and caricatures.”

Jen Sorensen, creator of a weekly political strip, calls the use of cartoons employing racist tropes “editing failures,” urging papers to learn from controversy rather than “eliminate an entire genre that’s still appreciated by many.”

Keith Knight, author of “They Shoot Black People, Don’t They? 20 Years of Police Brutality Cartoons,” says rather than apologize, editors “should stand by” their cartoon selections and, if necessary, “go down with the ship.”

Well, we can always hope, can’t we?

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The mission of the AAEC is to champion and defend editorial cartooning and free speech as essential to liberty in the United States and throughout the world.

The AAEC aims to be an international leader in support of the human, civil, and artistic rights of editorial cartoonists around the world, and to stand with other international groups in support of the profession.


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.