"Rogers will be talking with Ann Telnaes, award-winning cartoonist at the Washington Post. Join us 6-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the NPC’s Bloomberg Room. Tickets are required to attend; RSVP using the link above. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A session. Both Rogers and Telnaes will be signing copies of their books, which will be available for purchase. This event is being hosted by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Press Club."
Who says print is dead? The Nib, home of some of the finest editorial editorial cartoonists and comics journalists working today, has launched a kickstarter to help launch their new quarterly magazine. (Update: Half a day into the fundraiser, they are already halfway to their goal, so clearly the support is out there.)
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is launching a pop-up show of cartoons by Rob Rogers this summer. Conveniently located across from the White House, the Trump-centric exhibit showcases all the cartoons killed by Rogers' former employer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Co-sponsored by the AAEC, Spiked: The Unpublished Political Cartoons of Rob Rogers, runs from July 18 to Oct. 14, 2018. In addition to the opening reception (which is already sold out!), the Corcoran will be hosting a "series of conversations regarding issues around censorship, freedom of the press, journalistic integrity and the consequences of nationalism to a democracy in collaboration with both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and GW's School for Media and Public Affairs."
In the wake of the astounding rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded cave, editorial cartoonist @stephffart finds he has an new international following. Here's a short interview with the Thailand-based cartoonist (scroll down thru the updates).
In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, tours an exhibit of California political cartoons with AAEC President Matt Davies and Rex Babin. Photo courtesy of Mary Locher.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2018 Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning
SACRAMENTO, CA — The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is once again looking for the best in local cartooning. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning," named after the late Sacramento artist, focuses exclusively on state and local commentary, an issue near and dear to Babin during his lifetime.
This year's award will be presented in conjunction with a retrospective of Babin's state & local cartoons at the California Museum.
Jack Ohman, Babin's long-time friend and successor to his staff position at the Sacramento Bee, will again be the main judge for the award. Ohman will be joined on the panel by the inaugural recipient, Dwane Powell, cartoonist for the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, and JP Trostle, digital editor for editorialcartoonists.com.
"Rex Babin was not only a brilliant visual artist, but a skilled commentator whose commitment to local cartoons made him a major voice in Sacramento and California," said Ohman. "He spoke constantly of the need for cartoonists to speak effectively to their communities. The AAEC wanted to recognize the very important local and state cartooning so many of our members do every day without national fanfare."
Babin, the editorial cartoonist for the Albany Times-Union and The Sacramento Bee, passed away in 2012 at age 49 following a long fight with cancer. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003, and received the Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation the same year. His unique drawing style stood out among the work of his peers, and his fellow cartoonists elected him President of the AAEC in 2009.
While his work was syndicated nationally, Babin was a strong believer in the power of editorial cartoons to have real influence at the local level. As the cartoonist for daily newspapers in two state capitals, he saw how effective satire could sometimes be when directed at targets across the street. While at The Sacramento Bee, he drew "Caleeforneeya," a recurring strip mocking then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. That criticism did not stop Schwarzenegger from appearing as the guest speaker who kicked off a 2005 gathering of cartoonists in Sacramento.
The Rex Babin Award will be presented Saturday, Sept. 22, during this year's AAEC convention in Sacramento.
"Drawing Caleeforneeya: Political Cartoons of Rex Babin" runs from August 14 to October 14, 2018, at the California Museum, 1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814. https://www.californiamuseum.org/rex-babin
A big congrats to cartoonist David G. Brown (@dgbstudio) for winning Best Editorial Cartoon from the National Newspaper Publishers Association for his work in the LA Sentinel, the west coast’s largest African American newspaper. The NNPA includes over 200 newspapers nationwide. Brown's work appears regularly here.