It's here! The annual gathering of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off this week in Sacramento, CA. Running from Sept. 20-22, the convention will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling.
AAEC President Pat Bagley, and co-hosts Jack Ohman and Scott Burns, welcome the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and special guests from New Zealand to the dumpster fire that is currently America. And the cartoonists from New Zealand are sure to have something to say about the viral firestorm set off by Australian Mark Knight's racist Serena Williams U.S. Open cartoon.
There will also be two events open to the public: A talk by Atlantic reporter McKay Coppins on Friday night, and a "Cartoonist Cage Match" on Saturday afternoon. The "sketchy battle royale" is sponsored by The Sacramento Bee and will include draw-offs by some of the best cartoonists working today. Check the Bee website for details.
The closing gala on Saturday night will see the presentations of the John Locher Memorial Award and CRNI's Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award.