Long before he was a popular web cartoonist (and go-to illustrator for numerous game companies), John Kovalic was an editorial cartoonist at a daily newspaper. He was an integral part of the AAEC in the 1990s and helped them get online during the early days of the internet, and was the publisher of "Attack of the Political Cartoonists" in 2004. For the past 20 years he has been creating the popular comic strip "Dork Tower," with his unique take on geek culture, pop culture and, yes, occasionally politics.
In Washington DC? Get to the Library of Congress ASAP! "Drawn to Purpose" closes on Oct. 20. This exhibit of all-women illustrators includes work by AAEC members Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson and Jen Sorensen, among many other talented artists. For complete details on the show, got to https://www.loc.gov/exhibitions/drawn-to-purpose/about-this-exhibition/
Also, you have just 4 days left to catch the Rex Babin retrospective at the California Museum. "Drawing Caleeforneeya: The Political Cartoons of Rex Babin" closes on October 14. https://www.californiamuseum.org/rex-babin
The last two years have seen a number of cartoonists turn their attention to politics (gee, we wonder why?). Two comic book artists, Pia Guerra and Mike Norton, are now doing regular editorial work, and both have books collecting their first wave of Trump cartoons.
Norton's weekly web comic "Lil Donnie" is now in one volume, released last August, and Guerra's editorial cartoons will be available this month in the collection "Me the People."
A mash of cartooning news for your Friday afternoon reading. So crack open a cold one and kick back...
If you're in Oregon, you still have time to make it to the annual Homer Davenport Community Festival in Silverton, OR this weekend, Aug. 3-5. The annual celebration of hometown hero cartoonist Homer Davenport includes races, homebrew tastings and the return of the Davenport Cartoon Contest!
Speaking of influential cartoons, Pia Guerra will be releasing her first collection of political cartoons this fall. While the comic book artist only recently began drawing editorial cartoons for her local paper and The Nib, they have garnered a huge following on social media. The Daily Cartoonist has the links to an interview with Guerra, the book info, and her work on The Nib.
Known for his wicked sense of humor, the stalwart Iowan's work has appeared in the Washington Post and USAToday over the years. He was a member of the AAEC for a time, before his iconoclastic ways lead him to quit. His work has appeared in a number of collections, including the first "Attitude" book by Ted Rall, and the AAEC's "Attack of the Political Cartoonists."
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.)