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
Are you in India? Like cartoons? Stop by an see a new exhibit on Philadelphia cartoonist Signe Wilkinson @SigneWilk. If halfway around the world is too far to go for a show, you can at least read about it here.
The AAEC had two big weekends in a row, first in Sacramento for their annual convention, and then at CXC in Columbus, Ohio, (which is fast becoming one of the best comics art festivals in the country). Several reports came out in the wake of the Sacramento confab:
The following weekend, a bunch of cartoonists (including Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson, Kevin Siers, Rob Rogers, Nate Beeler, Darrin Bell and JP Trostle) headed to Columbus, Ohio. As always, Mike Peterson did yeoman's work in covering the AAEC panels at CXC and other events at 4-day long free festival.
Love cartoons? Like meeting cartoonists? In Ohio? Head to CXC — Cartoon Crossroads Columbus— this weekend in Columbus, Ohio!
Join the AAEC for two panels on "Cartooning In The Time Of Trump" with Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson, Nate Beeler and Rob Rogers on Saturday, Sept. 29. And on Sunday, Sept. 30, there will be a spotlight on prolific comic strip and editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell.
This is, what, the 11th or 12th time since 1954 that editorial cartooning has been declared dead? We're like the Doctor Who of cartooning or something.
So... if we're dead — LET'S HAVE A WAKE!!!
Tonight the 62nd Annual Convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off with a private reception at the California Museum. The 2018 convention, running Sept. 20-22, will see three days of cartoonists, satirists and journalists from across the US, Canada and Down Under hobnobbing, panelling and pub crawling.
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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 @AAEC_Cartoonist for details.
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.
This year's program is called "Icons of Political Art," part of the Presidential Site's mission to "increase participation in the American system of self-government by sharing the life stories, arts, and culture of an American President."
We are 10 days out from our gathering in California, but it isn't the only AAEC event happening this month.
Immediately following the Sacramento convention (the very next week) is CXC — Cartoon Crossroads Columbus — the cartoon festival in Columbus, Ohio. The AAEC plans to have an exhibitors table at their Marketplace Expo Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, to increase awareness of our organization among the many other kinds of cartoonists who will be there.
We welcome our fellow editorial cartoonists to attend — especially if you couldn't make it to Sacramento — and appreciate any help you'd like to give to help staff this table those days.
CXC is the annual free city-wide festival in Columbus, Ohio, home of Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, spans four days and celebrates and connects people who love cartooning. All editorial cartoonists are invited to attend and rub shoulders with creators and fans from the whole gamut of cartoon arts. You'll hear more about CXC during our convention in Sacramento.
The Marketplace And Expo will be held at the downtown branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. If you'll be in town for this event, and are interested in helping staff the table those days, please let us know. You can email me at email@example.com.
Deadline to submit work for consideration to the 2019 Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum exhibit is this FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
"The Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment" will run for six months in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University, and be part of next year's CXC and AAEC Convention.
Co-curated by Lucy Caswell and Ann Telnaes, this will a major exhibition on cartoonists and the First Amendment. Members of the AAEC, NCS, and professional cartoonists nationwide, are invited to submit contemporary cartoons on the significance of the First Amendment protections for speech and press. For consideration, email up to 5 lo-res files to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of this week!
The Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, April 20—October 27, 2019
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. —Amendment I, United States Constitution, 1791
What do an outhouse parody, burning the American flag and decorating a wedding cake have in common? Each has been the focus of a First Amendment case reviewed by the United States Supreme Court.
First Amendment protections for speech and press relating to editorial cartoons are the focus of this exhibition. How have editorial cartoonists responded to historic First Amendment questions? What do current discussions about issues such as political correctness, social media, trigger warnings, Wiki leaks, white supremacist rallies, fake news and libel have to do with editorial cartoons? Why does it matter?
The Founders included guarantees of free speech and press in the Bill of Rights in order to assure that American citizens would know what their government was doing. In addition, some have noted that the First Amendment exists to protect unpopular, even offensive, viewpoints that are outside the mainstream, which needs no protection.
In a democracy, the role of the editorial cartoonist is to inform, persuade and advocate. Editorial cartoons are signed statements of the personal opinions of their creators, created to challenge readers, whether in print or on-line, to think about current events. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist David Horsey once said his job was to “poke people in the eye” with his cartoons. The public debate engendered by the metaphorical eye-poke of editorial cartoons is an important part of the American political dialogue intended to produce informed voters.
From the anti-cartoon laws of the early twentieth century and the World War I suppression of cartoons published in The Masses to Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, this exhibition uses works from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s collections augmented by contemporary cartoons by members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to invite visitors to consider thoughtfully the significance of the First Amendment protections for speech and press.
The co-curators of the exhibition are Ann Telnaes and Lucy Shelton Caswell. Deadline to submit work for consideration to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum exhibit is FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018. Email to email@example.com
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus and the convention of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be held jointly Sept. 26-29, 2019, in Columbus, OH.