Etta Hulme, cartoonist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, died June 25th at the age of 90. A longtime member and former president, Etta was a widely respected and beloved member of the AAEC. Although her drawing style has been described as soft, the messages behind the images were powerful and clear. Etta was exactly what an editorial cartoonist should be, fearless and determined- plus she did it with a wonderful smile.
The AAEC sends their deepest sympathy to her family and friends. We'll miss Etta very much.
The AAEC strongly condemns the reported tragic killing of Akram Raslan, a Syrian cartoonist who refused to back down in the face of terrible violence and repression. Though they have killed the man, Mr. Raslan's cartoons will live on and continue to chip away at the tyranny of the Assad regime. In this time of extreme danger for journalists, the AAEC will redouble its efforts by continuing to reach out to those in harms way and by working with groups like Cartoonist Rights Network International and the Committee to Protect Journalists. We urge you to help in any way you can.
Vancouver Sun sketcher, and my mentor, was almost as great a journalist as he was a human being.
By Bob Krieger, 2 Oct 2013, TheTyee.ca
Aside from being an incredibly kind, humble, hilarious, brilliant and elegant gentleman, Roy Peterson happened to be a world class editorial cartoonist. He won more National Newspaper Awards than any other journalist, the Order of Canada, and more awards and honours than he or a mathematician could count.
Roy Peterson was born in Winnipeg in 1936. He died Monday, Sept. 30, joining the love of his life, Margaret, and leaving two sons, three daughters, nine grandchildren and a massive hole in journalism business.
I, like dozens of the next generation of cartoonists throughout North America, was awed by Roy's singular talent, but more amazed by his grace and generosity. He was an icon and a hero to all of us, but he always went out of his way to make us feel like equals.
Roy's career at the Vancouver Sun came to an abrupt and shocking end after 47 years. He remained the epitome of dignity and decency until the day he left us.
The Tyee asked me to put together some of my favourite Peterson cartoons, which you can see in the gallery above. Younger readers may not understand all of these 'toons, so I encourage them to get on the interwebs and Google them. But for geezers like me who remember the '60s, '70s and '80s, they should bring back some fond memories.
It was no easy task to narrow it down. Roy was almost as great a cartoonist as he was a human being.
The celebration of the life of Roy Peterson will be held Friday Oct 11th from 2-4 at Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver.
Remembrances from Colleagues
From Dwane Powell, Creators Syndicate
Retired from the News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
My first American Association of Editorial Cartoonists meeting was in Washington DC in 1972. I was drawing for a small newspaper in Arkansas, my first newspaper job, and had never met another cartoonist outside Arkansas. We were asked to send a cartoon for exhibition at the meeting so I rounded one up and sent it in.
Being self taught and having never seen the original drawings of more established cartoonists I was humbled to see these works up close at the DC exhibit. One drawing in particular caught my eye, a large, beautifully rendered cross hatch drawing that hung dead center in the room. It was the ass end of an Elephant with a tiny Pierre Trudeau hanging from the tail. Then I noticed that my cartoon was hung right next to it.
Just as I was about to slink out of the room a dapper fellow came up beside me, pointed at my cartoon, and in a deep, mellifluous voice, said, "That's a very nice cartoon." I said "Thanks" and asked which one was his, and he pointed at the cross hatched elephant ass.
Soon afterward, a rube from Arkansas was having a gin and tonic with Canada's greatest cartoonist. That was Roy Peterson.
From Bruce MacKinnon:·What should Canadians know about Roy Peterson?
He was the editorial cartoonist for the Vancouver Sun for nearly half a century, but may have been best known across the country for illustrating Allan Fotheringham's column on the last page of Maclean's Magazine for decades. He's won more National Newspaper Awards and other accolades than any other cartoonist in history, and was one of only two cartoonists to be president of both the Canadian (ACEC) and the American Editorial Cartooning Associations (AAEC). He was member of the order of Canada and a giant in the field of editorial cartooning.
·What did Roy Peterson mean to you?
Roy was a hero and mentor to me. He was not just a role mode and inspiration as a brilliant cartoonist, but he was a role model as a human being. He was always warm and approachable, always encouraging friendly and kind to any young cartoonist who came to him for advice, and was universally loved and respected by his peers. He was always want I wanted to be when I grow up. I'm still waiting.
Was he an influence on your work?
Huge. I had all his books and learned so much from the masterpieces he drew, but his work was at such an incredibly high level he couldn't really be imitated. In terms of illustration and design, what he did within the space he was given to draw was simply unequalled anywhere in the world.
·What did Roy Peterson contribute to Canadian culture and cartooning?
He drew political cartoons that had such impact, at such a high skill level, that they will be forever remembered both nationally and internationally. He set the high water mark for illustration, design, caricature, kindness, class, and humility.
·Do you have a Roy Peterson anecdote you’d like to share?
After his beloved wife Margaret died, whenever we could convince him to come to a convention, he would spend any unscheduled time holing up with us in the hotel room. By 'us' I mean Bob Krieger (a close friend and a fellow Vancouver cartoonist whom he mentored from the start), Dwane Powell, Mike Keefe and Tim Menees, American cartoonists who had become longtime friends, and myself. We were all musicians/guitarists so we'd sit around playing tunes for Roy, absolutely thrilled and honoured to be the apparent muses and court jesters for this living legend.
One particular night, Roy had a request. He said can you something by that guy from Texas? You know... that guy with the high hair? He kept trying to explain but we couldn't figure it out. Finally, he grabbed the little notepad of hotel paper and a ball point and scribbled something in about 25 seconds. He held it up to us and in unison we all hollered "Lyle Lovett!!" It was brilliant. It was a quick sketch but at the same time the most accurate of caricatures in the slickest style. Not just any cartoonist can do that. Krieger immediately pounced on it and made him sign it. The tiny 3"x4" sketch now hangs matted in a HUGE frame on the living room wall in Bob's Vancouver home.
·Anything else you’d like to say about Roy?
Many of us feel like we've lost a father figure. I'm just so proud to have called him my friend.
Longtime Sun artist picked up seven National Newspaper Awards in a career that established him among the greats of Canadian journalism
By Pete McMartin and John Mackie, Vancouver Sun October 2, 2013
There was that about him that, physically, was pen-like — the sharp line of his nose and profile, the quiet manner hiding a pointed intelligence, a humour that could be as black as ink. Roy Peterson drew more than editorial cartoons with his pen. He took aim.
He died Sunday. He was 77. He was on his living-room couch in his West Vancouver home.
“I went into the kitchen to fill up a glass of water he needed for his medications,” son Laurie said, “and when I came back a few seconds later he was gone.”
He leaves behind five children, nine grandchildren and a body of work that for the honours it received was unmatched in the history of Canadian journalism.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Cartoonist+Peterson+precise+piercing/8979624/story.html#ixzz2h07cuWPF
The AAEC is profoundly saddened to hear of the death of Roy Peterson, an extraordinary editorial cartoonist and longtime friend to many in our organization. We extend our condolences to Roy's family and friends and will be posting a memorial remembrance shortly.
The AAEC firmly stands behind Jack Ohman and his powerful cartoon on the tragedy in West, Texas. The Ohman cartoon represents the finest traditions of both American political cartooning and our freedom of the press. On the other hand the Texas governor's response demanding a retraction and an apology, represents the worst impulses of those who have no respect for our most basic and fundamental right to
free speech. Governor Perry attacking the cartoonist is the kind of reaction we'd
expect from a leader in North Korea, not one from Texas.
The attempt to intimidate a journalist for being critical of the government,
particularly the call on the part of the Texas Lt. Governor to have him lose his
job, is what should be condemned. This sort of intimidation of journalists is, at
its root, just plain un-American.
Mark your calendars! The 2013 AAEC Convention will be June 27-29 in Salt Lake City.
The schedule is being hammered out, but will feature "wet" receptions (yes, you can
get a drink in Utah), prominent personalities, panels, shows, and a "Cartoons &
Cocktails" gala open to the paying public.
Attendees may want to fit the convention
into a more extended vacation since Salt Lake is close to several national parks and
offers tons of outdoor recreation, including some of the best fishing, biking,
hiking and camping anywhere in the world.
The host hotel is the renowned Little America, which is offering AAEC members a
special $119 daily rate (usual $189) for the best rooms in Salt Lake. Located in the
heart of the city, it is close to dozens of quality restaurants, pubs and
shopping—the recently opened City Creek Center was designated the "Best Mall in the
Americas". A new light rail
spur which opens in April can whisk you from the Salt Lake City International
AIrport and deliver you to the front door of Little America.
Statement from the Board of the AAEC: The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists Endorses Originality.
Over the years, there have been rare instances where an editorial cartoonist passes
off someone else's work as their own. This practice diminishes the cartoonist,
their body of work and damages the profession of editorial cartooning.
The vast majority of political cartoonists create imaginative, original art and
commentary on a daily basis and are a vital part of journalism.
Passing someone else's work off as your own is not tolerated in written reporting,
and it should not be tolerated in political cartooning. Indeed, it is not tolerated
within the membership of our association. Further, reselling old cartoons with only
a few labels changed is just plain bad for both the art form and for business.
These rare instances of plagiarism should not detract from the thousands of unique,
original and well-drawn works created by hard-working cartoonists every year. These
fresh, original creations jump off the page (be it paper, monitor or mobile),
engaging readers and making them think, talk, argue and act.
New, creative and original political cartoons make a difference in our society. The
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will continue to dedicate itself to
supporting and promoting the craft.