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Awards – the 2021 Deadlines

We know you are currently occupied with the holiday season, but the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists wants you to know about the submission deadlines for next year’s awards – many of which must be submitted by January and February. National Cartoonist Society Divisional Reuben AwardsDeadline: January 2021Rules and entry form available online: https://www.nationalcartoonists.com/awards/guidelines/ National Newspaper […]

Posted on: Dec 21, 2020,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: Comments Off on Awards – the 2021 Deadlines

Betty Debnam – RIP

Betty Debnam, the creator and editor of The Mini Page, has passed away. Betty Glass Debnam Hunt October 23, 1929 – November 1, 2020   Elementary school teacher, advertising copywriter Creator of the educational newspaper insert The Mini Page From the obituary: While teaching in Wake County, Betty had the idea of combining education and […]

Posted on: Nov 4, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Obituary, Comments: 3 Comments

The Sunday Social Session

Art Spiegelman artwork © Art Spiegelman In the age-old discussion about when comics finally “grew up” Maus is often exhibit A. The New Yorker called it “the first masterpiece in comic-book history”. It’s the comic that people who don’t read comics have read, and the only graphic novel ever to have won a Pulitzer prize. […]

Posted on: Oct 18, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartooning, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Magazine cartoons, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on The Sunday Social Session

Tonight: OPC Award Winner Adam Zyglis

The Overseas Press Club presents: Join an online program with Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News, the winner of this year’s Best Cartoon Award for best print or digital graphic journalism, including cartoons, on international affairs. Moderating the panel will be Rob Rogers, who served as head judge for the Best Cartoon Award jury. He won the OPC’s cartoon award for […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Events, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Tonight: OPC Award Winner Adam Zyglis

The Future of American Political Cartooning

With print news receding, online sources proliferating (and become more partisan), and digital tools opening new aesthetic horizons, what is happening to this form of visual commentary, once the shared experience of every reader with a newspaper and a cup of coffee? In this virtual symposium, prominent artists representing different generations and regions of the […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Events, Gatherings, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on The Future of American Political Cartooning

Pandemic Illustrated: “Totally Under Control”

200,000+ U. S. deaths attributed to Covid-19. Presidents — both Republican and Democratic — worked to ensure that if a pandemic came, there would be an effective plan to respond. Yet while other countries used that playbook and succeeded in doing what was necessary to get the coronavirus under control, the Trump administration threw out […]

Posted on: Sep 22, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Pandemic Illustrated: “Totally Under Control”

Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winner for editorial cartooning, Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan, is now a graphic novel. The authors have expanded the original 20 part series into a 192 page graphic novel. When it came to illustrating the book, Michael approached his drawing style differently. The project “put me […]

Posted on: Sep 11, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Pultizer Cartoon Expanded Into Graphic Novel

Classic Illustrated: Constitution Illustrated

Classics Illustrated adapted famous books to the comic book format,R. Sikoryak has done the same with one of the world’s most famous documents. Utilizing comic characters and their creators’ styles Sikoryak has adapted The United States Constitution word for word into comic book format. As Boing Boing says: Cartoonist R. Sikoryak’s talent for mimicking other […]

Posted on: Jul 31, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 1 Comment

Darrin Bell Signs Two-Book Deal

The Associated Press is reporting that Darrin Bell and Henry Holt & Company have signed an agreement for two books by the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist. The first book, “The Talk,” will be published next year. Holt is calling it “a graphic memoir written as a deeply personal meditation on “the talk” Black parents must have […]

Posted on: Jul 16, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Books, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Comments: 1 Comment

John Backderf at 60 on Kent State at 50

In the opening pages, Derf is 10 years old on April 30, 1970, clutching a MAD magazine in the passenger seat of his mom’s car. She drives along a road lined with National Guard soldiers, whose bayonets are fixed, ready to put down a wildcat Teamsters strike. In a couple days those troops Derf saw […]

Posted on: Apr 29, 2020,  Section: Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 1 Comment

Comic Explains Coronavirus For Kids (printable)

NPR’s  Malaka Gharib explains the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in “a comic just for kids.” Gharib’s comic is based on a radio story by NPR education reporter Cory Turner wherein he spoke with health experts about what kids would like to know about the outbreak. For example, “If kids do get the virus, it tends to […]

Posted on: Mar 2, 2020,  Section: Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Explains Coronavirus For Kids (printable)

Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy – A Keith Knight Presentation

Knight’s talk was both autobiographical and a chance to comment on society through his art. Knight, who grew up in Boston, remarked that he had only one black teacher in school – and that was a substitute who, as a comic artist, at least modeled a career that appealed to Knight. It wasn’t until Knight […]

Posted on: Feb 15, 2020,  Section: Alternative comics, Cartoons, Comic strips, Discussion, Editorial cartooning, Events, Graphic Journalism, Speaking Engagements, Comments: Comments Off on Red, White, Black and Blue: Documenting America’s Racial Illiteracy – A Keith Knight Presentation

The Secret Comics Section of The Washington Post

The Lily was the first U.S. newspaper by women. We’re bringing it back. For all things comics in Washington DC we turn to Mike Rhode – if he don’t know, he’ll find out. And recently he discovered a new secret area of comics from The Washington Post. As Mike at his ComicsDC site explains: Since […]

Posted on: Feb 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Comments: Comments Off on The Secret Comics Section of The Washington Post

For Jerry Craft Comic Reading Was Fundamental

In sequential panels cartoonist Jerry Craft, for the New York Times Book Review, tells how comic books were a portal to “heavier” literature. [Aside: Science backs up Jerry.] The Review notes that, “Jerry Craft is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel “New Kid,” winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.” […]

Posted on: Jan 11, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on For Jerry Craft Comic Reading Was Fundamental

2020 Prizes/Awards Deadlines

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has published the deadlines and links to various Award and Prize opportunities for Editorial Cartoonists. A few, including The Pulitzer and The Divisional Reubens, have January deadlines. The deadline for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards is only days away. National Newspaper Awards (Canada) Deadline: January 9, 2020 Rules and entry […]

Posted on: Jan 3, 2020,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Contests, Editorial cartooning, Events, Graphic Journalism, National Cartoonist Society, Newspaper industry, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on 2020 Prizes/Awards Deadlines