Over on The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists web site is posted more information about this year’s convention in Seattle. Ted Rall, AAEC president, provides a fiery letter to its members about the need to attend and discuss solutions out of the present industry crisis.
This year’s panelists and speakers will focus on how to survive and plan out your career in an era of uncertainty. You’ll learn what to do if you lose your staff job, how to sell your work online, the future of syndication and how to brand yourself and your work. We’ll hear experts discuss the brightest segment of cartooning, the graphic novel market. There will even be some surprises- all of them, unlike the news lately, good ones.
We’ll also discuss the future of the AAEC. Given the current newspaper environment, should we abandon the newspaper sponsorship model in favor of pay-as-you-go, as does NCS, or turn to conventional corporate sponsorship? There have been suggestions that we merge with another group of artists or journalists, or that we transform the AAEC into an organization that looks more like a guild.
Also mentioned is the Herblock Foundation picking up the sponsorship slack after previous sponsor The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s press stopped rolling.
Speakers this year will include:
- Jennifer Sizemore, editor of MSNBC.com and Lincoln Millstein, Hearst vice president for new media and former editor of the New York Times web site on the topic of finding a home on the web.
- Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com will speak about the new world of publishing.
- Alison Hemming, founder of The Hired Guns and author of “Work It! How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass, and Land a Job in Any Economy” will speak on “Branding Yourself to Save Your Job and Survive If You Lose It”.
- Gary Groth, founder and editor of Fantagraphics Books will speak on the business of graphic novels (on of the booming areas of cartooning right now).
Other events include a pubcrawl, benefit concert, the return of Cartoonapalooza and of course Fourth of July fireworks.