Yesterday was the first full day of activities for the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists’ annual convention held this year in Portland OR. Mark Fiore kicked off the session, entitled “Appholes” on his experience working with Apple to get his iPhone app into the App Store. Next up was the “New Frontiers” panel Mike Keefe plugged his comedy news site “Sardonika.com” that he runs with Tim Menees. Sardonika is a fictional “tiny island just off the coast of the United States, close enough to pass judgment on its mainland neighbor, but far enough offshore to avoid small arms fire. It is the home of the Sardonika Policy Institute, the major industry on the island. The SPI is a watchdog group primarily glaring at the U.S. It issues periodic reports in the form of SPINews, on, among other topics, aging, politics, climate, rock music and municipal bus schedules.”
Ted Rall talked about how he used kickstarter.com to raise money $26,000 for his trip to Afghanistan.
Caroline Dijckmeester, Tjeerd Royaards from vjmovement.com, presented their new endeavor to create an international news bureau that creates a network of video journalists and editorial cartoonists.
Matt Bors led the panel with myself and JP Trostle about the new paradigm of journalism (think blogs and microblogs) and how to use them to spread advocacy for editorial cartooning.
Matt paneled the next discussion that features Meredith Gran, Jeff Parker and Shannon Wheeler about the vibrant cartooning community in Portland Oregon. Shannon commented how Portland is known for cartoonists and Jeff quickly chimed in “and the food carts.” Jeff also plugged his Periscope Studios, a collective of cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists, and storyboard artists. Other such collectives exist in Portland and the network of artists makes a freelance career possible.
Powellapalooza presenters L-R Joel Pett, Matt Bors, Jeff Danziger, Mike Thompson, Ted Rall, David Horsey and Rob Rogers
The last official event of the day was the Powellapalooza – a free to the public event at Powell’s book store. The event was standing room only as Steve Kelley, Mike Thompson, Dave Horsey, Jeff Danziger, Ted Rall, Matt Bors, Rob Rogers, Joel Pett, Rex Babin and Mike Thompson cartoonists gave quick presentations of some of their best work. The crowd was very enthusiastic and asked a fair number of questions at the Q and A at the end. When asked about when editorial cartooning began, Jack Ohman, who emcee’d the event, called up V. Cullum Rogers who gave a quick and engaging response to the art form.
Mark Fiore (L) talking with David Horsey after Powellpalooza
Milt Priggee and Daryl Cagle