Profiled: Pat Bagley and the AAEC convention in Salt Lake City

The City Weekly profiles Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley on cartooning in the red state of Utah and the organization of the AAEC convention in Salt Lake City.

How did you get a convention of cool cartoonists to come to square old Utah?

I remember sitting there in the business meeting and thinking, “Salt Lake could do it. We could do it. It’s going to be a lot of work, and I’m going to be sorry I did it.” It was one of those ideas you get that just doesn’t go away. I had to act on it. I was the most enthusiastic of the people who offered. I do believe we could do a great convention here. I’m proud of my city, and I want to show it off to my peers. We have people who want to go out and see the NSA facility, so maybe we’ll have a little field trip out there.