Four weeks to deadline for the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists’
The Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning submissions.


As conventions are being cancelled or delayed the AAEC discloses their current plans:

At this point we are 10 weeks out from the gathering in Ottawa, and one month from the hotel and registration deadline. That’s still plenty of time for the situation to change, one way or the other.

After a vigorous discussion between the two board of directors, and taking into account numerous factors, the ACC has decided to go ahead with their plans to meet May 14-17.

Wes Tyrell noted “This is a very unique and bizarre scenario and we sympathize with anyone that is uncomfortable with travel. The bulk of our members are attending; many of them also live on the other side of the continent and thus share these concerns with our American and international friends.”

Obviously each person will have to determine what’s best for them, but we hope you decide to attend.


From Tom Tomorrow


Sunshine Week is March 15 – 21, 2020 and they are accepting cartoons.


Cagle Cartoons Collects the Most Popular Cartoons of February.

Here are the most popular cartoons from February. 20% of the cartoons get 80% of the reprints in newspapers, because editors tend to like the same things at the same time. Editors also tend to like the same, small pool of cartoonists, even though all of our cartoons and cartoonists are presented to editors in the same way –so these are the cartoons that got the vast majority of reprints in American newspapers last month.


Outrage Overseas

One of Britain’s most prestigious newspaper has come under fire for a blatantly racist cartoon. The paper on Sunday published a cartoon that depicts Conservative Party MP and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as bulls, with horns and rings through their noses. The cartoon was sketched by popular cartoonist Steve Bell.

India’s Republic World reports.


Marshall Ramsey Helps with Tennessee Tornado Relief

A University of Tennessee alum and cartoon artist is using his work to help the relief effort following the deadly Middle Tennessee tornadoes.

The artist, Marshall Ramsey, was inspired by UT’s locker room sign that says “I will give my all for Tennessee today.”

Ramsey has been drawing his whole life and wanted to make a difference after seeing UT set up a disaster relief fund.

WBIR Channel10 News carries the story.


Tulsa World’s First Freelance Local Editorial Cartoon

Last week we reported that the Tulsa World was soliciting local editorial cartoons.

Ian Marcum gets the first spot.


The World War II Cartoons of Arthur Szyk

Already well-known for his illustrations by the time he came to the U.S. in 1941, Szyk’s fame would grow exponentially during and after the war years. The White House had 38 Szyk illustrations hanging on its walls. The New York York Post published more than 100 of his cartoons. His work graced the covers of the Manhattan and Brooklyn phone books and was plastered on billboards in New York City. More than 500 USO centers, which aimed to be a “home away from home” for soldiers in combat, exhibited his drawings, as did numerous art galleries.

Berkeleyside profiles Arthur Szyk as UC Berkeley hosts the
In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Art & Human Rights (1926-1951)” exhibit.


3 thoughts on “Cartoonews

  1. I know in recent weeks due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus scare many comic conventions like Seattle’s Emerald City Comic-Con and Los Angeles’ WonderCon have been postponed into either Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 or cance3lled outright. But for Canada: Is the next week March 18-20 Toronto Comic-Con still a go or cancelled already (Ian Flynn, who writes comic book stories for IDW’s Transformers, My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Sonic the Hedgehog comic books backed out of taking part of the Toronto Comic-Con not from COVID-19, but due to his respitory illness).

  2. I was trying to figure out why Szyk’s artwork looked so familiar and then I realized that he illustrated the book of Andersen’s fairy tales that I read as a kid (the original versions, with all the weirdness intact). His kind of knobby style with those big-eyed children was such a good fit for those stories. I had no idea he was a political cartoonist as well.

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