Alexandra Bowman Recipient of Inaugural John Locher Memorial Fellowship

The John Locher Memorial Award has evolved into the John Locher Memorial Fellowship and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has announced that Alexandra Bowman is the first beneficiary of the new honor.

From the Association of Editorial Cartoonists:

In recent years, the Locher team continued to look for ways to best support budding cartoonists, including options other than a contest format. After a gap year, and discussions among the Locher Advisory Committee and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is happy to announce the first John Locher Memorial Fellowship.

This year’s recipient is Alexandra Bowman.

Bowman is a political cartoonist, journalist, and satirist based in Washington, DC. She served as the editorial cartoonist for the political action committee The Lincoln Project during the 2020 election, and later drew for the John Kerry and John Kasich-founded environmental organization World War Zero. Her cartoons been published by BBC News, the National Wildlife Federation, and Penguin Random House UK. She also works as a costume designer and arts and culture writer.

About the change:

Kevin Necessary, the new Locher Fellowship manger, said, “The Fellowship shares much of the same framework as the Award — an all-expenses-paid trip to a cartoonist convention, a cash prize, and the support and mentoring from fellow cartoonists — but removes the contest element and changes the destination to the annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Festival [rather than the AAEC Convention].”

Alexandra Bowman will be at the CXC Festival in Columbus, Ohio, September 26-29. Complete details about the new Fellowship can be found at