Berge’s Cartoon Web site: AAEC: Do Awards Smatter?

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convened in Columbus, Ohio, last 7 days, and I was there for all the hullaballoo and exhilaration. (I had to be. I’m on the board.) We collected at watering gap Village Fool to mourn the passing of the Pulitzer Prize Award for Editorial Cartooning, unceremoniously dropped by the Pulitzer Persons previous year rather than picking between the three fantastic finalists they ended up provided.

So by natural means, 1 of the major concerns questioned at the convention was: Do Awards Issue? — the matter of a panel discussion with cartoonists Lalo Alcaraz (one of these fine finalists), Signe Wilkinson (a previous awards choose), Clay Jones (this year’s RFK Awardee), and moderator Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.

No matter whether awards subject or not failed to prevent us from handing each and every other awards at the taco-truck-catered banquet on Saturday night.

Considering the fact that the coronivirus had forced the AAEC to terminate our Toronto convention in 2020 and to keep our 2021 conference on Zoom, we experienced a backlog of awards to hand out. Rob Rogers, who had refused to knuckle under to administration needs at the Pittsburgh Article-Gazette to toe the Trump l’Oeil-ty line and lost his task for it, ultimately obtained his 2020 Rex Babin Award.

Which is Rogers on the still left, with AAEC President-elect Jack Ohman, Jape Trostle, and current President Kevin Important.

The Babin, named in memory of Albany Moments-Union and Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist dropped to most cancers in 2012, honors neighborhood-difficulty cartooning. Considering that obtaining axed at the Article-Gazette, Rogers has been commenting on Pittsburgh matters in his comic strip “Brewed on Grant,” showing in Pittsburgh Existing.

Steve Stegelin was given the 2022 Rex Babin award for his cartoons at the Charleston City Paper.

And no, Jack Ohman is not a pretender to the Iron Throne.

Russian emigrée Masha Zhdanova won this year’s John Locher Memorial Award, specified to young cartoonists. I acquired just one of her publications, Uneaten By Sharks, at the convention I am only a few webpages into her autobiographical account of a journey to Europe that starts off with coming out as lesbian to her mother and involves time spent with household in St. Petersburg.

We imagine you will be listening to extra from her.

The AAEC’s Ink Bottle award went to Steve Sack, who was unable to attend. So Ward Sutton (whom some of you know far better as “Stan Kelly”) led us in leaving Steve a voice mail.

One get-away from the panel discussion of awards on Friday was that no matter what a person thinks about the intrinsic value of awards in the first place, a person should to enter them far more normally. As the regular shops for the career dwindle away, the benefit of some of these awards is diminished by likely to the identical cartoonists over and around once more.

Which is no justification for the Pulitzer board. None of the a few closing finalists had at any time received a Pulitzer right before.

I took quite a few much more pictures than I can set in a website like this, but the moment in a even though, I was sitting down in the course someone else was pointing a camera. Like this one particular David Brown took through the once-a-year small business assembly.

Proving that even updating organizational by-regulations can be exciting.

1 way-off-to-the-side note I ought to make about this convention is that I took the possibility to donate the ebook my Aunt Barbara Jensen experienced remaining me, The Minneapolis Tribune Cartoon Ebook for 1901: Staying a Assortment of More than A person Hundred Cartoons by R.C. Bowman, to the Billy Eire Cartoon Library and Museum.

Rowland C. Bowman cartoon on site 28

I’ve featured cartoons from the e-book in this blog site a number of instances, and I’m sorry to say that this 121-year-old guide is even worse for put on than when my aunt left it to me in 1989. It no for a longer time has a spine, and the again go over split in fifty percent a several years in the past. For the sake of what continues to be of the front cover and the web pages within, the e book belongs in the weather-managed basic safety of the Ireland’s vault, not the bookshelf in my basement.

Bowman, who died in 1903 at the age of 32, never received any countrywide awards. But at the very least his e-book is in hallowed firm now.

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