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Columbus, Ohio | September 26-29, 2019

For its annual convention this year, the AAEC is teaming up with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.



The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists will be part of the CXC Festival this year in Columbus, Ohio. While CXC is free and open to the public, registering for our convention gets you into AAEC-only events, private receptions, and access to sell books at our exhibitor tables in the Expo & Book Fair on Saturday & Sunday.


Join us Thursday afternoon in downtown Columbus at our AAEC-only opening reception happy hour, 5–6pm at the Boat House Restaurant, 679 W. Spring Street, immediately followed by a First Amendment dinner and panel discussion. And later that evening, we’ll be guests at the CXC Founder’s Party.


Day two kicks off with Part I of our annual business meeting with “A New Vision for the AAEC,” an important working session on the future of the association. Later in the day we move to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the campus of The Ohio State University for a special showing of the Mr. Fish documentary, and the CXC reception for the exhibit “Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment.” The John Locher Memorial Award will also be presented during the evening.


Saturday morning, we wrap up Part II of our business meeting, then head straight into the first day of the CXC Expo & Book Fair at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. We have three big public panels in the afternoon, including a chat with Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher, Cartoonists’ Rights Network on the dire Free-Speech Situation Facing the World, and Daily Cartoonist’s Mike Peterson talking with Nick Anderson, Nancy Ohanian and Patrick Chappatte on the effect Trump has had on editorial cartooning. Then, join us Saturday night for an AAEC-only award reception, where the CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award will be presented, along with The Ink Bottle and Rex Babin Award.


The second day of the CXC Expo is traditionally more kid-friendly fare, with another afternoon of panels, talks, and a focus on emerging artists, including this year’s John Locher Award winner Chelsea Saunders. A full schedule of events will be available on site. For more information on CXC, click here.


We are taking walk-ups! While most of CXC is free and open to the public, you still must register separately to get into the AAEC dinner on Thursday, the Saturday Award reception, and to sell books at the AAEC booth in the Expo & Book Fair on Saturday & Sunday. Membership dues must be current in order to attend at member rates.

Convention Registration Form


Staying in Columbus!

AAEC members will be in several of the designated “cartoon” hotels during the weekend. The Hotel LeVeque is the main CXC stay, and right around the corner from the state capital. We’re pretty sure they’re booked solid, but you can Click here for availability and reservations.

Cartoonists are also staying at the Holiday Inn—Capitol Square, which is less expensive and closer to the CXC Expo & Book Fair at the Metropolitan Library. Click here for availability and reservations.

Convention room rate reservations are closed, but if you’ve decided to come at the last minute, there are plenty of other options around town. 

About the AAEC

For over six decades, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has been the professional association concerned with promoting the interests of staff, freelance and student editorial cartoonists. This includes political illustrators and the growing field of comics journalists.

We are a network of cartoonists who support the profession of editorial cartooning on all platforms, from print to digital. We are active in the defense of free speech and a free press, the very foundation of political cartooning.

We encourage and mentor young editorial cartooning talent, and aim to provide a common meeting ground for cartoonists of all political persuasions to exchange views, meet socially, and showcase creative and technological innovation.

The AAEC website is still up and active at editorialcartoonists.com. There you can see daily cartoons and news, and cartoonists can renew their membership and update their AAEC information.

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