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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 panel discussion at the Columbus Metropolitan Club. And later that evening, we’ll be guests at the CXC Founder’s Party.


We move to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum on the campus of The Ohio State University for a day of panels on freedom of speech, a special showing of the Mr. Fish documentary, and the CXC reception for the exhibit “Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment.” The CRNI Courage in Cartooning Award will also be presented during the evening.


The first day of the CXC Expo & Book Fair takes us back downtown to the Metropolitan Library for an afternoon of panels, talks and signings, followed by an AAEC-only award reception Saturday night. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WE’LL BE CARRYING MEMBER’S BOOKS AT THE AAEC DEALER’S TABLE.


The second day of the CXC Expo is traditionally more kid-friendly fare, with another afternoon of panels, talks and signings. If you’ve published any graphic novels or children’s books, Sunday is a great opportunity to meet a new audience.  A full schedule of events will be available later this summer. For more information on CXC, click here.


Click here to register online BEFORE THURSDAY, AUGUST 15. Again, most of CXC is free and open to the public, but you must register for the AAEC convention separately to get into our private receptions, the Founder’s party on Thursday, and to sell books at the AAEC dealer tables in the Expo & Book Fair on Saturday & Sunday. Membership dues must be current in order to attend at member rates.

Convention Registration Form


Reserve your hotel room!

AAEC members have several overnight options during the convention. The Hotel LeVeque is the main CXC stay, and right around the corner from the Columbus Dispatch. $198 + taxes a night. Click here for availability and reservations.

You can also get a room at the Holiday Inn—Capitol Square, which is less expensive and closer to the CXC Expo & Book Fair at the Metropolitan Library. $126 + taxes a night. Click here for availability and reservations.

To get the convention rates, enter your check-in and check-out dates in September.

If you’re considering coming to this year’s convention, don’t delay in getting your room — the cut-off date for reservations is FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, and the hotels are available to all cartoonists attending this year’s CXC, not just the AAEC. (That’s our way of saying the deadline is sooner than you think.)

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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