Anderson to Become AECC President As Membership Rises

By: Dave Astor

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, at its convention Saturday, nominated officers to serve with Nick Anderson when he moves from AAEC president-elect to president on Sept. 1.

Anderson, of the Houston Chronicle and Washington Post Writers Group, will succeed Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/United Media cartoonist Rob Rogers as president.

If elected this summer, the 2007-8 board would include Ted Rall of Universal Press Syndicate as president-elect (he’s now vice president), Rex Babin of The Sacramento Bee and King Features Syndicate as vice president, and V. Cullum Rogers of The Independent Weekly in Durham, N.C., serving another term as secretary-treasurer. Also, seven cartoonists were nominated for three AAEC director spots.

Just prior to the nominations, AAEC membership chair Clay Bennett (of The Christian Science Monitor and Christian Science Monitor News Service) announced that the organization’s membership rose from 375 last year to 392 today. With the reduction in staff jobs at daily newspapers, many AAECers are now freelance, self-syndicated, and/or alternative cartoonists.

Cullum Rogers announced at the business meeting that the AAEC raised about $18,000 to more than match the $15,000 grant it received last year from the Challenge Fund for Journalism.

The AAEC raised money via such means as putting a donation “button” on its EditorialCartoonists.com site and holding an online auction of cartoons.

And the AAEC confirmed that it will hold its 2008 convention next June in San Antonio, where John Branch of the San Antonio Express-News and King will host.

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