Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Four Editorial Cartoonists to Talk About Cartoons for Presidential Campaign 2012

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington DC   20540

September 4, 2012

Public contact: Sara Duke (202) 707-3630, sduk@loc.gov

 Four Editorial Cartoonists to Discuss
"Ink and Pixel: A Cartoon View of Campaign 2012," Sept. 13

Editorial cartoonists from the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New Orleans Times-Picayune and Pocho.com will discuss the highlights and challenges of creating cartoons, representing opinions from both left and right of center, during the 2012 presidential campaign.

The presentation, "Ink and Pixel: A Cartoon View of Campaign 2012," will take place at the Library of Congress at noon on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Library's Prints and Photographs Division and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC), the event is free and open to the public.  No tickets are needed.

The editorial cartoonists featured in the presentation are Lalo Alcaraz of Pocho.com, Steve Kelley of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Ted Rall of the Los Angeles Times and Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune.

Alcaraz, an award-winning Chicano artist, has created editorial cartoons for L.A. Weekly since 1992 and syndicates his work in English and Spanish through the Universal Press Syndicate.  He also draws the politically-themed Latino comic strip, "La Cucaracha."  In addition, he teaches at the Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. His publications include "Migra Mouse: Political Cartoons on Immigration" (2004), "La Cucaracha" (2004), and "Latino USA: A Cartoon History" (2000) with author Ilan Stavans.

Rall is a former AAEC president and award-winning cartoonist who began posting his cartoons on New York City streets in 1986.  Through self-syndication, he started to appear in print in several publications.  In 1996, Universal Press Syndicate began distributing his work.  In addition to working as a cartoonist, Rall works as a print journalist.  His numerous publications include: "America Gone Wild" (2006), "Generalissimo El Busho: Essays and Cartoons on the Bush Years" (2004) and "2024: A Graphic Novel" (2001).  He has edited three volumes of "Attitude," the compilation of work by the Cartoonists with Attitude.

Stantis is a former AAEC president and award-winning cartoonist.  Before joining the Chicago Tribune, he worked for the Birmingham News, the Commercial Appeal in Memphis and the Arizona Republic.  A conservative by nature, Stantis is coming to Washington with a fresh campaign perspective from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  His editorial cartoons are distributed nationally by Tribune Media Services.  In addition, he draws the daily comic strip "Prickly City," which appears in the Washington Post.  His publications include "Prickly City" (2005) and "Taking a Stantis" (2000).

Kelley is an award-winning editorial cartoonist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune who brings a right-of-center perspective to his work, which is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.  He also draws the comic strip "Dustin" with fellow cartoonist Jeff Parker, which is distributed by King Features Syndicate.  His publications include "Steve Kelley's Art Irritates Life" (1999).

The AAEC is the premier organization for editorial cartoonists in the United States. This presentation is part of their annual meeting, which takes place Sept. 13-15, 2012, in Washington, D.C.  It brings together leading political cartoonists, not only from the United States, but from around the world.  This year 20 cartoonists from Uzbekistan and such Near East countries as Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the West Bank have been brought to the United States by the U.S. State Department to attend the meeting. For further information, visit http://news.editorialcartoonists.com/aaec/2012/04/2012-aaec-convention-planning-is-underway.html.

The Library of Congress houses the finest collection of editorial cartoons in North America, and is an important destination for cartoonists attending the annual meeting here in Washington, D.C.  The Prints and Photographs Division includes approximately 14.4 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day.  International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich array of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history.  For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/.

The Library of Congress, the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 151.8 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats.  The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.  

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