By Punch Pep Correspondent Elizabeth Fischer
The election is here.Â The conventions have concluded. Â The debates have not yet started.Â The fury & frenzy of political ads are running.Â And the â€œmost opinionated gathering in historyâ€ is happening this weekend.Â What is it you ask?Â It is a gathering in the Nationâ€™s Capitol of the Countryâ€™s Leading Editorial Cartoonists.
The cartoonists are coming!Â â€œ#!&% CARTOONS!!Â A Festival Celebrating the Political Cartoonâ€ hosted by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists to celebrate this enduring craft, has been announced for September 14-15 at the George Washington University (at the Jack Morton Auditorium) in partnership with GWâ€™s School of Media and Public Affairs.
Cartoonists of every political stripe and bent, including â€œnew breedâ€ online satirists, traditional lampoonists from the nationâ€™s largest newspapers and magazines, Pulitzer Prize-winners, and aspiring cartoonists will celebrate the art of the political cartoon in a unique two-day festival.
During the two day event The Cartoonist Rights Network International that defends free speech rights around the world will present the 2012 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award to Syriaâ€™s Ali Ferzat and to Aseem Trivedi of India.Â Ferzat was recognized as one of Time Magazineâ€™s 100 most influential people in the world for his refusal to stop drawing cartoons even after the Syrian regime broke both his hands in an attempt to silence him.
The worldâ€™s first â€œCartoon Death Matchâ€ will also take place Friday, Sept 14th.Â Emceed by Literary Death Matchâ€™s Todd Zuniga, cartoonists will take to the stage and face certain metaphorical death, slashing cross hatches and knock-out punch lines.
From the beginning of U.S. history through the present, cartoons have played an important role in U.S. political life.Â Paul Revere and Ben Franklin created a stir with cartoons leading a revolution.Â Today, politically charged cartoons dot the new digital landscape â€“ needling, infuriating, engaging and entertaining people on the web, in e-mails, on smart phones and tablets.
Friday and Saturday promise to be exciting, enlightening and overall fun â€“ a great way to take a break from the redundant political ads encroaching on our everyday moment of peace.Â Hope to see you all there!
Sept. 14th & 15th, 2012Â from 9am – 5pm with a Friday evening cartoon deathÂ match)
Who will be there: hundreds of political cartoonists from around the world, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Matt Wuerker, Tom Toles, Ann Telnaes, Signe Wilkinson, Mike Peters, and many more.
Open to the publicâ€”admission is $10/day, registration required
Visit www.damncartoons.org for more.
Attorney Elizabeth Fischer is Punch Pep Correspondent. She is working as an Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Student (environmental studies), covering events for Pamela’s Punch as a generalist correspondent. When she is not working, studying or playing soccer or tennis, she is walking her pups, traveling the globe, running marathons, and enjoying all DC has to offer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.