Under the Dome

In face of HB2, political cartoonists stick with N.C. convention plans

Here’s an event that is NOT cancelling in protest of HB2, but it might not be welcome news to supporters of the new law.

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists is sticking with its scheduled September convention in Durham. About 100 political cartoonists from around the country and Canada will join with comedians and satirists on the Duke University campus for three days.

"Other groups and companies are boycotting because that is the only way they can express a political opinion," Adam Zyglis, the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning at The Buffalo News and current president of the group said in a statement. "Expressing an opinion is precisely what we do, so I say we should go to the heart of the controversy and speak out on this issue."

J.P. Trostle, festival co-host and former Durham Herald-Sun and IndyWeek cartoonist, said HB2 will be central to the event.

"Cartoonists and comedians don't shy away from controversy — they embrace it. They run toward it," Trostle said. "I'm sure Pat McCrory and politicians in Raleigh will be happy to hear we're bringing an entire convention of these people to their doorstep."