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  • Petitioned The Canada Council for the Arts.

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The Canada Council for the Arts.

Make cartoonists and their publishers eligible for grants and honours.

    1. Wes Tyrell from ACEC - ACDE
    2. Petition by

      Wes Tyrell from ACEC - ACDE

      toronto, Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts supports the publication of most literary forms, including graphic novels, but not cartooning and cartoon books. It currently supports Canadian novelists and their novels, short fiction writers and their collections, poets and their poetry, essayists and their essays etc. Such work is eligible for funding both for the artist and for the publishers of the work, and it is also eligible for prizes such as the Governor General's Literary Awards (which are administered by the Canada Council). Such work - a previously published poem, say - is eligible even when it has already appeared in magazines, newspapers and other publications.

Cartoonists are currently excluded from these grants and honours. Publishers interested in publishing the work of Canadian cartoonists cannot apply for funding to defray some of the costs of doing so. Should a publisher choose nonetheless to publish a book of cartoons, the book cannot even be considered in an assessment of the publisher's eligibility for funding or block funding, nor are such books eligible for the Governor General's Literary Awards. Graphic novelists are also excluded from these awards.

Given the artistic quality of Canadian cartooning, it's cultural importance, its centrality to an understanding of Canadian society and history, and its appeal to readers of all ages, a strong argument can and should be made that the Canada Council should support the work of Cartoonists and that of publishers interested in publishing their work. The Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists is ideally positioned to lobby for such a change in Canada Council policy.

And we do know that ACEC members are good at getting their point across.

Terry Mosher (Aislin), OC

Past President

Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists


Le Conseil des Arts du Canada appuie la publication de la plupart des formes littéraires, y compris les romans graphiques, mais exclut la caricature et les bandes dessinées. Il supporte actuellement les romanciers canadiens, les écrivains de fiction, les poètes, les essayistes, etc… 

 Ces œuvres sont admissibles au financement à la fois pour l'artiste et pour les éditeurs de l'ouvrage, et sont aussi admissibles pour des prix tels que les Prix littéraires du gouverneur général (qui sont administrés par le Conseil canadien) même si elles ont déjà paru dans des magazines, journaux ou autres publications.

 Les caricaturistes sont actuellement exclus de ces subventions et honneurs. Les éditeurs intéressés à publier le travail de caricaturistes canadiens ne peuvent pas demander de financement pour défrayer en une partie des coûts. Si un éditeur choisit néanmoins de publier un livre de dessins, le livre ne peut même pas être pris en compte dans une évaluation de l'admissibilité de l'éditeur pour le financement de ses fonds, ni les livres admissibles pour les Prix littéraires du Gouverneur général. Romanciers graphiques sont également exclus de ces attributions.

 Compte tenu de la qualité artistique de la caricature canadienne, son importance culturelle, son rôle central dans la compréhension de la société canadienne et de l'histoire, et son attrait aux lecteurs de tous âges, le Conseil des Arts  du Canada devrait appuyer le travail des caricaturistes et celui des éditeurs intéressés à publier leur travail. L'Association canadienne des dessinateurs éditoriaux est idéalement placée pour faire pression en faveur d'un tel changement dans la politique du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

 Et nous savons que les membres AICC sont bons pour faire valoir leur point de vue.

 Terry Mosher (Aislin)

 président sortant

 Association canadienne des dessinateurs éditoriaux

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 2 years ago

      I love cartooning.

    • Neil Bailey SASKATOON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Hey, Canada Council. If none of these appeals to include cartoonists in literary grants are convincing, then please try this out: it is cheaper than the alternative.

      The Inter-Arts funding guidelines state that to be "eligible for funding from this program, the proposed activities must fall outside the framework of existing funding programs offered by the Canada Council’s Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, or Writing and Publishing sections."

      The max funding for Inter-Arts is $30,000 (for collaborations). The max for Writing & Publishing is $25,000.

      Including cartoonists in the definitions of Writing & Publishing programs will save the government money.

    • Tom Pajak CALGARY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because I believe that cartoonists-and the people who publish their work-need public support. Canada has a historically rich and disproportionally large amount of world-renowned cartoonists in it. Making Canadian cartoonists now and for the future eligible for CCA support will benefit our unique heritage and identity. Thank you.

    • Derek Chezzi TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I support the work of cartoonists and value the voice they bring to each conversation.

    • James Grasdal EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      A scathing cartoon or two are already beginning to form...


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