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Saturday, April 23 was Cartoon Limbo's
Cartoon Contest Final Round and Winners:
The Final Round of the "Cartoon Limbo" Cartoon Contest at Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ

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"Cartoon Limbo" host and curator Lewis Matheney visited local schools and talked with students about perseverance and how that "no" sometimes means "try, try again."
Eighteen finalists of the nearly 300 entries from local schools made it to this final round of judging.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were chosen for grades 1 - 3, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were chosen for grades 4 - 6, for a total of 6 winners. Prizes were awarded to the 6 winners,
including gift certificates to Disney Store and Blick Art Supplies, family memberships for MOCCA (Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art) in New York City, caricatures of winners by local artists, plus much more.

All of the nearly 300 entries were on display at The Saw Mill along with the 18 finalists and 6 winners.

Friday, April 22 was Cartoon Limbo's.Film Night
at Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ
Animated cartoons featuring some of the artists featured in "Cartoon Limbo," plus a few surprise cartoon classics.

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        "Gerald McBoing-Boing" (8 min., 1951)
The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

        "The Unicorn in The Garden" (7 min., 1953)
Based on the James Thurber short fable of the same name, "The Unicorn in the Garden" has the classic elements of a Thurber tale - a hen-pecked husband and a domineering wife, not to mention a unicorn (or as the domineering wife calls it, a "mythical beast"). Voted one of the 50 Greatest Cartoons, "The Unicorn...." reminds us with its surprise ending: "Don't count your boobies until they are hatched."
"Rabbit Rampage"  (7 min., 1955)
Bugs Bunny disagrees with the cartoonist who creates him over how he should be drawn. Guess who wins the disagreement?

We had three surprise cartoon classics whose subject matter was DRAWING.  Cash prizes were awarded to two winners who were able to guess the title of one of the films.
The three films were:
         "Duck Amuck" (7 min., 1953)
The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

         "Harold and the Purple Crayon" (1959)
A little boy takes a walk, using his purple crayon to create everything he encounters along the way, including an apple tree, a dragon, an ocean, a picnic, a hill, a hot-air balloon and a big city.

          "A Cartoonist's Nightmare" (1935)
A cartoonist is pulled into the drawing board and world he has created where he falls victim to the very villains he has drawn. It's up to Beans the Cat to save the day.

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Saturday, April 16 was Cartoon Limbo's A Conversation With Stan Goldberg
at Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ

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The legendary Stan Goldberg has been a comic book artist for over 60 years, having started his career at in 1949, at age 16, as a staff colorist for Timely Comics, now known as Marvel. Two years later, Stan became the color department manager, and colored not just the interior pages but every cover for the rest of the decade. In 1958, he went freelance but continued to color all Marvel comics until the mid-1960s. As “Stan G” he was the color designer for all classic Marvel super heroes and villains of the 1960s, including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The Hulk. Stan Goldberg's name is synonymous with Archie Comics, with his work appearing in most of the company's titles at one time or another. From 1975 - 1980, he also drew the Archie Sunday newspaper strip. 
Stan Goldberg was joined by exhibit curator and host Lewis Matheney for an interview and Q & A with the audience, followed by a book signing of "
Archie: Best of Stan Goldberg." 
Friday, April 9 was Cartoon Limbo's Closing Night Ceremonies
at New Hope Arts Center

With Monica Sheehan and
Live Music by City Rain 

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We had a Meet and Greet and Book Signing with L.A. Times best-selling author and illustrator Monica Sheehan. Sheehan's cartoons have been featured in Real Simple magazine, as well as in 12 books that she has written and illustrated. Among her titles are: "Be Happy: A Little Book to Help You Live a Happy Life," "Be Green: Don't Be Blue, Be Green. How to Help Save Our Planet," "The Book of Love," "The Breakup Book: The First 28 Days," and "Love is You and Me."

Philadelphia's City Rain, voted Featured Philly Artist by "Deli" magazine played mostly acoustic version of some of their songs.
Click here to check out a YouTube video of their performance

Friday, April 1 was Cartoon Limbo's April Fools With Mort Todd
at New Hope Arts Center

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Mort Todd, Editor-in-Chief for Cracked magazine (1987-'90) and Editor for Marvel Comics (1992-'95), discussed his rich and diverse experience in the world of comics and cartooning.
Todd has written and illustrated for the new Tales from the Crypt comic series, and completed new comic books featuring Lucy Hell, Devilgirl and Mr. Krime. With his long-time collaborator Cliff Mott, Todd has created and directed three new animated cartoons for Playboy. Todd started his own imprint, AAA, which published the first authorized collection of Bill Ward's pin-ups in W.O.W. (World of Ward). 

Thursday, March 31  was Cartoon Limbo's.Film Night
at New Hope Arts Center

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First on the roster were three short films that examine the universal experience of rejection in the business of cartooning and comic art. We then had a few cartoon classics and a surprise cartoon to close the night.
      "Some Encounters With Thurber" (11 min., 1954)
From the "Omnibus" television series, this is an excerpt from Alastair Cooke's interview with James Thurber. Thurber discusses his near blindness and the rejection of his early work by "New Yorker."

       "Brian Cronin on Superman" (12 min., 2008)
Brian Cronin, blogger for Comics Should Be Good
is interviewed by Lewis Matheney and discusses Superman's near early demise at the hands of his creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, as he was thrown in the fire during a five-year period in which the superhero was rejected by publishers at every turn.

       "Rejected: A Film By Don Hertzfeldt" (9 min., 2000)
An animator's commissioned works, rejected because of their increasingly absurd and violent tone (reflecting the animator's own progressive breakdown), eventually find their entire animated world collapsing in upon itself.


On Monday, March 7,  I spoke to the Cartoon Class at West Amwell School, West Amwell, NJ.
I'm betting there are more than a few future professional cartoonists and comic artists in this group.
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On, Wednesday, March 2, I spoke to students at Delaware Township School in Sergeantsville, NJ
about the "Cartoon Limbo" exhibit and contest. This was a part of their Read Acrosss America week,
with a focus on Dr. Seuss, who will be featured in "Cartoon Limbo."
Thanks to George Pacciello and the "Hunterdon County Democrat" for their coverage of the event.
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In December, I joined Prallsville Mill volunteers for the Annual Craft Show where I promoted "Cartoon Limbo,"
which was later featured at The Prallsville Mill's historic and recently renovated Saw Mill building (April 15 - 27, 2011).

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On Tuesday, October 10,
I spoke to two groups at the
Stockton School in Stockton, NJ:
Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade through 6th Grade.
As a part of career focus with both groups,
I discussed cartooning and writing as a career.

For the 3rd - 6th grade group,
I discusssed
Cartoon Limbo
and announced
the Cartoon Contest taking place during
the Cartoon Limbo exhibit
 at New Hope Arts Center
and Prallsville Mill in March and April.

            On Saturday, June 12, I hosted an event that benefited Tabby’s Place, a sanctuary for cats located in Ringoes, New Jersey.

The event was entitled “Zoom Cat Zoom!” and was a poetry and art walk that took place in Lambertville, New Jersey and New Hope, Pennsylvania from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Participants were given a playbill with poetry from my book “Zoom Cat Zoom!” and a map that led them through a short walking tour of Lambertville and New Hope. They matched poetry in the playbill with art from the book that they found at ten merchants and stores in both towns.

In addition to art at each location, participants found postcards that showed a Tabby’s Place cat in need of adoption. The postcards were designed to be mailed so that participants who could not adopt a cat were able spread the word about the cats to friends and family for the cost of just a few postage stamps.

June is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month and my plan was to raise awareness of cats in need of adoption at the sanctuary as well as highlighting the enormous number of services that they offer. The facility is cage-free and operates an adoption center, as well as a hospital and a hospice facility.  The facility treats and cares for cats that come from around the world for the specialized care they might be given for everything from cancer and diabetes to heart disease and blindness.

The “Zoom Cat Zoom!” walk  began at Left Bank Books, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, where participants found a drop-off bin for various items that Tabby’s Place needs to have donated. The donation bin was flowing over by the end of the event. Click here to see a list of items they still need.

The walk also highlighted points of interest in both towns and concluded at New Hope Arts Center, where all participants in the walk received goody bags and enjoyed complimentary food and beverages.

We asked for no rain - we got sweltering heat and humidity. I'm so appreciative of everyone who came out to support this great cause in spite of the tough weather.

Participants in the Event
Participants in the Event

      Here's a list of merchants
                     who generously donated space for art and postcards:

          Left Bank Books, Lambertville, NJ   
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          The Frame Shop, Lambertville, NJ   Click here
          No. 63, Lambertville, NJ  Click here
          Lime Boutique, Lambertville, NJ  Click here
          Reinboth, Lambertville, NJ  Click here
          Lambertville Trading Company, Lambertville, NJ   Click here
          Farley's Bookshop, New Hope, PA   Click here
          Thirteen Vintage Clothing, New Hope, PA  Click here
Crafted Naturally, New Hope, PA   Click here
          Zoubi Food Store, New Hope, PA   Click here

          Thanks to Christine and New Hope Arts Center
          for hosting particpants at the end of the event.

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