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Discovery of 10,000 cartoons on 30 years of "junk mail" that reveals the tales of Broccolihead, the cartoonists' apparent alter ego

The Cartoonist

"The Cartoonist"

The story of Broccolihead and friends.

For mysterious and unknown reasons, you break into big belly laughs when you first come into contact with Broccolihead. A likable, and seemingly ( he’ll fool you ) uninteresting character with no apparent purpose in life and definitely no aspirations….. other than being a vegetable.

Watch in train wreck fashion as Broccolihead stumbles into living the coveted “Hollywood” dream life style. Share the experience with him! Meet his family, his friends and be totally overwhelmed by his luck and underwhelmed by his attitude.

Watch him stumble into his creation of a successful newspaper comic strip, which then becomes a TV series, live and animated, a novel, and finally morphs into a big time motion picture, only to see his career wither away……into the desert…. without a whimper….. ……

But who really cares anyway? Ahhhh….. as made  famous by Seinfeld…right?

The source material is an amazing treasure trove of cartoons, doodled on "junk mail" and lovingly stashed over a 30 year period. Most are drawn in ink on both sides of the collective "junk mail" ….over 10,000 cartoons so far. These creations spoke to the discoverer, Mr. John Lamb. He took on the task to carefully scan and archive each one, placing them into 28 natural categories. Suddenly, the most delicious of discoveries happened…..they fit together into a story!….Was it intentional or coincidence? The random Broccolihead cartoons began to call out to the perplexed Mr. Lamb as the tale emerged……

 This entire process began with John’s friend and former Disney animator, Gary Mooney, who passed away in 2008. Shortly thereafter, John was visiting Garys' widow Samantha at their home in Central California. As they were talking, he noticed a stack of junk mail, covered with doodled cartoons, on the kitchen counter and was immediately taken in by them.

 The quality and craftsmanship in each thumbnail sized drawing was impeccable. John looked a little closer and said " Wow, these are outrageous! ” Samantha responded with "Yeah?....Well there's 20 full bags in that room over there, if you're that interested ". John was.

With the support and advice of John’s good friend and long time animation partner Russ Mooney ( Gary’s nephew ), John began the task of scanning, then painstakingly archiving all 20 bags of the junk mail art.

 For 3 long years, each cartoon has been tediously segregated from the envelopes, cleaned up and cataloged. Broccolihead became the axis of the collection, which ended up falling into 28 natural categories that branch off from this main Broccolihead theme.

 It became readily apparent to John and Russ that Broccolihead was the alter ego of Gary Mooney, the cartoonist. This stupendous body of work, all rendered free hand in ink (with no chance of erasing), in random order, over a 30 year period. The most spectacular part of this entire discovery is that these delightful drawings were done days, weeks and even years apart, yet they hook up seamlessly, creating the Broccolihead tale as though they had been done in consecutive order.

 "The Cartoonist" became the natural title for this work.

 The found bags of junk mail art were not the only work left to us by Gary Mooney. As a child, beginning at 4 years old, every major stage of his art and entire career had been lovingly saved and was duly re-discovered. High school yearbooks, journalism class and college editorial sports cartoons and newspaper submissions as well as professional gag cartoons, all been saved and well preserved, ready to be enjoyed by the world at some later time. Broccolihead and the junk mail art are only a small fragment of Gary's amazingly prolific creative life. Broccolihead gives us all a unique first peek into the breathtaking window of this creators mind. 

To see this great art in its' random raw form, be sure to visit our "Broccolihead and Friends" website attachment.

Our hopes and purpose for this Kickstarter expedition is to fund the final stage of production for our project and will require 3 more months of editing, clean up, final  publishing preparation, binding and all print costs for a humorous and beautiful hardcover, art bound coffee table book, a peek into the crazy world of Gary Mooney's mind, to be treasured and enjoyed for generations to come.

 An animated film/documentary is also in the works.

Thank You for your time and consideration.

Broccolihead and Friends

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    A "throw your money into the hat" plan to show support and solidarity for the vegetable kingdom and to wish Broccolihead "good luck" .

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    a hearty "thank you" on a return broccolihead postcard with a random framable cartoon from the book, signed by the creators. Collect all 12 with separate pledges..

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    A tasty Broccolihead "Cartoonist" doodle pad, sweet sticker and a very nice framable envelope copy of Gary Mooneys work with a "thank you for being a supporter" signed by the creators .shipping included

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    "The Cartoonist" a beautifully bound, handsome hard cover coffee table book, 9 1/2 x 12 .. signed by the creators, AND ALL THE ABOVE...( that super cool Broccolihead limited edition T-shirt, the framable envelope copy of Gary Mooneys work with a "thank you for being a supporter" signed by the creators and of course, a tasty Broccolihead sticker .shipping included

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    "The Cartoonist" .a beautifully bound, handsome hard cover table book, 9 1/2 x 12 ..with your name in the book in 6 pt.type, thanking you for being a supporter, signed by the creators .A tasty Broccolihead "Cartoonist" doodle pad, sweet sticker . A super cool Broccolihead limited edition T-shirt, the framable envelope copy of Gary Mooneys work with a "thank you for being a supporter" signed by the creators and that tasty Broccolihead sticker! .shipping included

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    "The Cartoonist" .a beautifully bound, handsome hard cover coffee table book, 9 1/2 x 12 ..with your name in the book in 8 pt.type plus a framed commemorative envelope with a photo of Gary and the front cover of the Cartoonist.. AND ALL THE ABOVE...(A tasty Broccolihead "Cartoonist" doodle pad, sweet sticker thanking you for being a benefactor, signed by the creators...that super cool Broccolihead limited edition T-shirt, the framable envelope copy of Gary Mooneys work with a "thank you for being a supporter" signed by the creators and of course, the Broccolihead sticker!) .shipping included

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