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?
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.