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Cartoonist Jimmy Johnson is part of an effort to save and repurpose a historic but vacant parsonage as a center for art and humanity.
Cartoonist Jimmy Johnson is part of an effort to save and repurpose a historic but vacant parsonage as a center for art and humanity.
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The Parsonage in Camp Hill
The Parsonage in Camp Hill

Restoring the Parsonage to Life, and Vice Versa

This project is very personal for me. I would not say the restoration was my idea, but at every opportunity I have egged on my fellows in the First Universalist Church to undertake it. I am not simply lending my name to someone else's good cause. As have others, I have contributed my own money and spent many hours at the parsonage, wielding crowbars and slinging paint. So, any support you might provide will be as a literal helping hand to friends and to me.  

A Unitarian Universalist congregation, the First Universalist Church of Camp Hill is seriously committed to optimizing life in this world. Located in the heart of Camp Hill, a rural town suffering its own indignities at the hands of time, the parsonage would be a space not just for members but also writers, musicians and thinkers, a torch to pass to the creative young citizens who are waking forgotten neighborhoods and towns all over the U.S.

We are an older congregation, few in number and modest in means. At any given moment there are thousands of old homes undergoing renovation, but the parsonage represents a gigantic undertaking for our little fellowship. It stretches us to our limit, and we welcome that. However, we're not too proud to ask for help!

Jimmy Johnson,  Creator of Arlo & Janis

P.S. We might even have a show of cartoon art some day!

Risks and challenges

The worst that can happen is the overhaul of the parsonage might never be completed. Believe me: I think about that, especially late at night. Work is underway now, but it will take us longer alone, and the flesh is weak. With your support, it is almost certain we can finish plumbing and painting an old house. Without it, maybe not quite so certain.

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    A big floppy "Thank You!"

    Receive a special-edition Thank You card, designed and individually autographed by the cartoonist and screen printed by local artist Daniel Ray. Printed on 5X7 card stock and suitable for framing! I hope to send out a lot of these: regrettably, it won't be possible to personalize your autograph on this item.

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    Download an "original" A&J Comic Strip!

    You get a digital copy of the art for an "Arlo and Janis" newspaper comic strip for your personal pleasure. Big whoop, huh? Well, this won't be just any copy! This is a 600 dpi, full size bitmap file, the very same as I send to the syndicate to be reproduced for newspapers and the Web. You can print it on high-quality paper and voila! It's virtually indistinguishable from an original and ready for framing. I guarantee your cartoon will be a good example of the strip and of my work. Exact size of the artwork is 13.5 in. X 4.25 in. No, it won't be signed. It's a digital file, remember?

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    The Book "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis"

    There are still a few left! It is, of course, the well-received hardback volume of the best cartoons from 25 years of "Arlo & Janis." These books come with a doodle and a personalized inscription on the flyleaf. No second printing is planned, so get one while you can, and help us out at the same time. And no additional shipping charge!

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    The Car Shirt!

    This is the familiar T shirt based on the iconic logo of the Arlo & Janis Web site. It is available only in short sleeve and in Carolina blue, natural or gray, sizes S-XXXL.

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    The Cat Shirt!

    This is the other T shirt you know and love, based on Ludwig the Cat. It is available only in short sleeve and in red, gold or black, sizes S-XXXL.

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    Special Edition T Shirt!

    This will be a high-quality 100% cotton T, with artwork created especially for the parsonage project. Available only here, only now!

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    An Original Sketch of Arlo and Janis

    Just what it says, an original sketch of the characters Arlo and Janis, drawn with India ink on 8X10 paper and hand-colored by the cartoonist.

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    An Original Sketch of Ludwig the Cat

    As above, but featuring Ludwig the cat. Would make an excellent emergency dust pan.

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    "Arlo & Janis After Dark," a new book!

    OK, This one is a biggie. It is a new collection of over 200 of 'those' cartoons, the cartoons that put marital relations in comic-strip marriage. Warning!!!! These cartoons are for general audiences! Cartoons that seemed shocking alongside 'Snuffy Smith' and 'Family Circus' are going to seem tame viewed together in one place. You have been warned! However, if you want to take the chance, the book does include comments by the cartoonist and a smattering of original art. (Don't get your hopes up there, either.) There are no plans to offer this book outside the fundraiser, so this could be your only chance. Paperback. Approximately 150 pages. Some cartoons appeared previously in "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis." Note: this book currently is being compiled as a reward for this project; delivery time is November of this year.

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    Both Books and Get $10 Off!

    Both A&J books, "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis" and "Arlo & Janis After Dark" AND a $10 discount!

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    Grab Bag of Original A&J Artwork

    You get an original "Arlo & Janis" comic strip, signed by the cartoonist. If you've followed auctions and art sales on my Web site in the past, you know this is about as cheap as they come. The only catch is, you don't choose the art. I do. I will guarantee that it will include both title characters and will be a quality example of the humor and style of A&J.

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    The Book and a Strip and a $10 discount!

    You get the new book, "Arlo & Janis after Dark" and an original "Arlo & Janis" comic strip, from the Grab Bag. The only catch is, you don't choose the art. I do. But I guarantee that it will include both title characters and will be a quality example of the humor and style of A&J.

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    Just as it says, any four single-item rewards. But no duplicates, please. Choose wisely.

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