(Editor: Throughout the month of March, across our Blog and Social Media platforms, we will celebrate #GCPLComicsMonth, featuring Blog posts from staff offering comic, graphic novel, manga/anime, movie titles, and more. We will also be featuring Blog posts from local graphic novelists, cartoonists, authors, and others. This post comes from author Marty Gitlin, who had a table and served as part of a panel at Wizard World last weekend. He will be visiting a number our buildings soon. Read on!)

It’s always about relating to people when talking about my new book, A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History. The only difference at the Cleveland Comic Con this past weekend was that I was relating to people with outrageous costumes and painted faces.

They were approaching me from every aisle. People dressed up as Chewbacca. Or Spider-Man. Or Doctor Who. Have you ever seen Batman texting a friend? Could it have been Robin?


Nobody wore a Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck costume, but the attendees were sure interested in all the cartoon characters in my book. And that made me very happy. They leafed through the pages and asked questions. How did I rank the best of the best? Why did I place Mickey Mouse behind Donald Duck? Did Huckleberry Hound get into the Top 100? How about Pepe Le Pew? I answered many questions. But with others, I told them they needed to read the book to find out.

Sneaky, right?

Image result for marty gitlin a celebration of animationWhat I did make clear is that the book is a blast. And I told them all about my upcoming library presentations in Geauga County and around Northeast Ohio. They are going to be so much fun! And that means a lot to me. Making the events as enjoyable and interesting as the book is important because, just as I wrote in the beginning, it’s all about relating to people. And I appreciate every person that attends my presentations. We have such a great time.

Several of events are scheduled for A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History. Oh, and just so you know, that’s basically the greatest cartoon characters ever. All your favorites from theatrical shorts that had any impact on TV are in the book as well – from Warner Brothers to Disney to Terrytoons to MGM to Walter Lantz. There are 90 years of wonderful cartoon characters in the book.

We’ll watch funny and fun cartoon snippets. We’ll play cartoon trivia. Kids in the audience will play cartoon-related games. We will discuss the criteria used to rank the top cartoon characters of all-time and their historical significance. We’ll have a great time. Here is a list of my presentations, as well as the Northcoast Writers’ Showcase. See you there!

Here are Marty’s upcoming events. Registration for those with an asterisk begins on April 15. 

Northcoast Writer’s Showcase: Sat., April 28 from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Register here

*Bainbridge Branch: Sun., June 3, 2 p.m.

*Geauga West Branch: Tues., June 26, 7  p.m.

*Chardon Branch: Wed., June 27, 7 p.m.

*Middlefield Branch: Wed., July 19, 7 p.m.


Image result for the sneetches and other storiesMarty is currently reading The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss.