Monday, September 12, 2016

Cleveland, OH: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Cartoon Collage

Terri Libenson, whose Pajama Diaries comic strip is in newspapers all over, organized this cartoonist collage for the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital on the East Side of Cleveland. The collage is a display of all original cartoon art by:

  • Jim Allen
  • Mark Anderson,
  • Sunny Artanis,
  • Tom Batiuk
  • Jim Borgman
  • Charles Brubaker
  • Jenny Campbell
  • Dave Coverly
  • Brian Crane
  • Rich Diesslin
  • Scott Ebisch
  • Hy Eisman
  • Jan Eliot (2 pieces)
  • Graham Harrop
  • Bill Holbrook
  • Scott Jensen
  • Polly Keener
  • Rick Kirkman
  • Jeff Knurek
  • Terri Libenson
  • Mike Lynch
  • Jef Mallett
  • Mark Parisi
  • Jeff Parker
  • Stephan Pastis
  • Lincoln Peirce
  • Hilary Price
  • John Rose
  • Pat Sandy
  • George Schill
  • Maria Scrivan
  • John Steventon
  • Mark Tatulli
  • Bill Watterson
  • Wayno

It's hung in alphabetical order. 

(Above: Detail from the Cartoon Collage; Terry Libenson's drawing and mine.)

This charitable project was inspired by Terri's daughter. Here's Terri with the backstory:

"Last October, my younger daughter celebrated a Bat Mitzvah. Part of reaching this milestone included performing a charitable service of her choice. She chose to gather a large group of friends and paint small canvases (with cheerful, “outdoorsy” themes) to give to patients at Cleveland’s renowned Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. In addition, each friend also contributed a new stuffed animal to accompany these paintings. The party was a big success. 
"In addition, my husband, Mike, suggested we do an adjoining project for the hospital. We would ask professional cartoonists to donate small character sketches that we’d collect together to form a large, collaborative “collage.” This could be hung in the hospital for patients and visitors to enjoy. 
"I agreed it was a great idea. I put a call out for b/w 5″ x 5″ character sketches, and over the next few months we received a steady stream of contributions. The artwork included a variety of media, from Sharpie drawings, to pencil sketches, to ink washes, to a full-on painting."
Here are some detail shots from Terri's blog:

The framed collage will be on permanent display at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH.

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