Picks and Pans Review: Greetings for Africa
As Barbara Dale watched the efforts of musicians to fight famine in Africa, she decided to do more than buy the LP or videotape. Dale, co-creator with husband Jim Dale (not the actor) of Working Woman greeting cards, contacted fellow cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, creator of the syndicated Cathy strip. They developed the concept of a U.S. cartoon-artists-for-Africa greeting card. Dale and Guisewite negotiated more than 100 contributions of cartoon art. They created a 25-inch foldout collage, in which Betty Boop rubs shoulders with Mike Doonesbury and the venerable Mary Worth hobnobs with Gary Larson's whacked-out cows. But don't look for the Peanuts gang. Hallmark, which holds the greeting-card rights to Snoopy et al., declined to let them join the crowd. Happily many other stars of America's funny pages cared enough to send their very best. (The card costs $1.75; the artists and Recycled Paper Products, the distributor, donate all profits to USA for Africa.)
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