Love cartoons? Former resident, author to unveil his top picks June 27 at county library

Marty Gatlin prepares to take a spin in the Flinestone-mobile from the famous cartoon “The Flintstones.”
Marty Gatlin prepares to take a spin in the Flinestone-mobile from the famous cartoon “The Flintstones.”

CARROLLTON – Award-winning author and former Free Press Standard sports editor and Carrollton resident Marty Gitlin will host a fun and funny presentation about his new book, “A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History” June 27 at 2 p.m. at the Carroll County District Library as part of the summer reading program.

Gitlin, an author and pop culture historian, published the book, co-authored by Joe Wos, one of the foremost experts on the subject in the United States. They are the first to actually rank in book form the funniest, coolest and most influential cartoon characters to appear on the small screen.

His presentations include highly entertaining clips with attendees being amused and captivated by the antics of Bugs Bunny, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Powerpuff Girls and his favorite character, Bullwinkle J. Moose.

Kids will learn about the characters of old and adults will gain a greater knowledge about those their children have embraced.

The program features funny cartoon snippets and trivia, as well as cartoon-related games for any children in the audience. Gitlin will explain the criteria used to rank the best of the best, as well as the historical and cultural significance of such cartoon characters as Mickey Mouse, Popeye, Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Autographed and personalized copies of the book will be available for purchase.

A class clown, he put his silly side to good use as an adult when he transformed his love for breakfast cereals into the highly acclaimed Great American Cereal Book (Harry Abrams, 2012).

Gitlin has authored more than 140 books since 2006, most of them in the educational realm. He has gained increased notoriety for his sports and pop culture trade books in recent years, including The Greatest Sitcoms of All-Time (Globe Pequot, 2013) and Powerful Moments in Sports: The Most Significant Sporting Events in American History (Rowman and Littlefield).

He won more than 45 writing awards as a newspaper journalist from 1991 to 2002, including first place for general excellence from the Associated Press, the organization who selected him as one of the top four feature writers in Ohio.

The Carroll County District Library is located at 70 2nd St. NE, Carrollton. For more information, call 330-627-2613.