RECLAIMING FELIX THE CAT

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Animation director Raul Garcia just got back from a trip overseas and brought me a present: the 20 page color booklet published in conjunction with an exhibit at the State Library of New South Wales, Reclaiming Felix The Cat.This current exhibit, running now through August 7th, recounts the story of Australian Pat Sullivan (pictured above), orginally from Sydney, who settled in New York in 1914 and later “created” Felix The Cat. The exhibition (and booklet) is loaded with rare merchandise, photographs and memoribilia – but little mention is made of Felix cartoonist Otto Messmer, in fact they down play Messmer’s role in Felix’s popularity and seem determined to make a hero out of Sullivan.Nonetheless, the exhibit is worth checking out. You can take a virtual tour (and download the booklet as a PDF file) by clicking here.