L. Ganss Too Many Summers

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Too Many Summers

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Aiming her pen at such sacred cows as clueless visitors, beloved festivals, questionable architecture and The Shack on the Causeway (RIP!), L. Ganss whimsically explores the ironies and eccentricities of a summer resort in all its seasons and temperaments. Jam-packed with 230 favorites culled from over two decades of Artoons originally published in Long Beach Island's SandPaper, this collection draws inspiration from the local quirks and rituals of this 18-mile-long Jersey Shore sandbar lovingly known as ''LBI'' and the equally inspiring ''just-over-the-bridge'' mainland. From ''Vacation (Hell)'' and ''Strange Days'' to summer bucket lists and dubious landmarks, Artoon fans will find many of their favorites here and newcomers will be happily immersed in the humorous consequences of too many summers.

''Three decades into the one-woman art show that is the weekly Artoon, L. Ganss shows no signs of exhausting the absurdities, ironies and follies that animate her portrait of the beach scene and the bay life.'' -- from the Foreword

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A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, L. Ganss got a summer job at the fledgling Jersey Shore weekly SandPaper, designing and producing ads and illustrations. In that pre-digital world, over-qualified art students, armed with thick portfolios, would find entry-level employment doing ''paste-up'' in the production departments of newspapers and other publications. She eventually became art director of the paper (for 18 years; there have only been two people in that role). The cartoons that first appeared in the mid-1980s were simple, whimsical-yet-off-beat drawings, floating from the calendar section to the editorial page before becoming firmly rooted there under the heading ''Artoon by L. Ganss.'' Although she left the paper to design books, she continued her weekly contribution. Ganss claims she can only produce her Artoon under the pressure of her ''traditional'' Monday night deadline, but is constantly aided by ideas she scrawls on scraps of paper. Beyond topical cartoons and graphic design, she paints, re-purposes and up-cycles found objects, helps diamondback terrapins cross roads during nesting season, and has held a baby osprey. This is her second published collection. Her family's home is in Harvey Cedars and she lives across the bay surrounded by the tidal creeks and salt marsh of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

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''A celebration of the chuckle-worthy among the familiar -- a loving send-up of this seasonal, mostly beautiful, sometimes maddening, way of life. The cartoons' widespread appeal works on multiple levels, amusing both the first-time visitor and longtime locals alike.'' --The SandPaper (Long Beach Island, NJ)

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