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Pro-Life Comic Strip Umbert the Unborn!
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Posted on 09/20/2004 4:37:25 PM PDT by cpforlife.org

Pro-Life Comic Strip Umbert the Unborn!

Umbert is now reaching more than 400,000 readers nationwide. He has been picked up by approximately 20 publications as well as many Church bulletins. The political left and right have cartoonists who make their points. The pro-life movement has Umbert.

FROM: http://www.beliefnet.com/story/140/story_14007_1.html

'Umbert the Unborn' Comic Strip Draws Fans

Cartoon fetus is 'a prenatal Bob Hope, entertaining the front-line troops of the pro-life cause,' says creator.

By Tim Drake, National Catholic Register

Reprinted with permission of the National Catholic Register.

SCRANTON, Pa. - Illustrator Gary Cangemi is not a cartoon, but he felt like one when he conceived his pro-life comic character Umbert the Unborn.

"The proverbial cartoon light bulb went off above my head," Cangemi said.

Little did he expect the cartoon would draw the nationwide attention it has. Cangemi hopes the comic strip's success will translate into success for the pro-life movement.

Cangemi created the comic strip in spring 2001. He had been working as a freelance graphic artist for 20 years, but he was dissatisfied with his work.

"I hadn't really produced anything that I could look back and be proud of," he said.

Cangemi's mother had recently died from cancer, and he was seeking a new direction for his career.

"I felt my mother urging me to pray for God's guidance," he recalled. "So I prayed, 'God, please give me a direction to go with my career.'"

While thumbing through an old scrapbook, Cangemi stumbled across a four-panel political editorial cartoon he had created 10 years earlier for his "Off the Board" feature in Scranton's newspaper, The Metro. In the cartoon, the baby overhears the voice of an abortionist describing the child as an "unviable, unwanted piece of protoplasm." At the end of the cartoon the baby cries out, "Speak for yourself!"

As soon as I saw the baby's face, the light bulb went off," Cangemi said.

Cangemi proceeded to draw a dozen sample comic strips and soon realized his character needed a name.

"I wanted a name that sounded heroic," he explained, "like Richard the Lionhearted, but I wanted it to be alliterative so I came up with ' _____ the Unborn.'"

At first, he was unable to come up with a "U" name until he remembered the name of an author he had recently read - Umberto Eco.

"Umberto sounded too ethnic," Cangemi said. "So I knocked off the 'o,' and Umbert was conceived."

Before sending the cartoon off to newspapers, Cangemi wanted the input of a colleague. He approached Father James Paisley, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Parish in Laflin, Pa.

"Gary expected that I would think it was a cute idea and move on from there," Father Paisley said, "but I was overwhelmed with the potential the project had. The cartoon gives a name, face and personality to the unborn baby within. I started laughing because I was thrilled by it."

Within a week, with Father Paisley's assistance, Cangemi obtained then Scranton Bishop James Timlin's blessing. With that, Cangemi sent the cartoon off to about 150 Catholic newspapers.

"The very first telephone call I received was from executive editor Tom Hoopes at the National Catholic Register," Cangemi said. "He told me he loved it and he wanted to use it on [the paper's] Culture of Life page."

The cartoon made its debut in the Register in June 2001 and has been gaining exposure ever since.

Breathing Life

Cangemi possesses a vivid imagination. He has illustrated Umbert as an astronaut and a deep-sea diver. He's got him using a computer connected to the "Interwomb" to send "pre-mail," playing sports and even hosting his own game show - "Unborn Babies in Jeopardy." He's also drawn an embryonic version of Umbert.

"I want to show that Umbert is a person at all phases," Cangemi said. "There is no trimester in which Umbert becomes a person. He's a person from the moment of conception."

The cartoon has resonated well with a variety of audiences - pro-life advocates, expectant mothers and fathers, and children. One 7-year-old boy from Kentucky wrote to ask when Umbert was going to be born.

"He's been in there long enough," Kevin wrote. "Don't you think it's time for him to be born?"

Cangemi wrote back saying that, like Charlie Brown, Umbert is a cartoon character who is frozen in time. He told him that if Umbert is born, the cartoon will end, and he made Kevin a promise.

"I promised him that the day all unborn children have the legal right to be born, that will be Umbert's birthday," Cangemi said. "It's a promise that I hope I will live long enough to keep."

The cartoon is currently read by more than 400,000 readers nationwide. It has been picked up by approximately 20 publications as well as many parish bulletins.

In December, Circle Media (the Register's parent company) will publish Umbert the Unborn: A Womb with a View. The book features a collection of 120 full-color cartoons as well as a series of page-by-page illustrations of Umbert developing from a single cell to a full-term baby and an array of Umbert's educational facts of life.

Cangemi, who has three children of his own, hopes the book can help educate children and change hearts and minds on the issue of abortion in a non-threatening way.

"If we can raise a whole generation of children respecting life - for whom it would be inconceivable to want to kill Umbert, the tide will turn," he said.

Cangemi has other plans for spreading Umbert's message. He is unveiling the Umbert Web site, complete with an animated version of Umbert. In addition, he is launching a daily version of the cartoon for Catholic.net, and he also plans to offer the comic strip for syndication in the mainstream press.

He stresses the importance of using humor.

"Charles Schulz was the first cartoonist to introduce Christian themes into a mainstream art form," Cangemi said. "I see Umbert as a kind of prenatal Bob Hope, entertaining the front-line troops of the pro-life cause and giving them a much-needed morale boost."

September 16, 2004 /
Umbert the Unborn: A Womb with a View

The unborn child finally has a voice of his own! Gary Cangemi is the creative genius who has given "unbirth" to the world's first syndicated pro-life, prenatal cartoon baby. This full-size 80-page book is full of "Umbert" cartoons which proclaim the message of LIFE. Each page also contains an "Umbert's Facts of Life" message as well as cartoon pictures showing the growth development of a baby. These along with the cartoons present a moving pro-life message, 80 pp.


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: cartoons; cartoonstrip; comic; prolife; umbert
Umbert the Unborn - Daily Cartoon
1 posted on 09/20/2004 4:37:26 PM PDT by cpforlife.org
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To: MHGinTN; Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; ...
Very Positive Pro-Life PING!!

Please let me know if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

2 posted on 09/20/2004 4:39:45 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (Am I a part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease? Singing.... You are, you are, you are)
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To: cpforlife.org

"A Womb with a View" ... outstanding.

Thanks for the pings, cp.


3 posted on 09/20/2004 4:41:56 PM PDT by Askel5 († Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. †)
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To: AnnaZ

Very cute cartoons


4 posted on 09/20/2004 4:45:45 PM PDT by Feiny (Here's to swimmin with bow legged women!)
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To: familyop; MHGinTN; Mr. Silverback; Coleus

ping


5 posted on 09/20/2004 4:45:55 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: cpforlife.org
Thank you for this post and thank you Lord for sending the calvary with reinforcements just when we needed them!
6 posted on 09/20/2004 4:46:10 PM PDT by NickFlooding
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To: cpforlife.org
Cute little guy.

This could be really good for kids, it puts a face and personality on someone that is hidden from their view and interaction for the first nine months of their life.

When sex ed gets to them, the kids will have the perception of a living, comunicating small human child, not a lump called a fetus (what's that?).

7 posted on 09/20/2004 4:48:52 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
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To: cpforlife.org

GOD BLESS HIM!


8 posted on 09/20/2004 4:49:18 PM PDT by anonsquared (NO BLOOD FOR CONVENIENCE - OVERTURN ROE V WADE)
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To: shaggy eel

My first thought before seeing it was, "What a grotesque concept!" After seeing it, though, it's all about "cute." It could be distributed to young folks.


9 posted on 09/20/2004 5:00:33 PM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: familyop

,,, it's marketing that's well overdue. Smart move in my opinion.


10 posted on 09/20/2004 5:02:20 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: cpforlife.org

Thanks, I like this. Great idea. I hope some newspapers start to pick this up.


11 posted on 09/20/2004 5:11:12 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: cpforlife.org

Cute! Funny! and Timely!


12 posted on 09/20/2004 5:13:03 PM PDT by Pippin ( Dan Rather! How's that crow taste?)
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To: Navy Patriot
"...could be really good for kids, it puts a face and personality on someone that is hidden from their view ..."

Speaking of which, check out these from yours truly:

THE MISSING KEY OF THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT

A NEW LANGUAGE FOR THE CULTURE OF LIFE

13 posted on 09/20/2004 5:15:06 PM PDT by cpforlife.org (Am I a part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease? Singing.... You are, you are, you are)
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To: cpforlife.org

Great!!!


14 posted on 09/20/2004 5:26:30 PM PDT by malia ( 9/11/01 terrorist killed over 3,000 on our homeland - they are still killing in Iraq!)
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To: cpforlife.org

Cool comic. I've never seen it before.


15 posted on 09/20/2004 5:30:53 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (CBS, admit defeat and bow to the pajamahadeen)
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To: cpforlife.org

Excellent, and thanks for all the sample cartoons! I like Umbert as a name, it is really perfect.


16 posted on 09/20/2004 5:32:33 PM PDT by jocon307 (Ann Coulter was right)
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To: feinswinesuksass
Wow! I love it! Thanks so much for the ping.
 
xo

17 posted on 09/20/2004 5:36:05 PM PDT by AnnaZ (It's not a choice, it's a child.)
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To: cpforlife.org

I saw this cartoon a couple years ago, but is took a while to gain popularity. Pretty humorous, usually.


18 posted on 09/20/2004 5:42:42 PM PDT by Choose Ye This Day ("We showed weakness, and weak people are beaten."--Putin / "A more sensitive war on terror." --Kerry)
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To: cpforlife.org

Absolutely adorable!


19 posted on 09/20/2004 5:43:10 PM PDT by Wait4Truth ("There is nothing complicated about supporting our troops in combat!" - GWB)
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To: cpforlife.org

What good news!


20 posted on 09/20/2004 5:50:25 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: cpforlife.org

ROFLMAO!
This is Great!
Ya Just Gotta Love It!

21 posted on 09/20/2004 5:51:27 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix

Bump!

That is hilarious!


22 posted on 09/20/2004 5:52:31 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (<font type=1972 IBM>I <change typeballs>am<change typeballs> Buckhead)
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To: freedumb2003
That is hilarious!

It is, indeed.
If things "proceed" between my grand-daughter and her beau....
I may be "hearing" wedding bells in the near future........
(Give it a couple of years and I'll be a Great-Grandfather. lol)

Point being.......
I still well remember my wife's "odd cravings" when she was "in a family way", as used to say way back when.......

(No matter how old you get, some things you never forget)

23 posted on 09/20/2004 6:04:44 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: cpforlife.org
My first thought upon reading the title was "Now there's a comic concept that's never gonna work." I'm happy to say I'm wrong - these are *good*!

Wouldn't it be great to get these into the typical public school "health" classes?

24 posted on 09/20/2004 6:32:46 PM PDT by Denver Ditdat (Ronald Reagan belongs to the ages now, but we preferred it when he belonged to us.)
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To: cpforlife.org
Someone wrote several books titled Eggbert and I have forgotten the other names but they were all Eggbert and ? They were all about a baby in the wound and one was about twins in the wound. I had all of them but in moving some were lost. They were so funny and I passed them on to others to read.. I would love to find the books again but have tried and cannot find them. That was in 1938. Oh so long ago.
25 posted on 09/20/2004 6:36:27 PM PDT by Bizzy Bugz
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To: cpforlife.org

Ahh, Umbert!


26 posted on 09/20/2004 6:36:37 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: shaggy eel

The artist has a myriad of possible topics, don'tchaknow, depending on where his Mom goes ... think of all the stuff Umbert can overhear and pass along!


27 posted on 09/20/2004 6:38:04 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: cpforlife.org

Adorable. There's no way the libs can come up with anything that counters this.


28 posted on 09/20/2004 6:56:58 PM PDT by lara
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To: cpforlife.org
I`ll bet it never gets on to any Lame-Stream Media.
29 posted on 09/20/2004 8:12:43 PM PDT by nomad
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To: cpforlife.org

read later


30 posted on 09/20/2004 10:38:21 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Secularization of America is happening)
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To: AnnaZ

Tricky concept; works out beautifully with the work I'm seeing here.


31 posted on 09/20/2004 10:43:06 PM PDT by CounterCounterCulture (End the culture of death!)
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To: cpforlife.org

awwwwwwwww that is so cute. I love his name...umbert.

makes me want to go out and have lots of babies. damn hormones.


32 posted on 09/20/2004 10:45:12 PM PDT by modest proposal
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To: lara
"There's no way the libs can come up with anything that counters this."

Well, not cute and positive, no, but they will try something to get it shut down somehow.

33 posted on 09/21/2004 6:49:37 AM PDT by Designer (Sysiphus Sr. to Junior; "It was uphill, all the way, both ways!")
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To: cpforlife.org

Thanks for the Ping!


34 posted on 09/22/2004 3:15:43 AM PDT by rotundusmaximus
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This comic is truly adorable and will provide countless ammunition against all those secularists who want to kill babies and think condoms will prevent the spread of AIDS; however, I fear the author may have gone too far with his latest strip. I have sent an email to him voicing my concern and urge you all to do the same:

[img]http://img358.imageshack.us/img358/7943/umbertaborted5fy.jpg[/img]


35 posted on 09/09/2005 1:44:41 PM PDT by RU-4666
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To: Bizzy Bugz
They were all about a baby in the wound and one was about twins in the wound.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Inigo Montoya

37 posted on 09/14/2005 4:45:36 AM PDT by tx_eggman (If we had some eggs we could have bacon and eggs .... if we had some bacon.)
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