Unordered (one of the Wibloggers) posted a link to this Leunig interview . It’s not new, but Leunig is a cartoonist whose work I’ve been admiring in recent months and I always find he has interesting things to say. I’ll post some more links to more of his work over the coming week, hence the ‘Leunig (1)’.
Sorry, just a short post today. There’s a huge amount been done this week, but still a lot more to do.
Welcome to any readers who’ve popped in via Church Times cartoon 2 by the way, do say hello.
Posted by Dave at 10:57 pm on April 29, 2005 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
I was rather pleased to read that my other blog, the Dullest Blog in the World is in the Times today.
“Indeed, the uneventfulness of most blogs has become so widely recognised that the most popular one on the net is called “The dullest blog in the world” (www.wibsite.com/wiblog/dull/). This has such entries as “Scratching My Knee”, and the classic genre-standard, “Restarting This Blog Again”.
I think ‘the most popular one on the net’ is a mild exaggeration, but you can’t have everything.
Posted by Dave at 8:38 am on April 28, 2005 and filed under Sundry posts.
Cre8d asks How many ways have you got to be interrupted?
In my case quite a lot. There’s still a huge amount to be done for the launch of CartoonChurch.com at the Christian Resources Exhibition, and although I’m slowly getting there it still seems like quite a mountain to climb. Heck, I nearly missed ‘my posting every day’ midnight deadline.
Posted by Dave at 11:57 pm on April 27, 2005 and filed under CartoonChurch progress, Starting a Business.
I’ve done a poster specially designed for church toilets, partly because I felt like it, partly to get the word out about the site and partly because I’d like people to try downloading .pdf files from the site to see whether they work properly. And I wanted to use the phrase ‘Beta tester’ because it makes me sound like I know phrases like that.
So if you can download and print off one of these A4 posters and give some feedback in the comments I’d be most grateful. Does it print ok? Is there anything people need to be told about downloads in different browsers for instance? In Firefox I tend to right click and then select ‘save link as’ because I find Firefox very poor at opening .pdfs in the browser. The .pdfs are the preferred format and the one I will probably be using in future, but I have put a Word document there as well in case anyone has problems with the .pdf format.
Oh, and please do stick a notice up in your church toilets!
Download notice as a pdf file
Download notice as a pdf file for non-Anglicans (Misses out ‘By order of the PCC’ line)
Download notice as a Word document
Posted by Dave at 1:20 pm on April 26, 2005 and filed under CartoonChurch progress, Technical.
It’s been quite a busy weekend, what with visiting Cookham to judge the Cookham Guys and Dolls (photos are now online) and my Mystery activity yesterday. I didn’t get around to tell you about the didgeridoo workshop I went to. We were all given plastic fishing rod covers and told to blow into them in a raspberry sort of manner. I discovered I’m not very good at it, which got rather embarrassing when we had to go around the group several times demonstrating how we were doing. I also found I don’t have the lungs for it – I began to feel quite light headed after only a short while. The people who took the workshop wer fantastic didgeridooers though – if I find their names on the ticket in a back pocket of a pair of jeans somewhere I might post a link so you can book them for parties and fetes.
Posted by Dave at 6:50 pm on April 25, 2005 and filed under Sundry posts.
Today I went somewhere I can’t tell you about to do something I can’t tell you about.
I’m afraid I can’t tell you how it went.
Posted by Dave at 10:29 pm on April 24, 2005 and filed under In-depth analysis.
Today I’m off to Cookham, the village in which I worked as a church youthworker until 2 months ago. I’m helping to judge an art competition called the Cookham Guys and Dolls. You can click on the link to find out more, but it involves lots of home-made life sized figures scattered all around the place.
There’s also some interesting arts events on tomorrow including pavement art and a didgeridoo workshop. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the young people and others from Cookham.
Posted by Dave at 7:00 am on April 23, 2005 and filed under Sundry posts.
Well, an exciting day for me in that the first of cartoons appears in the new look Church Times today. At the time of writing I haven’t actually seen it, but I’ve been told that CartoonChurch.com gets a mention, so there could possibly be some visitors coming to investigate. If you are a Church Times reader please do say hello in the comments (it’s completely painless) and keep coming back as there will be a lot more to see here over the next few weeks.
Posted by Dave at 10:19 am on April 22, 2005 and filed under Cartooning.
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[As an aside, if anyone can tell me how to stop the text wrap around images on a post like this I would be most greatful. I've tried a < br CLEAR="all" > tag but that takes the following text right down below the right hand margin. I'm trying to keep image widths down to about 400 for those of you with small screens. Thankyou]
Posted by Dave at 2:01 pm on April 21, 2005 and filed under Cartoons.
I went to the Design Museum yesterday. It was worthwhile, though not spectacular.
At the moment I’m looking for inspiration regarding design for CartoonChurch.com, both the website and my business as a whole. And yes, I am fully aware that with only a few weeks to launch I should have got that sorted out ages ago. One thing I noticed at the Design Museum and have observed at numerous other modern art galleries is that very clean lines and sans serif fonts seem to be the standard as far as designing signage and logos go. Yes, I know there are exceptions to this, but as a general rule of thumb it seems to be the case.
It’s not easy to see how my handwritten, slightly haphazard look fits in with this very clean-lined ‘prefessional-looking’ approach. The header on the cartoon blog is a first attempt to be going on with, but it’s not the finished article by any means. The difficulty with a cartooning business is that one needs to be taken seriously, but doesn’t want to be taken too… seriously.
Posted by Dave at 3:29 pm on April 20, 2005 and filed under Art, Cartooning, Starting a Business.
Giant table and chair to be installed on Hampstead Heath.
Link via Clive Davis, who has no idea I read his blog.
Posted by Dave at 12:38 pm on April 20, 2005 and filed under Art.
The new UK version of Google Maps.
Posted by Dave at 11:21 am on April 20, 2005 and filed under Slacking.