As promised yesterday I have three announcements to make relating to my cartoons and website. A trinouncement*, if you will.
1) My Church Times cartoons will be appearing on this website
Up until this point my regular cartoons series in the Church Times, The Dave Walker Guide to the Church have not appeared on this site. The idea has been that from the Church Times point of view the more reasons that there are for people to buy the paper the better (my words not theirs). This is understandable of course. But they have now very kindly agreed that I can post some of the cartoons on this site. I won’t be posting all of them, but a good number (See Announcement 3 for one of the reasons for this). They will appear here a few weeks after their appearance in the newspaper at the earliest so buying the paper is still the best way to see them.
2) CartoonChurch.com licences will cover the republication of my Church Times cartoons
I get a lot of e-mails asking whether people can republish my ‘Guide to the Church’ cartoons in their own church magazines. Up to now I have, when asked, allowed people to republish a single cartoon for free, but the situation has been rather unsatisfactory given that I am trying to make a living from the whole cartoon side of things. So, my Church Times material will now be covered by my existing licences for church republication – so £35 for unlimited use for a year or £3 for a single item. There will be some extra text that will need to accompany these cartoons if they are republished – this will be appearing shortly. Please note thought that I will only have some high resolutions versions on the site for download – the others will need to be scanned from the paper or cut out using the old-fashioned scissor method etc. Once again thanks need to go to the good people at the Church Times who have allowed me to do this.
3) There is going to be a book of my cartoons released this summer
This probably the most exciting announcement for most people, so I’ve left it until last. I had thought that if there was going to be a book it would not be available until next year (2007), but now, all being well the book will be released in time for the Greenbelt festival at the end of August. It will be published by SCM Canterbury Press and will hopefully be launched at Greenbelt with signings and suchlike. The book will contain most if not all of my ‘Guide to the Church’ series along with a selection of my other work. As most of you will be aware this summer is going to be quite a busy one for me what with getting married and moving house, but work for the book will not add a huge burden as I was always going to need to get a lot of extra drawings done early to cover the summer in any case. Further details about the book will be forthcoming when I know them.
* Yes, I know. This is not really a word. But unless anyone knows a better way to describe three announcements it will be a word from this point on. I suspect a school of thought will develop that insists that it should be ‘trinnouncement’ with a double first ‘n’, but as the founder of the word I think ‘trinouncement’ is better. At the time of writing the first page for ‘trinouncement’ on Google is empty, so you had better get blogging on the subject if you want to grab one of the coveted first page spots. If ‘trinouncement’ takes off as a word you could make a fortune.
Update: Thanks for the kind comments. As for the spelling I have enabled a poll in the left sidebar. I think I am swimming with the tide of popular opinion, but I am open to hear the voices of dissenters should any exist.
Other places (besides Google search) to watch for the progress of ‘Trinouncement’ as a word:
Google Blog Search: trinouncement
Technorati Search: trinouncement
trinouncement – Ask.com UK Search
At the time of writing only Dave Warnock has joined the great search engine land grab for this term.