I’ve added this one to We Blog Cartoons. If you think you’ve seen it before then it is because you have – the original version was about pre-Christmas shopping but I wanted to do a more general version that would work at any time of year.
You can post this one on your blog by cutting and pasting the special code.
Posted by Dave at 2:38 pm on October 11, 2007 and filed under Religion.
I have made various cartoons available in various ways.
For church magazine editors and other people who’d like high resolution versions:
A licence to re-publish these and all of my downloadable cartoons costs £35 a year in a church context, or £3 per item.
You can re-use all of the We Blog Cartoons images freely on your personal blog subject to a few minor conditions.
Posted by Dave at 12:05 pm on October 10, 2007 and filed under New CartoonChurch cartoons, New Weblogcartoons cartoons.
Kester posted an interesting post yesterday about online advertising and how it is a bad thing as it is the poor who lose out. See also his Facebook group ‘I’d Rather Pay For Facebook Than Put Up With All The Dumb Ads‘ and this previous post Advertising Makes Us All Poor.
I’d like to agree with him. I get so annoyed by adverts sometimes that steam comes out of my quite literal ears (in a metaphorical way). TV adverts annoy me the most. I try to keep a mental list of companies I will not buy from because their adverts are so annoying. Fortunately for these companies I am not good at mental lists.
But on the other hand if there were no advertising I am worried that the world would stop turning. There would be no newspapers and probably in an indirect way no CartoonChurch.com. There would be knock on effects you see.
The adverts here on the site don’t make a huge amount of money, but they are better than nothing. I do not see them as a great evil – if I were to rank all the evils I can think of they would be in the lower divisions, somewhere near people who put their feet on the chair in front and joggle inadvertently.
I tend to think that Google Adsense (the system I use here) is the most acceptable form of advertising as it is mainly used by small businesses and bizarre religious groups rather than large multinationals.
I don’t know – what do you think?
Posted by Dave at 10:38 am on October 9, 2007 and filed under Cartoons, In-depth analysis.
Christians in the UK are planning a big ‘thing’ that will be happening called ‘Hope 08′. It is going to be held in 2008, thereby coinciding with its own title. Brilliant! There is a website about Hope08 called ‘Hope08.com‘ which explains what it is about. Now there is a new website, about to be launched, called ‘Hopeinfo.co.uk‘, which is going to be ‘the public face of Hope 2008′. The front page has a video which culminates in a bus stop sign, but I’m wondering whether the site isn’t finished yet. Here is another video about the website, which explains it a bit more.
Now, here’s the thing. Over the years there have been lots and lots of large Christian initiatives. A few that come to mind include Mission England (1984 – remember that?), the Decade of Evangelism, and that one with Reinhard Bonnke called ‘Minus to plus’ where he posted a booklet to millions of homes over the UK and no-one really noticed. Posters have gone up for these various events, rallies have been organised and generally, when the choruses have been sung and the chairs have been put away, not a lot has really happened. That is of course a huge generalisation, but I do feel that compared with the hype not a lot generally results from these initiatives.
I think perhaps I am generally a bit jaded when it comes to large Christian events. I would never, for instance, take anyone who was not a Christian to a large Christian event because I wouldn’t trust the people on the platform not to utter some sort of nonsense or other. The people who run these things have blown it one too many times. Sorry if that is what you do, but that is what I feel.
It seems that Hope08 is about churches doing local things in their own local areas, but if so I am wondering why we need a special logo and name, because lots of churches are doing things in their local areas anyway and they manage this without a special logo and name.
On the other hand I really do want to support good and worthwhile things that are going on. I tend to think that small is better when it comes to Christian goings-on, but either I could be wrong or there could be exceptions. I still need a bit of convincing over ‘Hope 08′, so this is your chance, if you are involved in some way, to convince me and others of my ilk. In particular:
- What will be different about Hope 08 that will make it better than all the other large Christian initiatives I have known?
- What is going to actually happen?
- Aren’t there lots of churches already doing these things?
- Do big huge Christian initiatives actually do any good?
Thank you in advance.
Posted by Dave at 8:23 pm on October 7, 2007 and filed under Church, Religion.
This is the belated fifth and final cartoon from my Cartoon Challenge Night. I got there eventually. I changed the concept rather, but it is based on the suggestion by Mary in a limited sort of a way.
I will add this and one or two other cartoons to the downloadable area before too long so that subscribers can use them. It might be Monday though as I am behind with things and we are going out.
Talking of cartoons the Church Times is available free online for this week only owing to the postal strike that is currently happening here in the UK. This means that there is a rare opportunity for non subscribers to see my latest cartoon for this week, entitled ‘Clergy Advertisements‘. If you’d like to see the fruit of my latest blood, sweat and tears every week why not subscribe to the Church Times. It is currently £65 for Uk subscriptions and £95 in the USA.
Talking of various things, I mentioned a few weeks back that my book was temporarily out of print, but then forgot to say when it was in print again. So, to set the record straight, it is in print again. The calendar is also selling well apparently – Rhys sent me a link yesterday to Christian Marketplace, who are recommending it as a Christmas present. Who am I to argue. The book and calendar are both £5.99 and if you were to buy one you would be helping me out right royally. Thank you.
Have a good weekend everyone.
Posted by Dave at 1:11 pm on October 5, 2007 and filed under Books, Cartoons, Church, Religion.
I was surprised to discover that I have made the quote of the week on the National Secular Society website (Thanks to Arun for the tip):
“A lot of people are going back to church again – this is usually because they have forgotten something like their keys or jacket or glasses”
(Dave, cartoonist at Cartoonists Blog)
Of course, as we (and they) know full well this is not a ‘quote’, but a caption from one of my cartoons:
[Large version of 'Back to Church' cartoon]
A caption is designed to be read with the cartoon it accompanies and is not the same as a quote. Out of context a cartoon caption may appear to be saying something which it is not. Thus the Secularists mislead their audience, which is a little bit naughty of them.
I had a quick look around the National Secular Society website whilst I was there. They come across as ‘oh so balanced’ upon first reading:
We want a society in which all are free to practise their faith, change it or not have one, according to their conscience.
A splendid sentiment.
But when I clicked another link at random things were not looking quite so reasonable. This page contains a letter from a reader describing a vicar as “a probable child abuser in a dress”, something that I found really quite offensive. There is no disclaimer that I could find saying ‘these letters do not necessarily represent the views of the National Secular Society’ so one assumes that they do.
If that is secularism then I think perhaps that you can probably keep it.
Update: At the time of writing the Secularist website is down if you use the normal address – but I found a version that works here.
Posted by Dave at 2:52 pm on October 4, 2007 and filed under Cartoons, Church, Religion, Slightly grumpy.
This is the fourth cartoon from the late-running Cartoon Challenge Night series. Thanks to Learnerpriest for causing me to stray into the realms of politics.
By the way, feel free to post any one of these cartoons on your blog. A link back here is appreciated.
Cartoon 5. To be honest I am finding it the most difficult of the five. Watch this space, but keep your expectations low.
Update: I’m afraid cartoon 5 will have to wait for now. I’ll try to do it later this evening or tomorrow. Sorry!
Posted by Dave at 11:33 am on October 4, 2007 and filed under Cartoons, Current events.
This is my third cartoon from Cartoon Challenge Night. Thanks to Simon for the idea which I did adapt slightly. I am of course not awarding myself ‘famous blogger’ status as there are about 6000 more famous ones, but that was the subject I was given.
That is going to be all for tonight. Three out of five isn’t bad. I will do the other two tomorrow. To start the day drawing won’t be a bad thing at all – who knows, I might even be able to do some of the cartoons I should be doing after that.
Posted by Dave at 11:48 pm on October 3, 2007 and filed under Religion.
This is a cartoon from my Cartoon Challenge Night. Thanks to Peter for the suggestion.
Yikes. These are taking longer than I thought, mainly because the ideas are good so I am trying to do them justice. Might not get all five done tonight.
Posted by Dave at 11:13 pm on October 3, 2007 and filed under Cartoons, Church, Football, Religion.
This cartoon was created as part of my Cartoon Challenge Night. Thanks to Anne for the suggestion.
Phew. The others will probably not be so multi-drawinged. It was just that this topic leant itself to a more-than-one picture approach.
Right. Number 2.
Posted by Dave at 9:50 pm on October 3, 2007 and filed under Cartoons, Household hints.
This is an experiment. I feel like a bit of a challenge this evening, so I’m going to attempt to do five cartoons on topics suggested in the comments to this post. Just to make it a bit more difficult I’m going to aim to draw the first five suggestions posted. The cartoons I produce will quite possibly be rubbish, but who cares about that sort of thing.
So, if you are reading this on Wednesday evening UK time then please feel free to suggest a subject. It doesn’t have to be anything to do with my usual topics (church and things that happen around the house) but it can be. One topic suggestion per person please.
Small print: Comments are moderated, so the first five may include some that don’t appear straight away. I’ll aim to draw the five cartoons this evening, Wednesday, but I can’t make promises on that front. I reserve the right not to draw something on any topic that I don’t want to draw about for reasons best known to myself. I reserve the right to write more small print if I feel like it.
Updates on progress
18.20 This post posted
18.24 Anne makes first suggestion “Counting up your portions of fruit and veg for the day“. Good one
18.27 I’m busy thinking about vegetables when Peter’s suggestion comes in “Deciding whether to go to services or watch a football match“. Marvellous.
18.28 Incoming telephone call
18.34 Suggestion 3 from Simon: “How to become a really influential, well known, yet humble Christian blogger“. OK, will add it to the list.
18.40 Learnerpriest: “Whether or not Gordon Brown is going to call an election.” Darn it. I knew someone would mention politics. Oh well, all part of the fun of it. Thanks Learnerpriest.
18.41 Mary suggests “The pros and cons of having a bouncy castle in church“. Super.
18.43 I announce that I have 5 entries, just as John posts ‘Sausages’. Sorry John! Right, I’m now going to log off for a few hours to do some housework, cook dinner, eat dinner, and between times hopefully do some drawings. See you later – probably not before about 20.30.
21.00 Started drawing.
21.50 Finished drawing, scanning and uploading the first one. The others will not take as long.
21.53 Realise I have made a mistake. need to rescan a bit and redo two parts of the picture. Time consuming. Bother.
22.08 Mistake rectified. Took valuable drawing time though.
23.13 Second cartoon posted
23.48 Third cartoon posted.
That will be all for tonight. Three out of five isn’t bad. I will do the other two tomorrow.
Posted by Dave at 6:20 pm on October 3, 2007 and filed under Cartooning.
Premier have kindly put various clips of the Christian Blog Award ceremony up on Premier.tv, their TV sort of site. The video of me receiving my award and giving my three sentence speech is here. You’ll need broadband I think.
Dear me. I don’t think I come across very well, but then perhaps no-one thinks that they do. The sunday school gag is a bit lame, so sorry about that. I had to think of something on the spur of the moment. As I said before I also forgot to say thank you to the award organisers and judges, which was a bit lax.
Here is the full list of video clips:
The Christian Blog Awards site is here.
Posted by Dave at 12:43 pm on October 3, 2007 and filed under Blogging, Church, Religion.