One more cartoon has been added to CartoonChurch.com – see New technology for the slightly larger version along with the high resolution image for licence holders.
This cartoon is taken from the last book My Pew – things I have seen from it, still available from good retailers.
Aside of peripheral interest: I used this cartoon and the one I posted yesterday in a talk I did on Monday at a deanery clergy conference held in Ely. I really enjoy doing such things.
Posted by Dave at 8:18 am on June 30, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
A cartoon has been posted on CartoonChurch.com. It is a while since that happened.
You can see a slightly larger version here, along with links to a great big version for printing etc.
Quite a bit more of this sort of thing to follow.
Posted by Dave at 6:43 pm on June 29, 2010 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
[This post is mainly written so that when people ask me things I have something to point them to.]
Why I’m not taking on freelance cartoon commissions
1) Nearly all of my time is taken up with ongoing work. I’m now doing two days a week in London in an ‘acting web editor’ role for the Church Times, and the rest of my time is spent on paid blogging, doing my regular cartoons for publications, admin, you name it.
2) I’m really not that good at them. By that I mean that commissions take me a huge amount of time, far more than I could ever charge for, and cause a lot of stress, far more than it would be acceptable to publicly moan about.
3) My best work happens when I’m free to choose the subject, captions and pictures. Ideally it is best if I have some knowledge of the topic in question. Recently I’ve had commissions where none of these have been the case, and they haven’t worked terribly well. I don’t like doing work that I do not think is really good.
In future I might go back do doing freelance work, but for now this is the situation. I do have one or two jobs still to finish, but these will be the last. I’m hoping that you’ll see the results in terms of more and better cartoons done just for the fun of it, better blogging, better filing of pieces of paper into numerical order, etc etc.
(No idea what the point of ‘ENDS’ is. Just seen other people do it.)
Posted by Dave at 7:42 am on June 24, 2010 and filed under Blogging, CartoonChurch progress, Cartooning.
It is of course a little early to be thinking about 2011, but for any extremely well-organised shoppers I am pleased to be able to announce that my 2011 ‘Dave Walker Guide to the Church’ calendar is now available. Well, at least one shop (Church House Bookshop) has it, which must mean it can now be obtained.
About the calendar. The theme is ‘Church HQ’, and is a depiction of what the church (I’ll leave you to decide which one) would look like if it had all of its functions organised centrally. So we have, for instance, the Kneeler Approval Department, the Sermon Illustration Lending Library, the National Flower Rota, and so on and so forth. There are 12 cartoons, cunningly arranged one per month, all of them new and unique to this calendar.
As I said a month or two ago, drawing this thing nearly killed me, and at the time I said, with all sincerity, ‘never again’. I shall probably change my mind, but we shall see. That said I think it is one of my favourite sets of cartoons from the various things I’ve done, which sounds rather like a desperate ‘please buy this’ kind of a plea, even if it isn’t intended to.
The style of the cartoons is a bit different to usual, in that they are all complete individual scenes rather than a mixture of formats. I’ve taken some inspiration from the work of one of my favourite humorous illustrators from the last century, William Heath Robinson. Not so much in terms of contraptions or inventions (though there might be one or two) or even the humour necessarily, but more the way the scenes are laid out. Not that my draughtsmanship comes even close to matching his.
I like to think that there are not too many ‘in jokes’ in this calendar and that someone unfamiliar with church would still appreciate it, but perhaps I’m not the person to make that judgement. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it when the time comes for thinking about such things.
Places you can find the calendar:
[Aside: Yes, I know, the sidebars are way out of date as they still show this year's calendar. Will update shortly.]
[Aside 2: Please forgive the 'teapots' mockup of this cover that appears on the various shopping sites owing to my slowness in getting artwork to people. The one above is the actual cover.]
Posted by Dave at 8:51 am on June 10, 2010 and filed under Cartooning, Cartoons, My books.
The CartoonChurch office World Cup sweepstake entries have been counted and verified (whatever that means) and the allocations have been allocated thus:
Justin from Complaints
Dave from the Department for Pencil Sharpening and Replenishment
Sir Geoff Boycott (The Aggers Home for Confused Cricketers)
Sara from the Library
Peter from the Pathetic Acronym Creation, Marketing, Advertising and Naming department
Nick from The Department for Administrative Affairs
Chris from languages training (French section)
Pete from The Square
Sue from IT (Sue, Reader from Birmingham Diocese)
Phil from the 1st floor cupboard
Stella from the Entertainments Committee
Mark from “Obscure Bible Verses and Mad Prophets Rehabilitation”
Mouse from the Church
Tara from Animal Control
Bob, from accounts (who becomes ‘Helen from janitorial services’ on the weekends)
Sandie from quality control
Sara from the chaplaincy department
Chris from Marketing
Jim from Wellness in the Workplace
Paul from IT
Benita from Insightful Observations Wing
Andrew Openshaw from European Supply Chain
Eliza from the sewing room
Duane from Security
Ellen in ‘breakages’
Lee Martin from the Chaplain’s office
James from marketing
Andy from the doctor who department
Helen (from somewhere just left of insanity)
Rory from International Relations
Rachael from the Monastery
Martin from Editorial
Stuart from the mass-priest department
Sally from the Pew Sheet Production Department
Mimi from Coffeemaking Dept.
Phil from darkest Bristol
ramtopsrac: The Reader in Writing (spare room… end of the cul-de-sac)
Ruth, keeper of the post-it notes
Robin from Rochdale
Clare from the Alto line
Tom from HR
Charlotte on reception
Alasdair from the Coral Research Wing
Ann Tique from Auctioneering (Z)
Matt from Legal Services
Sam, from Research and Development
Anne, Art Department
Dave the Managing Director
Andy from the office next door
Nick from The Department of Administrative Affairs
Teddy from Knowledge center
Johanna (diocesan barista)
Ian from Compliance
Dave from packing
Caroline from Inanimate Resources
Wes from the post room
Craig (from the Digital marketing team)
Sarah from the office
Phil Ritchie from spherical inflatables dept
Kate from Geeks & Gadgets
Magnus from IT
Sarah, the girl from IT
Jackie the Chief Product Tester (Chocolate Sub-Division)
Sheena from Tartan Tat sales
Aaron from Incense and Monstrance Testing Dept
David from Accounts
Sarah from the Canteen
Graham from the Special Projects & Implementation Team
John the Trade Union rep
Ben (not yet departed)
Ann from grandparent services
Margaret from Animating Horticulture
Wilf from Legal
Rosie, secretarial/musical/administrative facilitator
Rachel, Tea and Sticky Bun Lady
Fiona Department for Cat Herding (coordination of youth development)
Ian from Dept of World Domination
Phill from IT
Chris from youth services
Reg from IT support
Debbie, Kitchen Porter
Lee the Future Tactics Supervisor
Steve from Counter Industrial Espionage Division
Doofas from Catering Services
Farli from the chair-moving, photocopying and liturgical compliance department
Russ (aka Noddy from The Small Office No-one Goes In)
Sue from the Retirement Association
hopeeternal -Receptionist etc. (aka ‘handing out tea & sympathy, fielder of phone calls & doorstep enquiries department’ aka Vicar’s wife)
Bob from Cashiers
Sarah from R&D
Joel from Expenses Management
Val – Operations systems support distribution co-ordinator
Anthony from Logistics
Paul from Printing
Nexi from the attic (and former baptist times cartoonist)
Smudgie, keeper of the COSHH cupboard key
sarah – development facilitator
James from Photocopying
- If I’ve missed anyone who entered or got your name wrong let me know. I can’t accept further entries now I’m afraid. Click here if you can’t remember what name you used!
- A huge vote of thanks needs to go to my wife who did
a lot of all of the hard work of putting this list together.
- How it was done: The countries were numbered randomly, and then the people were numbered randomly, and the two lists were brought together. In the end a container was not used.
- This includes both entries on both the web page and Facebook group.
- There were some commenters who may just have been larking around and didn’t want to be entered. I’m afraid you have been.
- The countries have been listed here in order of FIFA ranking – I know, all terribly advanced. Not my doing. If your country is near the top of the list you might have a slightly better chance than if it’s at the bottom.
- Further announcements on the progress of the CartoonChurch office sweepstake will be made on Twitter using the hashtag #cartoonchurchsweepstake – please feel free to join in with in-depth punditry etc.
Posted by Dave at 8:07 am on June 9, 2010 and filed under Football, Quizzes and competitions, World cup.
I’ve decided, for my own idle amusement, to run a World Cup sweepstake here in my office in the heart of Industrial Basildon. Unfortunately, as I am the only one who works here it has the potential to be less than enthralling. As things stand I will have an approximate 100% chance of winning, which does remove a certain element of excitement. I have therefore decided to open the sweepstake up to friends and readers of this blog.
In order to make my sweepstake legal it is free to enter (See Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?). This might mean it is not technically a sweepstake, I’m not sure.
All you have to do to enter is write a comment in the comment section below. To make it more interesting please indicate your department (‘Bob from accounts’, Helen from janitorial services’ etc).
Countries will be allocated randomly by picking names out of a container of some sort (details of container to be decided). If we get more than
24 32 entrants there will need to be some doubling up, so you’ll have to share your country with someone else. I will close entries at the end of Monday.
The prize will be a small selection of cartoon goodies of my choosing. I will send them anywhere in the world. On the unlikely offchance I get hundreds of entries I reserve the right to make the prize fairly… small. I also reserve the right to add additional rules on my merest whim.
Pundits can discuss the progress of the CartoonChurch office sweepstake on Twitter using the hashtag #cartoonchurchsweepstake
Posted by Dave at 3:42 pm on June 4, 2010 and filed under Football, Quizzes and competitions, World cup.