The Greenbelt Festival starts on Friday, and I will be there not really doing much. One or two pieces of information follow:
Where I will be
Quite often I will be in the G-Books tent which is being run by Hymns Ancient and Modern (company that includes Church Times, Church House Bookshop, etc). Some of the time I will be behind a table explaining the intricacies of subscribing to the Church Times to enquirers and passers-by. There will be an exhibition of cartoons (laminated), including ones that haven’t appeared in any of the books. Do come and say hello.
I have nothing to sign, and will be signing it in G-Books at the following time: Sunday, 1.30pm. Bring plaster casts, copies of Rob Bell books, etc. Alternatively my books, greetings cards (five designs) and 2012 calendar will be available and I will scribble on them thereby reducing second hand resale value by approximately 25%.
An exciting development. A t-shirt with a cartoon of mine on will be available for the first time. Images can be seen down below (these are photoshopped pictures showing what the t-shirt would look like if worn by a theoretical model who only exists in photoshop). The t-shirts will be available in quite limited numbers and I have been told they will cost £10 and come in blue, grey, and white. All shapes, sizes, and colours are ethical. Staff will have one with ‘Staff’ written on it. I’d buy one sooner rather than later to be sure of getting your preferred size and colour. No one knows whether they will sell or not, hence limited numbers.
People have been asking me how to get hold of my hand-drawn festival map (from which the t-shirt cartoon is taken – sort of). If you are not a Greenbelt Angel (they already have them) look out for people like me giving out the ‘Guide to Greenbelt’ on Friday evening, or come to the G-Books / Church Times tent and pick one up (free).
T-shirt worn by hypothetical model
Posted by Dave at 2:07 pm on August 24, 2011 and filed under Festivals and Exhibitions, Greenbelt.
Hello. We went on holiday and came back again. Two weeks in Cornwall, some of it camping and some of it staying in actual buildings. The picture above is Porthleven, where we stayed for the non-camping bit. It is a lovely place and how fortunate we were to go. In other news: I now have a wetsuit which I will wear to keep warm during the winter months. Also a small collection of Betty Stogs memorabilia, similar function.
Now I am back and am catching up with work, looking at blank pieces of paper etc. I have one interesting and unusual piece of work to do and one or two usual ones, and then we go to the Greenbelt Festival. There have been some minor Greenbelt developments which I may post about at some point.
Usually at this point I post one or two incredibly fascinating holiday photographs, but I think I’m going to resist this year. Oh, go on then, just the one.
Fig. 2 (below): National Museum of Watering Cans
Posted by Dave at 8:57 pm on August 22, 2011 and filed under Holiday photographs.
[Photograph: Cartooning in progress]
A little bit of a blog update, an August 2011 newsletter if you will, to let people know that I am still technically here.
On 3 August 2006 I posted on this blog to say that a book of cartoons ideal for reading whilst reclining on one’s side was about to be published… and that I was taking a break from blogging to get married. Five years ago – goodness. It was the best thing I ever did (getting married, not the book of sideways diagrams).
I’ve been off the social media and not sending many telegrams for a while as I’ve been concentrating my mind elsewhere. The world has kept on turning perfectly happily without me being involved in such activities. I don’t foresee any immediate reversal of this general state of things, but who knows.
The final dregs of my CartoonChurch HQ detritus were cleared up yesterday, and the keys and fobs given back. It was a bit sad but the right choice to make. I took one or two very poor photographs of myself standing in the vicinity of a vacuum cleaner in the office just because I will never have that opportunity again. The house, the garage and Sue Ryder’s Laindon emporium are all more cluttered than they were before.
A lot of time has been spent packing up the majority of my greetings cards. I have sold most of the stock to Hymns Ancient and Modern. They will be selling them at Greenbelt, and also, one imagines, via the internet / Church House Bookshop / elsewhere. It has been discovered that my wife is a lot better at putting cards and envelopes into wrappers than I am. The most efficient way to get the job done is for her to do the actual work and for me to do peripheral tasks that do not involve doing the actual work.
I’ve done my annual map for the Church Times Guide to Greenbelt. If you’re a Greenbelt Angel (regular supporter) you’ll get one before the festival. Otherwise, if you are a Greenbelt-goer, look out for people a bit like me giving them out. There will, all being well, be a cartoon exhibition as usual in the Church Times tent, which this year is also G-books (the bookshop). I’m not doing anything at Last Orders or appearing in any on-stage way this year, but I will be appearing in tea queues and sitting on steps. A t-shirt that I may or may not have drawn may or may not be available.
Doing more thinking over coffee at the Salvation Army Headquarters and doing more drawing in the offices of the Church Times newspaper has been working quite well. This week I sent off four Church Times diagrams. This is unheard-of and the editor was incredibly surprised, thinking that my promise was figurative. Thanks must go, as ever, to those who have helped me, via this blog, in conversation, and by sending things.
One of my diagrams may appear on a [shouldn't say]. My people (me) and their people (them) are still in negotiations so I can’t mention it.
I was very pleased to see that Liz enjoyed the picture that some of her friends gave her.
Wasn’t the Tour de France good?
I forgot to iron the left half of my shirt today. No one noticed. Half-ironing of items could be the answer to all sorts of things including some problems that haven’t yet been thought of.
The window cleaner did the back windows.
Posted by Dave at 8:49 pm on August 3, 2011 and filed under CartoonChurch progress.