I’ve been continuing to work hard on this website. Since last week:
- I’ve changed the site to fixed width. If this means nothing to you then don’t worry, it isn’t that important.
- The tiny cartoon thumbnails have gone and been replaced by larger cartoons, meaning for the first time the cartoons don’t have to be viewed one by one.
- The lines on the cartoons have been made bolder and hopefully more readable. Possibly to do with my Aunty Aliasing (technical joke). However, this does now mean that the image sizes are larger.
- All manner of minor changes to all manner of pages, wording, menus, new images, this and that.
I think these changes are all a good thing, but please do tell me if not. If anyone had the time to click a few pages and tell me what they think it would be greatly appreciated. In particular it would be useful to know whether the larger file sizes are a problem, for instance for those browsing with 3g, 2g 1g or any portion of a g. Also any display issues to do with going to fixed width for those with small screens, mobile screens or no screens.
[Minor point. I'm in London and am approximately 45% busier than normal, so please forgive me if it takes a while for any comments to be moderated.]
Posted by Dave at 7:34 am on June 28, 2012 and filed under CartoonChurch progress, Cartoons, Technical.
See the full version of this cartoon here: The Christian festival – deciding whether we will be going or not.
This the third of three that I’ve posted from my series in Youthwork magazine. As per usual information about reuse of this drawing is on the how you can use the cartoons page, which can be found at any time of day or night by clicking the link in the menu at the top there.
Posted by Dave at 7:33 am on June 27, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
See the full version of this cartoon: Ecumenical relations.
This is another one from Youthwork magazine.
I quite like the bring and share lunch image (above) that forms a part of this cartoon. I have considered adding a range of simple images like this (I suppose one might call them clipart) to my site for parish magazine editors who would like an image without text to help illustrate an article. If this might be of interest to you please let me know.
Posted by Dave at 10:39 am on June 25, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
Click here for the full version: Disposal – how to get rid of resources your predecessor has painstakingly gathered.
This cartoon originally appeared in Youthwork magazine, and is one of small batch of three youth work ones that I will be posting over the next few days. I did cartoons for Youthwork for about late 2009 to late 2011 but I’m not doing them now. I did some quite good work I think, but
let’s just say that no one really noticed when they finished all good things come to an end.
As per usual you can republish this and any other cartoons from this site. Find out how to get a licence for your church or yourself here.
Posted by Dave at 11:43 am on June 22, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
I collect books by my favourite cartoonists. There are now, thanks to a rather generous sale by the publishers, rather more books by the French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé on my shelves (picture above) than there were a week or two ago.
I like seeing work by other artists. Besides enjoying it for its own sake, it gives me new ideas and perspectives. But yesterday, whilst mid-cartoon and with a deadline looming, I wondered whether flicking though a book by a favourite cartoonist was a help or a hindrance. Seeing great work by others can give a sense of inadequacy and encourage unhelpful comparisons.
How about you? Does seeing brilliant work by other people in the same field inspire or inhibit?
Posted by Dave at 8:12 am on June 19, 2012 and filed under Art, Cartooning.
I avoided calling this post ‘Back to CartoonChurch Sunday’ by a small margin, but there wasn’t much in it. But anyway, I’d like to welcome people who have come back to CartoonChurch.com after a bit of an absence.
Let me explain. Over the last month there has been a considerable amount of work and general toil taking place, partly on this website, but most especially behind the scenes. Here is what has been going on and things that have changed:
30 new cartoons uploaded. I’ve been posting them here on the blog, on Twitter and on Facebook, but if you missed any the cartoons section has them all. There will be more to come, particularly as a new bookful of cartoons is on its way.
Improvements to the cartoon licensing process. This is really the big thing that has involved the most work, but to an onlooker it may not be very apparent. Let’s just say that things have been made a lot more efficient. People who would like to use the cartoons in their churches who sign up from now will have an actual licence they can print (gasps of amazement) and communication should be much improved. This is due to the new ace admin department – about which more in a moment.
100* minor tweaks to make the website more usable and attractive. There is more that could be done I’m sure, but the site does, I hope, look a bit better than it did a month ago. I suspect I’m the only one who will notice (for instance) the new shade of blue, new header image and removal of out-of-date information from circa 2005, but hopefully additional features such as the ability to select a random cartoon (try it) and a CartoonChurch favourites section will prove useful. *Made up figure.
A new occasional CartoonChurch newsletter. Part of getting the databases sorted out has involved laying the sturdy plinth necessary for the sending-out of a new CartoonChurch newsletter. It will be for those who’d like to hear about the latest cartoons and other developments by email. There may also be exclusive content. You can sign up here (note that not all newsletters will be personally delivered by a bishop).
I’ve written to former licence holders, mostly people who have previously used my work in their local church, to come back and take a look at the extra cartoons and the updated website, and to renew licences if they’d like to. Hence this post. If that is you: welcome! I hope you enjoy looking around, and please keep in touch.
A huge thank you needs to be said at this point to Renou Um, who I’ve been working with on the admin side of CartoonChurch things over the last month. Without Renou, and her new company, All May Have, (see also: Twitter / Facebook), the licensing / newsletter / database side of things wouldn’t have happened. A huge amount has been achieved very quickly, which is marvellous. Thanks too to everyone who has posted kind comments in all manner of places whilst I have been adding the new cartoons. It has been much appreciated.
Posted by Dave at 7:31 am on June 15, 2012 and filed under CartoonChurch progress, Cartooning.
Some good news! I’m very pleased to be able to announce that my next book, to be called ‘Peculiar Goings On‘, will be published on 31 July by Canterbury Press.
It contains a selection of my cartoons from The Dave Walker Guide to the Church in the Church Times. Am I allowed to say that I like these cartoons better than the earlier ones? No, probably not. But anyway, subjects analysed in this volume include:
- Successful strategies for rich pickings at a bring and share lunch
- How to defend the church car park from non churchgoers
- The perils of over-zealous church cleaning
- The hierarchy of biscuits
- The periodic table of churchgoers
- People you might encounter at the vicarage
- …and that cartoon: Liturgical dance: how to nip it in the bud
Here is where you can find it:
- At the Greenbelt festival in August. I imagine there may be some kind of signing or somesuch.
- Local bookshops. If you need to quote an ISBN to order it the one you need is 9781848252363
- Church House bookshop
- Amazon UK
Other stockists are available of course. Oh, should mention that the cost is of the book is £6.99.
The books page contains links to all of the books of my cartoons if you don’t want to loiter waiting for this one.
Posted by Dave at 7:45 am on June 14, 2012 and filed under Books, CartoonChurch progress, Cartooning.
See the full-sized and complete version here: Holidaymakers
This, the 30th cartoon to be uploaded to the site over the last three and a half weeks, is taken from book 3, The Exciting World of Churchgoing. It would be ideally suited to anyone who is looking for a cartoon for a July or August edition of a church magazine. See also ‘Summer Holidays‘.
Posted by Dave at 7:33 am on June 14, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
Click here to see the full version of ‘The liturgical pause’
This cartoon is from book 1, The Dave Walker Guide to the Church, and was originally published in the Church Times.
You’ll be glad to know that the pace of cartoon posting has slowed somewhat today. There will be probably only be two cartoons.
Tomorrow there will be [shock horror] no new cartoons. The day has been set aside for announcements.
Posted by Dave at 7:40 am on June 13, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
Yesterday was Six cartoon Monday, in which I posted six new cartoons on the CartoonChurch site. Today, I have decided (imaginatively) to name the day ‘Six cartoon Tuesday’. I will be posting a number of cartoons – you may or may not be able to guess how many. Don’t worry, this pattern will not continue, but I wanted, for various reasons, to get a decent number of new pictures up on the website fairly rapidly.
Here are some hints of today’s six cartoons, which this time are taken from book 1, The Dave Walker Guide to the Church. I’ll post the links to the full cartoons at intervals during the day at the end of this post and on Twitter.
2 Ways to escape
4 Pews – the different classes
6 Safety in church
Posted by Dave at 7:50 am on June 12, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
Today marks a step up in the cartoon posting rate – ‘Six cartoon Monday’ I’ll call it. I’ll post six cartoons on CartoonChurch.com gradually through the day. I’ve posted six extracts below – enthusiasts and those with too much time on their hands will perhaps be able to tell which cartoons they are. Once again they are all taken from the book ‘My Pew‘, available from booksellers and all good branches of Amazon.
I’ll post the links to the cartoons themselves at the end of this post and on Twitter.
1 Church seating
2 Keeping order
4 The peace
5 The sermon
Posted by Dave at 9:38 am on June 11, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
This is one panel of four – click for the full version: Hymns
Posted by Dave at 4:18 pm on June 10, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.