Today’s cartoon is The church café, once again taken from book 3, ‘The exciting world of churchgoing’ (info on books here). See this page on the main CartoonChurch site for the high resolution version and information about reusing.
Well, that’s five cartoons this week. I’ll be back with another batch of five from the middle of next week.
Posted by Dave at 3:49 pm on October 27, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, Church, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
Today’s cartoon is entitled ‘Segregation‘, and is to do with men’s groups and ladies groups in churches. If you’d like to republish this cartoon info is here and the high resolution version is here. This cartoon, along with the other church ones I’ve posted this week, is from ‘The Exciting World of Churchgoing‘ – see info about all of my books here. Actually, thinking about it, don’t publish this cartoon in your parish mag as it might upset someone.
So, men’s and women’s groups. I’m not really an enthusiast, as you may know by my countless posts on the subject over the years. Many of the social activities at my church are organised in such a way and I don’t go, preferring instead to go to a home group which is me plus mainly women. I went to the men’s group once, but didn’t feel like I belong. I don’t know why really. Maybe it is because I find football a bit dull.
On the other hand, perhaps if I had gone to a men’s group I would know and have talked to some men, which in hindsight might have been a good thing to do. Perhaps I might have avoided some of life’s pitfalls. Who knows.
I understand why churches run men’s groups, as they are a way of attracting men, and churches find that difficult. I suppose my argument is that if you want to run a ‘beer, curry and tractors’ evening then let women come along too. I know quite a few women who love beer, curry and tractors.
Posted by Dave at 8:05 am on October 26, 2012 and filed under Cartoons.
Today’s cartoon is called ‘the ten week course‘.
Here’s a thing: I’ve never completed a ten week course, though I have assisted vaguely with one. Some of my friends swear by them, so I can’t argue with that.
I’d say more, but it’s a busy day today. Thanks for visiting!
Posted by Dave at 7:16 am on October 25, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
Today’s cartoon is The PCC (Parochial Church Council – it’s an Anglican thing). You can find it in the ‘latest cartoons‘ section of CartoonChurch.com along with all of the latest ones I’ve posted. There are other PCC cartoons if these particularly interest you: 1, 2. If you want to reuse any of these diagrams click the ‘using the cartoons’ link up there to the right.
It is many years since I have been on a PCC, so you could question whether I know anything about the subject. But I know people that do.
Posted by Dave at 9:41 am on October 24, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
I’m not going to post every Cycling Cartoons drawing here, but hopefully this one might be of interest to the wider public and in any case, new cartoons by me are a rare beast these days.
It seems that cycle racing is (deservedly) getting some bad press at the moment, so this is my attempt to remind myself and others why I still love it, both as a sport and as a leisure activity. Click here to see the larger more readable version.
You can see the Cycling Cartoons website at cyclingcartoons.com, or those who would like regular updates can follow on Twitter (@cyclingcartoons). There is now (as of an hour ago) an entirely unliked and undiscovered Facebook page which I will be adding the cartoons to as well (it hasn’t caught up yet…).
Posted by Dave at 5:38 pm on October 23, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, Cycling.
This is the first of ten cartoons I’m posting over the next few weeks from the book ‘The exciting world of churchgoing‘, ie not the latest book, but the one before that.
I have never, in my life, been a sound desk operator or the person who makes the powerpoint slides go forwards and backwards at the appropriate moments. This is because I live in my own dream-world and my mind is not usually on the task at hand, meaning that there would be all manner of audible and visual mishaps.
Click here if you’d like to use this cartoon in your own publications, or if you’d like to see the rest of my church cartoons. (I am now putting the full cartoon here on my blog each time, but giving the CartoonChurch link for those who’d like to reuse or explore further.)
Interview. Minor aside – I did this interview with Aslan books, a new Christian book chain in the south west of England. I should say that I was, in hindsight, a little more down on ‘church’ than I should have been. Just the mood I was in on that day – sorry.
Posted by Dave at 8:21 am on October 23, 2012 and filed under Cartoons, New CartoonChurch cartoons.
My Greenbelt Festival t-shirts are now available to buy online from the Church House Bookshop site. Please note that these are the ‘Campsite-Talks-Beer tent’ design in adults sizes, and the ‘late night guitar player in children’s sizes.
Posted by Dave at 2:23 pm on October 22, 2012 and filed under CartoonChurch progress.
Hello. Yes, I’m still here, despite appearances to the contrary. So much that this website was recently described on another blog as ‘more of an archive site’ (ouch… but I can’t really argue). So, what has been going on whilst I’ve been away from the Church Times and cartooning generally? Well, I’ve been trying (and, to be honest, mostly failing) to sort myself out. Sorry, I know this is vague, but it is as much as I’m comfortable writing here. I haven’t entirely given up yet, hence this blog post. So, a progress update, in no particular order:
Merchandise. First of all, some good news. My marvellous publishers, Canterbury Press, are keen to sell some of my cartoon bits and pieces. To start with, the t-shirts that were on sale at the Greenbelt Festival are now available online – but I will post the link in a separate post if that’s OK. There are more items with cartoons on planned.
Finding the right place to work is continuing to prove a challenge. I’d like somewhere that isn’t home, reachable from home (I live quite near Laindon station, SW Essex), where I can have my own space and equipment (computer / scanner mainly). Ideally with other people. I will pay the going rate. Friends have very kindly offered space in church offices, but for various reasons none of the options quite fits the bill thus far. I’ve been to see a number of offices on industrial estates, but again, nothing that would be quite the thing. I know, I’ve mentioned this subject a thousand times, but once more can’t hurt.
Bicycles: Apologies for those who had been looking forward to great things from my new Cycling Cartoons site and have seen nothing. I shouldn’t, in hindsight, have been so hasty to launch it. My own advice to myself, ‘just go for it’ turned out to be, as is often the case, exactly the wrong thing to do. But hopefully there will be some new material very soon.
A tiny announcement: there will be some cartoons added to CartoonChurch over the next few weeks. A reminder that we’re very much still open for business. If you felt any sort of urge to sign up for a licence to use my cartoons in your church then, well, that would be lovely.
A small matter relating to this: the PO box that I’ve been using for the last 7 years hasn’t been renewed, as cheques were being returned to people undelivered. This happened before, and the Royal Mail said they had fixed it, but as it has happened again it appears as if they have stopped trying, so I’ve stopped paying. If you’ve sent me a cheque and haven’t heard anything and or the cheque hasn’t been cashed, then (1) please let me know, (2) huge apologies. For the time being paying by Paypal is the most straightforward method, but you can still send a cheque if that is easier – please send me a quick email and I will tell you the appropriate address to post the cheque to. I should, at this point, mention Renou, who has improved efficiency of the CartoonChurch admin operation by several hundred percent (contact her here). If you sign up now you get a personalised licence that you can print off and everything.
Thanks for all encouragement, particularly from those who post in the comments on this blog and on Twitter. It is a strange thing, the internet. A lot of days this new media world in which we live makes me utterly unhappy, but the right thing said at the right time can make the world of difference.
Posted by Dave at 8:29 am on October 22, 2012 and filed under CartoonChurch progress.
Yesterday I launched a new website, cyclingcartoons.com, which, as the name might suggest, contains my cartoons about cycling. There isn’t a huge number to see there yet (four), but the plan is do more and, if things go well, make some of my living from it.
I hope you like it anyway, particularly if cycling is your thing. Any passing on to potentially interested parties would be much appreciated. Oh, I should add, there is a Twitter page too: @cyclingcartoons .
I’ll be needing ideas as time goes on: if you have any topics that you’d like me to cover, or things about cycling / bicycles you’d like explained, then do let me know.
Posted by Dave at 1:06 pm on October 3, 2012 and filed under Cartooning, Cycling.