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It is late, and I have been at Deanery Synod even though I am not a member of Deanery Synod. Suspicious.
Here are some end-of-Tuesday links for you:
An open letter to Subway about their cheese, from ‘Left handed toons by right handed people’. (Scroll down the page to see the September 10th blog entry too).
Man in Kenya draws his cartoons on a bus stop shelter. Not dissimilar to the way I started, though mine were on a door at Bible College.
Rev. Gerald Ambulance is now on Facebook. Rev. Gerald is an example to us all.
The top 10 religious blogs, according to Iain Dale, one of the UK’s top politics bloggers. The list is totally unrelated to the top 10 that I would choose, but interesting nevertheless. I suspect most of the religion-related blogs that I would see as being good ones are more or less unnoticed by the mainstream blogging world.
Lastly, I am proud to hit the Google top spot for ‘Rubbish Christian Blog‘. Somebody has to be there.
Posted by Dave at 11:59 pm on September 11, 2007 and filed under Links: bloggers, Links: cartoonists, Religion, Sundry posts.
There is a new church cartoonist in town – see Ian’s Youthful Blog for the particulars. I am impressed. I am not good at doing cartoons about baptism and especially communion, so have secretly made some notes.
On a not-really-related-but- slightly-related-I-suppose note, here is a good piece about how to display artwork on the internet. It is taken from the promising-looking ‘lines and colors‘ weblog. I will be reading half of it because I do not really do colours.
In News: I had mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwiches for lunch in an attempt to lift my morale. I pick the basil leaves fresh from the plant in the kitchen which you are only supposed to water when it droops. It seems cruel but that is what the label says to do. I love basil. I even like the sound of the word. Basil, basil, basil. Mmmm.
Update: Ian has added more junior cartoon church pictures.
Posted by Dave at 11:59 pm on June 6, 2007 and filed under Art, Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
Former Beano and Dandy artist Graham Kennedy sent me some links to a couple of sites that he runs to do with illustrating the Bible. First of all the Bible Picture Website, which has his work available to buy for use with children’s sunday school groups etc, and then the Bible illustration blog, which deals with some of the issues faced when illustrating the Bible. An interesting sample post: Bible pictures: Cartoon Vs Realism.
Above: Feeding the 5000 in 3D. This will be ideal for readers who happen to be wearing green and red tinted spectacles. You can buy this image and some others as a powerpoint here (I’ve had to reduce it to fit into my template – the original is way way clearer). You can buy the special specs too.
I don’t know that my black and white cartoons would work terribly well in 3D. I’d need to do lots of sculpting with bits of wire.
Posted by Dave at 9:39 am on May 2, 2007 and filed under Art, Cartooning, Links: cartoonists, Religion.
A couple of months ago I posted about the cartoonist ‘Jim’ who we had previously featured on Wibsite.com and his new website. I’m sure you remember. Don’t you? I’m sure you do.
Anyhow, Jim (who we’ll call Brendan) very kindly sent me a copy of his cartoon book, entitled ‘Gone Astray’, and I have been reading it and looking at the pictures. There are a lot of samples available on his website to give you an idea of the sort of thing the book contains. Jim does cartoons about church things – similar subjects to me in fact, but in a different style. Quite a few puns, the one above being one I particularly enjoyed. Jim is coming from the liberal end of Christian goings-on, so people of a similar ilk are likely to particularly enjoy what he does. But I think people of most ilks will enjoy it actually.
The good news is that the book is now available to buy via his website. The cost including postage to the UK is a very reasonable 30 New Zealand dollars, which, according to Google is 11.1575322 British pounds.
[Please note that the cartoon above is not covered by my usual 'blog it for free' arrangement. Please get in touch with Jim (who we'll call Brendan) if you'd like to reuse his stuff.]
Posted by Dave at 9:04 am on April 27, 2007 and filed under Cartooning, Church, Links: cartoonists, Religion.
Gren, one of Wales’ best-known and long-serving newspaper cartoonists, has died aged 72.
Gren – real name Grenfell Jones – drew daily cartoons for the South Wales Echo for more than 35 years.
BBC report: Iconic newspaper cartoonist dies
Lots of Gren’s cartoons can be browsed on his website.
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Posted by Dave at 11:50 am on January 5, 2007 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
A few years ago on Wibsite.com a cartoonist known as ‘Jim’ was a Guest cartoonist and we posted some of his cartoons. Well, Jim now has a website and a book launch this Monday. It is in New Zealand which may be a problem for some. Click the image on the right for details.
The book will be on sale internationally. I’ve been kindly promised a review copy which I’ll post about along with how you can get hold of the book when I know such information.
While we are in New Zealand, take a look at this interactive Christmas art installation using containers dotted around the city of Christchurch. This is, I think, by the same people who did this outdoor Christmas labyrinth.
Posted by Dave at 10:35 am on December 14, 2006 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
Yes, there’s a spiritual quality in jokes. I mean I don’t want to say that joking is not part of truth. When you’ve got a good joke you’ve often got a great truth there too, somewhere in there. The lovely thing about humour is not the practised humour, but the spontaneous humour that occurs between people you see. And it’s quite an impulse to joke that the producers of truth, lo and behold, we find ourselves saying something we didn’t think we were saying, you know. And in our jokes we speak our truths that we can’t say seriously. And I like that; the jokey tendency is often a way of accessing what we really feel.
Taking a moment out from my manic preparational activity I’ve been exploring this new Leunig site, found via John Davies. The quote above is a radio one, hence its unpolished quality. It is taken from this interview, one of many linked to from the site. Don’t miss the cartoons and the philosophies, both of which contain some gems.
I’ve been a fan of Leunig’s cartoons for a few years now, but hadn’t any of his books until Ian from Australia kindly sent me one the other day. Thanks Ian, thanks John, thanks everyone.
Posted by Dave at 10:24 am on August 2, 2006 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
At the 2005 Christian Resources Exhibition I met Tim Wakeling. I met Tim again this year and he showed me some of the cartoons he had been doing. He has now placed a few on his website ‘for general perusal’. To quote his site:
Since September 2005, inspired by the work of Dave Walker at CartoonChurch.com, I have begun to discover the spiritual gift of cartoonage. Here are some of the less Lee-Abbey-specific examples of my early work.
You can see more of Tim’s cartoons here. Great stuff Tim!
It always pleases me when people are inspired by my work to have a go drawing their own cartoons. Go on – have a go.
Posted by Dave at 8:00 am on May 30, 2006 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
I was having a bit of a rubbish day, not least because I mislaid an important item and couldn’t find it anywhere. Not unusual. Fortunately my countenance was made more joyful by the arrival of the post, including a copy of the rather splendid Three Very Small Comics from Cabanon Press. Thanks to Si for very kindly sending them – just the thing. Si, for those who don’t know, is an illustrator – 40 (bit slow on dialup) is a sample of his work. He is also the Editor of Porpoise, a new comic to which I contributed a small item. Which reminds me, I have some spare copies of Porpoise, perhaps I’ll give them away in a little competition.
Posted by Dave at 10:54 pm on June 7, 2005 and filed under Art, Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
I’ve learnt, via the Drawn blog that this weekend is the American National Cartoonists Society awards, the Reuben Awards. They are named after Rube Goldberg, whose inventions ‘have become synonymous with any maximum effort to achieve minimal results’. They are quite fun to look at, and include a mechanism to help you ‘Keep from Forgetting to Mail your Wife’s Letter‘ and a ‘Safety Device for Walking on Icy Pavements‘. See a selection on this page.
Posted by Dave at 11:07 am on May 26, 2005 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.
I’m planning a series of Cartoon Blog posts on some of the cartoonists I like. I started a week or two ago with Australian cartoonist Leunig, and promised that I would post some more links, so here they are:
Some cartoons (A bit slow on dialup, but not too bad).
Interview from the ‘curly flat’ website which has a lot more on Leunig.
Rowan Williams and Michael Leunig reflect on things of the Spirit.
Posted by Dave at 1:31 pm on May 18, 2005 and filed under Links: cartoonists.
Unordered (one of the Wibloggers) posted a link to this Leunig interview . It’s not new, but Leunig is a cartoonist whose work I’ve been admiring in recent months and I always find he has interesting things to say. I’ll post some more links to more of his work over the coming week, hence the ‘Leunig (1)’.
Sorry, just a short post today. There’s a huge amount been done this week, but still a lot more to do.
Welcome to any readers who’ve popped in via Church Times cartoon 2 by the way, do say hello.
Posted by Dave at 10:57 pm on April 29, 2005 and filed under Cartooning, Links: cartoonists.