Sunday, 26 September 2010

Not funny- official

Well- Once again I've been proved less funny than the readers of The Reader's Digest-My original caption for the following cartoon came third in the recent 'Beat The cartoonist' competition.
An explanation of the rules again- the cartoon was published without my caption- Readers are asked to come up with their own- the best 3 or 4, I’m not sure exactly, are put up against my (anonymous) caption- then people vote for their favourite.
The one voted best was:
"You know the old saying- use it or lose it."

My original was "I've cleared away all the cushions and stuffed toy animals- it appears we've never had a bed."

Now, initially I thought, yes, the winner's was probably better- but, then I thought, 'NO!'.
The readers are tagging a gag onto a situation where they know the bed is missing-but they don’t give a reason as to why it's not there- why are this couple just accepting the empty space? Why, readers, why?!
My one at least has some logic behind it.
Yeah- mine was best- shut up.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Vesta Chow Mein

My lack of drawing over the summer has resulted in very little being published recently- but here's one that's just come out- was drawn some time back.

(I was going to make some comment about how they've let themselves go, and name check some female cooks- but other than Nigella and Delia I couldn't think of a third one...
Rustie Lee? Blimey, that was a while back though)

Sunday, 12 September 2010


Things might be looking up -I think I’ve been too moany lately- oh, the pain of the artist as he struggles to create magnificent art...
The sun's been shining- I’ve drawn some cartoons- BBC6 Music is playing more bonkers music (well done BBC bosses for making the decision not to close the station down!)- And a new cat has appeared- to be known as TDAC (Two Door's Away Cat).
He's a bit of a pest, and won't replace NDC, but he makes me laugh- even when he's eyeing up my grub, as per this pic...

Saturday, 11 September 2010

15 minutes

The life of a cartoonist is one of non stop parties, red carpets and champagne- Thankfully the typical cartoonist appearance of hideous troll means we're not bothered by the paparazzi too much.
At least we don't have to worry about coping when our starlight begins to fade.
This one is in the Spectator.

Up to you how deep the message- is it why they're still a couple? Maybe Mr Footie is pondering the meaning of life?

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

You can't take it with you

I've slowly been trying to get back into the drawing thing- I haven't been that happy with how my 'style' was developing- So I've been trying to get into a loose, more flowing and simpler way of drawing.
Maybe the ideas will flow easier too.
The following is another one of those toons which is full of drawing, but I’m not sure about the joke- Seems neither were the cartoon editors, cos I haven't been able to sell it.
I'm relying on people recognising that it's the moment when Tutankhamun's tomb was opened up by Howard Carter - and also that it was in a bit of a messy state- well, anyway, whatever.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

R.I.P. N.D.C.

Next Door's Cat is no more-I had it confirmed that he was put down last month-I had my suspicions- he didn't look well when I saw him last.
He could be a bully, but was also a bit of a softie- most of the time when he snuck into my house he'd curl up and have a nap on the rug.
An excuse to repeat the drawing I made of him last year.