Later, by popular request, Mark led the youth
These cartoons used
to appear on the church web site, along with an on line version of the annual
report. One day I had an email from someone who said he'd used the cartoon in
his own church's newsletter, and he hoped I didn't mind. For some reason he
then went on to tell me at length that many people thought his village was in
Somerset but actually it was in the next county, and although it was a small
thing he felt quite strongly about it. I didn't comment on the geography but
said no I didn't mind him using the cartoon and could he send me a copy of the
newsletter. When it arrived I saw that he had changed the caption and
then I found that I did mind quite a bit really.
So I wrote again and
said please don't change the caption if you use my cartoons in future - it may
not seem that way, but I put a lot of effort into these jokes, and although
it's about as important as which county your village happens to be in, I do
feel quite strongly about it.
My wife said, "For goodness sake, it's
only a cartoon."
Very common worship.
Bit Anglican this
danger of starting on time.
St Nanook's of the North Pole.
We had this vicar
who couldn't just say "the whole church throughout the world" - he had to add
on "north, south, east and west" as though we didn't know where the rest of the
world was. My first thought was that he was deliberately excluding the
Midlands; my second thought was to come up with this cartoon.
have a third thought.
This shows the
Rotring pen I use for drawing cartoons. Actually I draw them with a pencil
first, then I get the Rotring pen out and spend 15 minutes washing out the old
dried up ink, and then I ink over the pencil lines. I rub out the pencil and
then mutter a lot because I haven't waited long enough for the ink to dry. So I
scan the picture into the computer, and spend ages editing out the smeary
marks. I fill in the grey shading with Photoshop and reduce the picture size
for the internet. Is it all worth it?
When this one came
out the vicar said he hoped that nobody in our church would ever give such an
unChristian look to anyone; the organist said he hoped that nobody in our
church would ever sing flat. I suspect they were both
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