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Where to eat your GEOBAR

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This is my new cartoon for GEOBAR, the fairtrade bar that is ideal for cycling (other active pursuits are available). The GEOBAR website tells you all about different flavours, where to buy them (includes Sainsburys and Waitrose), and the people who supply the ingredients from all over the world.

It is great to do another cartoon for Traidcraft, and also quite nice to be able to post a cycling-themed cartoon. September is deadline month for my cycling cartoon book, so there is a huge amount of drawing going on behind the scenes. I’m at the Fishermen’s Chapel in Leigh-on-Sea drawing for much of this week – see my Twitter account if frequent updates, including the state of the tide, are of interest.

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The colouring book is in!

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Exciting news – the colouring book has been published! I received my author copies today from Canterbury Press, and the package was opened with much enthusiasm. [See Fig 1. Scatter cushions go flying, etc.]

It is nice to see the new drawings I’ve done specifically for the book in print, and some that were previously only available in a small size in A4. Thanks Canterbury Press – I think it looks great.

To give you an idea of the kind of pictures are inside here’s a double spread taken fairly at random, and photographed (not terribly well, it must be said) in our garden a few minutes ago. You can see a few other sample pictures here on my CartoonChurch.com site.

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So how can you get a copy? The book is available by ordering from your local bookshop, or the following places:

If you buy the book and colour some of it do send me a photo of your colouring. I’ll tweet or retweet the best ones.

To those going along to the Greenbelt Festival this year do see my post about the colouring event we are running there. Saturday, 3pm, with a signing (I think) at 6pm.

Thanks to all who have been so enthusiastic about sharing and retweeting and liking my Twitter and Facebook posts about the book. And especially to those who take the time to write reviews on well-known websites that allow reviews – they are hugely appreciated and make a real difference – thank you.

To everyone who buys the book – I really hope you enjoy it.

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Greenbelt Festival: ‘Colouring-in with Dave Walker’

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Some news for people who go to the Greenbelt Festival. There will be a session entitled ‘Colouring-in with Dave Walker’, taking place on Saturday 27th August, at 3pm in the G-Books / Christian Aid tent. The programme says something along these lines:

Calling all artists (and doodlers) to help us colour in from the new Dave Walker Colouring Book (Canterbury). Pages and pens provided. Dave Walker will be on hand to select winners and hand out prizes.

Do come along if you’re at Greenbelt. Sadly I don’t think you’ll get to hear me giving insights from my vast colouring-in experience, but one can’t have everything. I will be judging the winners, which should be fun (although there are concerns about public unrest if I make an unpopular decision). If you want info on the other events taking place in the Bookshop Tent you can find it here.

The book, I’m pleased to say, should be out very shortly, available from places that stock such things, and / or the following:

In other Greenbelt news, I have done my usual ‘Reasonably accurate Greenbelt site map’ for the Church Times ‘Guide to Greenbelt’, which is given out around the site or available free in the bookshop. For the first time the map was drawn electronically rather than on a sheet of paper (interesting for me, less so for anyone else). And as usual the map was drawn before any last-minute changes to the actual layout of the site, so may be wonky in places.

If you’re at the festival do say hello if you see someone looking a bit like me around the place. See you there (possibly).

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Corrected 2017 calendar available

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Good news. The faulty 2017 calendars have now been replaced by ones with a valid October. So the calendars are now available once again. You should be able to order in a local bookshop (you may need to quote ISBN 9781848258525, but it’s unlikely), or from one of the following:

Thanks to Canterbury Press, the publishers, for sorting this out.

If you bought a 2017 calendar before July 2016 check to see whether October is as it should be. If not you can contact Canterbury Press, who will send you a corrected one.

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Where you live

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This is my latest cartoon for Traidcraft, as part of their Justice Matters campaign.

The video of the making of the cartoon is below. It is quite fun to be able to do these now I’m working digitally, and it allows you to see how many mistakes and entirely unnecessary steps I take when I’m drawing cartoons.

If you’ve enjoyed this cartoon / video and this is a cause you support please please consider signing the Justice Matters petition here. Thank you! Justice matters petition

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2017 calendar recall

A message for anyone who has already bought my 2017 calendar. I’m afraid to say that there are some mistakes in it, in particular a problem with a number of holiday dates, and October isn’t the correct October. Canterbury Press are therefore issuing a product recall and contacting all customers/bookshops that can be traced. New corrected copies are being printed as quickly as possible.

So, if you’ve bought a calendar already, please email canterburypress (at) hymnsam.co.uk and they will make sure you get a new one. Please contact Canterbury Press rather than the place you bought it. Any questions – do let me know.

Apologies for this, and thanks to all calendar-buyers for supporting my work.

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Bradwell festival

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Photo: St. Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea, by Erin Brierley

This Saturday (2 July) The Bradwell Festival takes place at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. It’s a kind of a mini-Greenbelt Festival for Essex. It starts with a pilgrimage, which is a 45 minute walk from the nearby village to the beautiful St Peter’s Chapel, next to the water at Bradwell-on-Sea, then once you get to the site there are speakers, music, caterers, a beer tent and more. Greenbelt favourites include Folk On, and Beer and Hymns.

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My involvement: I’ve drawn the map for the festival (above), and I’m speaking at 2.30pm in the Performance cafe (the ‘Performance’ aspect in this case mainly involving showing some cartoons…).

If anyone can come along then that would be lovely. I can advise on getting there if you are coming from London or elsewhere.

More festival info is on the website. The schedule is as follows:

12 noon: Daily Office in St Peter’s Chapel and then a service on the main stage led by John Pantry.

Main Stage and Chapel Field:

13.30 Annique / 14.45 Famous Potatoes / 16.00 Folk On / 17.00 Beer and Hymns @ Beer Tent / 18.15 Daily Office @ Chapel / 18.30 Famous Potatoes / 19.30 Andy Flannagan / 20.45 Daily Office @ Chapel / 21.00 Dirty Faces

Performance Cafe:

13.00 The Daisy Bowlers / 14.30 Dave Walker (speaker) / 15.30 Phil Underwood / 17.00 Beer and Hymns @ Beer Tent / 18.15 Daily Office @ Chapel / 18.30 Folk On / 19.30 Open Mic

Speakers’ Tent:

13.00 Brenden Thompson / 14.00 Jane Dolby / 15.00 +Stephen Cottrell / 16.00 Melanie Smith / 17.00 Beer and Hymns @ Beer Tent / 18.15 Daily Office @ Chapel / 18.30 Richard Syms / 19.30 Nicholas Henshall

This PDF has all the practical details if you’re interested.

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Reasons to vote ‘Remain’

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My referendum cartoon. I’m expecting flak, but so far mostly civil, thankfully.

Larger version for those that struggle to read this – here.

Sharing: Sharing today is highly appreciated, thank you. The cartoon is on my Twitter and Facebook pages, or there are buttons below.

If sharing, please put a link to this site, my Twitter, or Facebook page – thank you. This cartoon is free to post on personal blogs – any other use please ask.

If linking, please link to this blogpost, not the high resolution file. Thank you!

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The Invisible Church

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I’ve done some illustrations for a book, ‘The Invisible Church – learning from the experiences of Churchless Christians’, by Steve Aisthorpe.

It seems like a long time ago now that I did the drawing, but I composed a number of new cartoons for this book, which is published by St Andrew Press. There’s a cartoon for each chapter, some are new, some are old, and some may be familiar but are tweaked a bit.

I don’t do many book illustration projects, but I wanted to do this one as the topic sounded interesting, I liked what I read, and it felt like a good fit with my work. I don’t always find book illustrating easy, but Steve was a good (and patient) person to work with, and I’m very pleased with the results. Oh, and also the cover illustration – see below.

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As for the content of the book itself, here is the official publisher’s blurb, which I won’t attempt to precis:

For anyone who is concerned about Church decline, the contents of this book offer an essential blueprint for building God’s whole community in the coming years. This unique set of resources offers practical help and insight for all who want to grow, enrich and develop their congregational life.

The Church of Scotland has drawn on the findings of extensive new research that it has commissioned in order to put together this set of carefully crafted and informed resources aimed at helping every congregation to understand why people leave the Church, how to avoid unnecessary departures and, above all, to develop an enriching, vital Christian fellowship with the large numbers of Churchless Christians in every community across the country.

This ground-breaking book, illustrated by Dave Walker, offers information, hope, insight, prayerful reflection and practical ideas for bringing together in fellowship all Christians, whether they are members of an institutional Church or not.

If thinking about the future of the church is of interest to you then this book may well be just the thing. It is available in the following places, most of which also have further reviews to help you make up your mind:

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