Napkin cartoon


Cartoon drawn on the back of a napkin in the branch of EAT on Long Lane, London EC1A 4HY.

This is to demonstrate that in these times of austerity there cannot always be a cartoon that has a joke or is of reasonable quality.

This is a rough version of a cartoon that may or may not ever exist. No one can be sure whether they are wearing ecclesiastical robes, long winter coats or hospital gowns.

Suggestions as to the meaning of this work welcomed in the comments below.

State schools


This was a quick education-themed cartoon that I posted yesterday evening. I say quick, because I only spent a bit over an hour from pencil-on-paper to putting it on Twitter. Those who know how I work will recognise that this is unusual. It is, at the time of writing, the third second most popular cartoon I’ve ever done (based on Facebook stats). I didn’t expect that. Thanks to a friend on Facebook who (unwittingly) gave me the idea.

There’s not much more about the cartoon itself that needs saying. It is a subject I feel strongly about. But I’m pleased it has gone down well, because I’d like to do more drawing like this – political and/or with a point.

Meanwhile my January / February work continues. I have just finished five extra cartoons for this week’s Church Times, which is Week 2 of the ‘C of E health check’ series that I mentioned the other day, along with my usual one. This evening and tomorrow I will be beginning to look through the texts of the features for Week 3.



This isn’t a new cartoon, but the only other place to find it is buried on my old blog.

Nothing much to add to my original analysis:

I think that the online world tends to cope better with happiness than sadness. This is a generalisation of course, and generalisations are usually wrong. That said people will rally round on your Facebook page during times of trial, so perhaps it depends more on the nature of your happiness or sadness. The same is true of the church. Loneliness or depression, for instance, do not tend to attract as much sympathy as something involving an impressive bandage.

The causes of online absences are notoriously difficult to diagnose. It could be that your friend who has not been seen on Twitter for a week is desperately unhappy, or it could just be that they have forgotten their password or that the wire has come out of the back of their computer. Sadly the likelihood is that few people will notice, as there is always someone else posting something interesting.

They could, of course, have realised that nothing beats face to face contact with an actual human being who is in the same room. But that said, some of these people could have been ones they met through a shared interest in being on the internet.

What I’m trying to say, in essence, is that the world of online computing is both terribly good and terribly bad. I realise that this is not a clear and coherent statement of belief, which is why I have never been asked to play any significant role in devising creeds for any of the world religions.