Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday's Random Calendar Cartoon - Rugby

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Another one from 'Wacky World of Rugby'. Wouldn't it be great if they had to stop an international mid-game to go and ask next door for the ball back? It would certainly add an element of danger to the game. "Ooh, terrible pass by Jenkins. It's landed in Mr Trubshaw's cabbages"


Normal Monday posting should be resumed next week! Tuesday just seems wrong.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday - cartoon strip

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Strip 3432 from Aug 2009. For the record, I have a fear of spiders and my wife has a fear of slugs. We have exactly this arrangement for getting rid of them. I also have a slight loathing of moths and have been known to jump around a room in a state of agitation if one is sighted. It's pathetic but there you go.
 
A reader emailed me and pointed out that I'd drawn it wrong, with Dai getting rid of the moth instead of the slug. I was probably too busy jumping around a room in a state of agitation to notice.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday

Hello one and all. Sorry for lack of new Bloke today - bit pressed for time, so here's a bloke from earlier in the year. Groovy!

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To enjoy today's bloke fully, I recommend you head to YouTube and type in 'Edgar Winter Whistle Test' to witness 9 minutes of musical genius and sartorial elegance. Watch for the 'Whispering' Bob Harris cameo at the end.

Here, I've done it for you.... Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein

Nib Nerd section: done in Photoshop.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3507 dated 20th November 2009. Children in Need is on telly tonight, so here's a strip from last year.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


I'm elsewhere today, so here's a guest Strange Looking Bloke from cartoonist Spencer Hill. Cheers Spencer!
I imagine the bloke in this picture is writing a strongly worded letter of complaint to his internet service provider about speed throttling.  He's just got that look about him...

Am I close, Spencer? Do tell!

You can find Spencer's website at http://www.spencerhill.co.uk/

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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Strip 3083 from 2008. Newport doesn't seem to have had a farmer's market for a while. Pity, since it was always a rich seam of humour - plenty of clichés to play with ('get orf moi land' etc.) Never mind, there's a French Market now and then - imagine the fun with that subject :)


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Sempe Winner


Ok, we have a winner for this fabulous cartoon collection. Quite a few people were in the hat on this one, as Rupert Besley so graphically demonstrated below...
(C) Rupert Besley
But there can be only one winner... so congratulations to Hypervox, aka Shaun Raven, for it is he who was randomly picked out by my glamorous assistant! Well done Shaun - the book shall be winging it's way to you very soon.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


Enjoyed an 'Evening with Neil Hannon' earlier this week. He usually tours with full band as The Divine Comedy, but this was a low key affair: just him, a piano and a guitar - the kind of gigs I'm enjoying more and more these days (like the Elvis Costello gig a few months back). He even played a moving version of 'My lovely horse' as a special treat. Joy!

Neil came on stage with bowler hat, pipe and briefcase, hence the additions in my picture. Don't know if I've caught the likeness, but no matter -  it was a wonderful evening's entertainment, and one I'd enjoy again at the drop of a (bowler) hat.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Sempe Book Competition

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED.
One of the most visited posts on my blog is the short (but sweet) review of 'Monsieur Lambert' by Jean-Jacques Sempé I wrote back in 2006. I also had a competition to win a copy of the book. Here's another chance to read the review and win a different but equally enjoyable Sempé book - 'Nothing is Simple'. It's a hardcover, 148 page book and well worth winning! (I guess I could have reviewed 'Nothing is Simple' rather than reprint the Lambert review, but I'm a bit lazy... :)

Nothing is Simple - book cover
You may be familiar with the work of Jean-Jacques Sempé, famed for his Paris Match and New Yorker covers. If however you are, like me, not a regular reader of those fine publications, Sempé would perhaps have remained an undiscovered gem.

To help us catch up with what the rest of the world has long enjoyed, Phaidon Press published a bundle of Sempé goodness in English for the first time, including the graphic novel Monsieur Lambert, four cartoon collections entitled Nothing Is Simple, Sunny Spells, Everything Is Complicated and Mixed Messages. A Sempé Journal, and two postcard sets are also available for those who require everything Sempé.

  
Monsieur Lambert by Jean-Jacques Sempé

Having been unfamiliar with Sempé’s work, (cartooning philistine that I am), I wondered at first glance if this graphic novel would be to my taste, with it’s gentle, typically French feel. One or two pages in and my inital thoughts were soon swept aside as I was drawn into the world of a small Parisian bistro and it’s everyday inhabitants. Sempe’s loose, seemingly effortless drawing style is a visual treat. Despite drawing what is ostensibly the same scene again and again, Sempe captures the details and mannerisms of cafe life perfectly - the eye is constantly finding something new to enjoy in each illustration.


The story itself, (translated by the award winning Anthea Bell) concerns the whereabouts of one Monsieur Lambert, who’s lateness at the bistro leads to much speculation amongst the diners on life, love and women. Past romances are revealed, amorous advice is handed out and everyone has an opinion to share. One caption reads “We at the bistro realised Lambert was leading a rather exotic life, but we never referred to it, avoiding the subject with the delicacy of true friends” while the wonderfully drawn illo above it shows the entire bistro talking about nothing but Lambert! Ah, such is life ...
First published in 1965 and now finally available in English, Monsieur Lambert is a beautifully put together book, well worth visiting.

For a chance to WIN 'Nothing is Simple' (RRP £16.95!) , simply send an email marked 'Sempe Book Competition' to tim@timharries.co.uk. Competition closes midday on Fri 12th Nov 2010, so you've only got a few days! 

Entries go into a virtual hat - first one out wins the book.

UK entries only sorry - postage would be a killer!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCED SOON!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Monday's Random Calendar Cartoon - Horses

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One from this year's Horse Calendar. Remember, it's physically impossible for a man to pick up and carry a horse this large, so please don't try this at home.


Saturday, November 06, 2010

Latest Foghorn Magazine

Foghorn 46 - Cover by Alexander Matthews

The latest issue of Foghorn (No47) is available to buy - more details about this issue's content (cartoons, articles and more cartoons!) and how to subscribe can be found on the excellent Bloghorn website, the digital blog of the Professional Cartoonists' Organisation.


Foghorn 46 - Cover by Steve Bright
While we're in a Foghorn mood, be sure to check out the last issue (No46) - now available for you to read online, together with the rest of the Foghorn Back catalogue.


Friday, November 05, 2010

Thank Dai It's Friday

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A strip from Oct 2005 with a bonfire theme since it's.. well.. y'know...


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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Strange Looking Bloke Wednesday


This is Bill, who I met on Newport High St. He was wandering around doing his Town Cryer duties and allowed me to take a picture of him mid bell ring. He looked great in his smart red longcoat with gold trim and had impressive sideburns! Cheers Bill!

Nib Nerd Section: just a bit of pencil and messy watercolour.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Great British Holiday Cartoon

 "Before you pack up, can we have our grandad back?"

Here's the other cartoon I entered into the 'Great British Holiday' cartoon competition. This came a very respectable second! Hurrah!

I'd left it right to the deadline to draw my gags and had to post off my entries to 'The Great British Holiday' early in the morning from Birmingham Airport, on my way to a great Italian holiday...

Monday, November 01, 2010

Monday's Random Calendar Cartoon - Computers

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This week's cartoon is computer themed. I spent a bit too much time worrying about whether it was 'spelled' or 'spelt' and decided to leave it as is. Both are acceptable I think!

While searching for a pic of the calendar cover online, I stumbled across this link which I'm sure we can all agree is brilliant. A heartly hello to Herbeys News Ltd! Diolch yn fawr!