I once met Raymond Briggs, quite by accident. I was in Selfridges and he was there signing books. I had to get one. Mr Briggs was just as you would expect.
Briggs has created some of the, I was going to say best loved but perhaps that’s not quite right for some of them, highly regarded illustrated books. Fungus the Bogeyman, When the wind blows, Ether and Ernest and Father Christmas. And, of course, in 1978, The Snowman.
I used to work in a school that had a staff common room. Papers were bought each day, and some weeklies. Staff could pay a small amount each term and keep all the used copies of the papers. I loved to get Punch.
I cut out the cartoons I thought were funny and pasted them into my Boots Scrap Book.
Here we are, nearly 50 years later, and I still have those books.
Some of the cartooons are still hugely funny, some are not. But I wanted to post a collection on-line. Mostly they seem to be British. Very British.
My idea is simply to celebrate these great cartoonists such as Michael Heath, Ken Pyne and even Bill Tidy. I am not making any money from it, and try to find links to individual artist’s websites, and if you know any, let me know. Or, if your work is represented and you are not happy about it, just let me know.