Some time ago I published a book of cartoons as a present for my wife on our wedding anniversary. I thought that I would make some excerpts available on this blog in the hope that it would revive interest in the sadly undervalued work of genius.
Below is the short introduction that prefaced the book, some words of praise from some kindly folk who reviewed it, and some sample pictures for your delight and titillation:
Introduction to Scriblets
A book like this is usually published after the author is famous. For instance, a member of a 60s pop group, one half a comedy duo and the creator of a hit sitcom to (not) name a few have all published books of this nature. However, as I consider my prospects of becoming famous as vanishingly small I thought: why wait?
This book is dedicated to my wife. We met at work and every day I would draw her a little picture, which she kept. The majority of this book is a compilation of some those pictures, divided under four arbitrarily named headings that bear little or no resemblance to their content. The rest of the book is the product of my warped little mind in more recent years…enjoy.
Praise for Scriblets
“I was blind before I read this book. Not only did Scriblets cure me, but I can now see better than anyone else who has ever lived.”
“…if possible, reading Scriblets is even better than intercourse with my wife or girlfriend.”
“Artwork: childish. Poetry: fatuous. Prose: shallow and tedious. However, when one puts it all together one is left with a work of such wit and sagacity as to leave one quite breathless.”
“This book is a monument to humanity…” “…all future works of art must be held against it, and are doomed to wither in the comparison.”
“..such is the sheer naked power of this book, after reading it, I felt as if I had been raped…but in a good way.”
“If this book were a car it would be a Rolls Royce. If it were a tree it would be an oak. If it were a corkscrew it would be one of those cool expensive types…you know the ones? They grip the neck of the bottle? and you pull a lever? and then it just pulls the cork out real quick?…one of those.”
Kevin the tortoise and his heat seeking porpoise
ChristianTat and his pogo cat
Mr Rabbit has no tail, although oddly enough, people often have to have this pointed out to them.