Odd types,dangerous faces.


” What’s his name then? “


” What’s he like? “

Big, bold, bit hard of hearing so tends to shout when speaking,
does n’t know he’s doing it.

The meeting was a get-together of the type crime  unit, a collection of faces that would not look out of place on one of their own wanted posters. They were all tasked with the search for one particular face.

“Who does this Franklin hang out with then”?

Well the whisper is that it’s someone called Elle.

She’s Swiss interjected another, continuing:

Cool lines – works a lot in banking. You can see her on their letter headings, she really has her foot in the door. She’s clinical with smooth lines, gives nothing away and not difficult to read.

” Any particular bank? HSBC? Hong Kong and Shanghai?”

” Nah, Not them, more likely to be a traditional British Bank”

“Like Santander?” quipped another.

” Leave it out!”  said the Chief forcefully ” The word on the street is that it’s Lloyds or Nat West, take a look sometime”

“Any other associates?” he continued, trying to put the names and the faces on a large white board so that they all understood.

” Gill! ” muttered the quiet one in the corner.” It seems to be popping up everywhere. Second name: ” Sands”

” Where did she come from?” said the Chief

” Daughter of Eric, but don’t ask too much about him, he’s be a candidate for the Vice Squad if he was still around – been dead for years but his faces linger on everywhere.

” So is this Gill any relation to that funny one – the comedian that is n’t funny?”

Well I know they have the same second name but that’s where the similarity ends…

” Comic Sans ” – whispered another of them in disgust, adding ” I’d say one of the ugliest faces around. Any more?

” I’ve heard of one called Perpetua who runs around with an Italian called Palatino – they are seen together now and then, but it’s a sorry match. Ok by themselves but trouble together. Not of much interest to us.

Cooper Black!!!

Interjected an enthusiast from the other side of the room

“What about Cooper Black – around a lot in the 60’s and 70’s – must be getting on a bit now. Anyone run into him at all? He used to be on all the posters but hardly anyone uses him now” asked the Chief


So they had their list of suspect faces:

Franklin Gothic: the bold one that was in a lot of the headlines.

Helvetica : that Swiss dame that worked for the banks.

Gill Sans : they’d got nothing on her, but she’s appeared in numerous guises.

Comic Sans – the least wanted face around, very suspect, not funny.

Perpetua and Palatino – both who were ok apart but trouble together and

Cooper Black – the poster king of the 70’s who was believed to be dead or had left the country ( Someone reported that he’s been seen on South America, but it might just have been on an old poster in a bar somewhere )

They’d all missed:
Gary Monde, one of a large family and as yet to come under suspicion.

As they shuffled for the exit the Chief called them back with one last exhortation:

“Be careful out there:

There are people out there who’ve never met these types, never seen their faces, but may well be tempted to become ‘ users’. They have to be protected and it’s our job to do just that, however unjustified it may seem.

We have to protect them from going a ‘font too far’.

What a morning of winter light.

This beautiful woman is a gargoyle on Gloucester Cathedral, the rain water comes off the roof out of the pot she is carrying.This is a wonderful piece of carving by the skilled stonemasons at the Cathedral and today was one of those days when the winter light is just right to photograph such things. This is high up on the Cathedral roof and it was only thanks to a telephoto lens that I was able to get this close, and thanks to one of those wonderful sunny winter’s days that the light was right.

I normally only feature cartoons on this site, after all this is what it’s all about for me, but an image like this deserves to be shared.

Back to the drawing board tomorrow.


Rough seas again, eighteen days later.

So here we are eighteen days later and ‘Rough Seas Rough’ got a little more finished, but not completely. Sometimes there’s a temptation to over finish, and when does a cartoon become an illustration. For me they are always cartoons these days. I’ll work on this drawing and it will be interesting to see if it gets better or worse.

This drawing reveals my fear of small boats out at sea. I used to go on holiday to North Wales and could never understand the attraction that people had to set out to sea in what seemed to me to be extremely small boats. At least these two have their lifebelts on, but one suspects the motor has failed and he’s not making much headway with the rowing. Let’s be positive, someone in the lighthouse will have called the coastguard and ruddy-faced lifeboatmen will soon be on hand to rescue them, so that they can do the same thing tomorrow. Heave to!

Netball woman, and other sporting moments.

hockeygirlwebThis is another drawing from the archives recently found. It’s from a book called ’43 Unsporting Moments’ and was written with my old collaborator Gordon Thorburn. The book dates from 1996, so getting on a bit now.

I’ll quote here from the text which is about a fixture at a prison:

” This girl, who would have been the dominant personality in any East German field-events team, did not seem especially keen to join in the sport
today. She gave the impression that among her preferred activities was having college girls on toast for breakfast…”

The lady on the outside of the netting is the resident umpire.