Cartoon: Donated items

hymn boards

Click here to see this cartoon in full on the main CartoonChurch site. Once again this is from the last book, My Pew.

In other news: Thanks to everyone who has been buying the new book (sidebar, above left). It has been selling well at Church House Bookshop, where it is No 3 in their top 10 books. At least, I’m assuming that it is No 3, and that No 1 is at the top of the page. No 1 can’t be at the bottom of the page can it? That would make Fresh Expressions more popular than marriage services.

[10% discount on Church House Bookshop purchases until 12 noon UK time tomorrow, Wednesday. Use code BDLPGEBTZ226 ]

How people in certain areas can win my book

Book competition in the Door

A note for readers in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. You can win one of my books by entering the competition in ‘the Door’, which is the diocesan magazine. Failing that it isn’t too late to enter for the Olympics (see lead story, above) if you still have anything in reserve to ‘raise your game’ following my recent demand for 110%.

I’m aware, by the way, that most people can’t enter this competition for geographical reasons. I’ll run one myself before too long so that everyone has the chance.

The Door can be obtained from any branch of the C of E in the above counties. I don’t think that the competition is on the web version so you’ll actually have to go to church to get a copy. While you are there please attend a service, put some money in the collection and join a rota. I was formerly employed in the diocese, being a youth worker in one of the parishes until my retirement, hence my interest.

It is tricky coming up with a name for a diocesan magazine. Things seen around the house can be a good source of inspiration, hence the Door, the Window, and (probably) the Lampstand. In time all of the good names will be used up, and so we will have the Dishwasher or perhaps the Recycling Bin.

Do let me know your ideal diocesan magazine name via the comments. If we get a good list of suggestions we could forward it on to the Church authorities who I’m sure would be glad of the help.

Very nice review by Simon Jenkins

simon jenkins' blog

This is a bit self-centred, but there again this is my blog, so it is allowable as long I don’t revel in it. Simon Jenkins, the Captain of the Ship of Fools, has written a most positive review of my book of drawings, The Exciting World of Churchgoing, on his blog. See here to look at it on the internet. Thank you Simon!

In other news, there are one or two reasonably exciting developments. My people (ie me) are talking to their people (ie them). I can’t say any more than that. In fact, it would have been best to say nothing than to post something that will only invite idle speculation and tittle tattle. Oh well, too late now.

Greenbelt Festival 2010

I am now back on this blog after a holiday (We went to Ireland – more about that another time). Lo and behold it is now nearly the end of August, which means that it is time for my favourite weekend of the year, the Greenbelt Festival. Here is what I am doing or involved with at Greenbelt this year:

Launch of ‘The Exciting World of Churchgoing’

the exciting world of churchgoing

My new book, The Exciting World of Churchgoing will be available at the Greenbelt Festival and quite possibly in the shops this week. Hooray!

It is the third book of my Church Times ‘Guide to the Church’ cartoons. There’s no launch party planned. Perhaps I should organise one. Bit late really as people won’t have time to hire all of the formal kit etc.

[Aside: You can (when it becomes available) get the book via your local Christian bookshop, or via Amazon, Church House Bookshop, Waterstones or the publishers, Canterbury Press.]

Nightly appearance at Last Orders

This is the most exciting but most terrifying thing in the world for me at the moment. I will be showing some cartoons and doing some very limited talking in ‘Last Orders‘ on each night, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Last Orders starts at 11pm and is in the 2000 seater ‘Centaur’ venue, and other people on the bill include proper comedians like Milton Jones. Oh dear, what have I got myself into? On the plus side, whenever I have done these things before I have loved doing them and people have found them quite enjoyable and there has been some polite applause at the end.

No, I haven’t prepared it yet.

Cartoon Exhibition in the Church Times Tent

Some of my latest diagrams and some from the book will be on display in the Church Times tent. These will include ones like ‘The Periodic Table of Churchgoers’ which have thus far not been widely available beyond the newspaper.

The Church Times tent is in front of the grandstand. This year the tent has swapped places with the ‘Hub’ Literature venue as the Church Times was found to be on dodgy ground. By implication this means that the Literature is now on dodgy ground. This is a conundrum I haven’t yet got to the bottom of.

Map of Greenbelt in the ‘Church Times Guide to Greenbelt’

Every year I do a map of the festival site and moan about how difficult it is to draw for weeks on end to anyone who will listen. You can get hold of it in the free Church Times Guide to Greenbelt, available from the Church Times tent or from touts (ie me) who will be handing it out.


When not doing other things I’ll generally be hanging around in the Church Times tent pretending to help. Do come and say hello, and perhaps we can meet up for a cup of tea or beer. Not too much beer though, as I must be alert during the evenings.


I think I might be part of some comics thing. I don’t really know about that.

The Exciting World of Churchgoing

exciting world of churchgoing

I’m pleased to be able to announce that a third book of my diagrams has just been published. It is called ‘The Exciting World of Churchgoing’.

The book contains 90 cartoons from my Church Times ‘Guide to the Church’ series, and costs £6.99. The publisher is Canterbury Press – their page about the book is here: Dave Walker – The Exciting World of Churchgoing. There are also webpages on Church House Bookshop, Waterstones and Amazon. You can of course be able to buy it from a local Christian bookshop. If you wanted to ask them to stock it that would of course be marvellous.

Click here to see all of my cartoon books and calendars.

exciting world of churchgoing

Guide to the Church 2010 calendar: Situations vacant

2010 calendar

I’m pleased to say that my 2010 ‘Guide to the Church’ calendar is now available. It contains 12 brand new cartoons that are not available anywhere else. It is subtitled ‘situations vacant’ and is a guide to some of the jobs that you can do in church, for example bell ringer, choir member, cleaner, PCC member, coffee rota volunteer etc etc.

Producing 12 extra cartoons nearly caused my expiration, as it does every year. I really am only remotely funny once a week, meaning that such an extra effort resulted in blood, sweat and tears. Well, no blood, thinking about it. And not much sweat except when I kept the fan heater on too long. But some tears. Secretly though I am rather pleased with the cartoons – having not looked at them for a number of months I quite enjoyed them when my box of calendars arrived at the end of last week.

You can buy the calendar, which costs £5.99, via your local Christian bookshop (You might or might not have to order it), at Church House bookshop in Westminster (or online – they post overseas) or direct from the publisher, Canterbury Press (who also post overseas). Waterstones are listing it, but say 2-3 weeks delivery and then there’s Amazon, though it is currently out of stock.

The ISBN which will be useful for ordering via your local bookshop is 9781853119576

Update: The calendar is available on for those in the US.

Update on canvas auctions


Just to let you know that I will be auctioning the five Lambeth cartoon canvasses as previously mentioned, but that it will now happen in the New Year. Apologies to those who might have wanted to buy one as a Christmas present – I’m afraid that it has been the usual story of my spending all of my energy trying to get my creative work done and not having any time left to organise the administrative aspects. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

Meanwhile on my eBay site there are five more ‘Dave Walker Guide to the Church’ books up for sale – the auctions end just before midday UK time today. (Auctions now ended)

I am selling books on eBay

books on ebay

This afternoon I made myself a cartoonchurch eBay account so that I can start to think about selling these canvasses. However, I decided to start off with something a bit smaller and more manageable, so I’m now selling some signed copies of my books. My brand new shiny eBay account is here: cartoonchurch (0).

Now, I don’t really intend to make a long term thing of selling my books on eBay, as (a) I’d like to support local bookshops and (b) I’m too lazy to keep going to the post office. However, I do have a reasonable amount of stock that I need to shift, so I may well add some more if it works and people buy them.

I’d wanted to sell the books with a ‘buy it now’, but apparently I need to have more of a feedback score than my current ‘0’ before I’m allowed to be let loose on the ‘buy it now’ button. So the books are being sold as an auction, starting at 99p and hopefully ending up not too far from the £5.99 mark.

I might add more books, so please don’t bid huge amounts (not that you were planning to, I know) for a rare signed copy, because If I sell more they will become rather less rare. I will sign them saying anything you want (within reason) – so an ideal opportunity to pick up a unique(ish) Christmas present.

As an aside: I do have a personal eBay account, so the whole business is not entirely new to me. But my score on my personal account is (2) meaning that I am still really a novice. I’ll write about the not-terribly-but-a-little-bit-exciting story of my (2) purchases another day.

So… anyone like a book?

Update (Saturday midday): Have added another 5 ‘Dave Walker Guide to the Church’ books. These are a 3 day listing again, so will end midday on Tuesday if my calculations are correct.

My Lambeth book delivery has arrived

…and look what is in it. More details later.

[By the way – I am aware that my blog page does not work well for Internet Explorer users with small screens – the image and all the blog content drops right down to the bottom of the page. This is more likely to happen if I use 500 pixel wide images from Flickr like this one rather than the 400 pixel wide ones I usually stick to for this very reason.

If any CSS wizard can advise me what I can do to stop this happening I would be incredibly grateful. I have spent three years trying to work this out (not continually) and have been unsuccessful thus far]

Update: How does that look to everyone? [Technical aside: I have used overflow: hidden] If nothing looks out of the ordinary that is a good thing.

‘What am I doing here’ launched

What am I doing here?

[Click on the photo for a larger version on the Flickr website]

I’ve just been to the launch of ‘What am I doing here?’ at Church House and am sitting in the Methodists’ canteen. Aren’t the Methodists great.

The book has some of my cartoons in it. I gave a short speech and was videoed a bit. I will not come across well on the video. The picture above is of me signing some books with Hilary Brand, the author.

There is a press release about the book on the Church of England website which I have reproduced below:

Church launches a guidebook to churchgoing

26 June 2008

A cartoonist and an author have joined forces to create a fresh guide to churchgoing – published by the Church of England this week – which has already won praise for its no-nonsense approach to explaining the Anglican faith.

What Am I Doing Here?, produced by Church House Publishing, uses the main weekly communion service as a basis for explaining why people go to church, and what happens when they do.

Broadcaster and editor of Private Eye, Ian Hislop, is among early fans of the book’s ability to communicate simply what going to church is really about. He comments: “Most books nowadays explain why people don’t go to church anymore. It is good to find one that explains why people still do.”

Accompanied by illustrations from cartoonist Dave Walker, the pocket-sized book guides readers through each of the key parts of the Holy Communion service, demystifying what happens and why.

Written by Hilary Brand (Christ and the Chocolaterie; The Sceptic’s Guide to the Bible), the book serves as an ideal resource for churches to offer people who have recently started attending church, perhaps through contact with Fresh Expressions, Back to Church Sunday, or other mission initiatives.

It follows research (pdf document) that recently revealed three million people (six per cent of the adult population) would come back to church if they received a personal invitation.

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, is convinced that the book’s down-to-earth style will help explain what the 1.7 million people who attend a Church of England church each month get up to, without resorting to theological jargon: “Written from the perspective of an ordinary ‘person in the pew’, this book is a wonderfully direct, simple and informative guide to what goes on in church and takes us on the brief journey we make when we worship together.

“It debunks some of the myths about church – for example, that only ‘self-righteous’ people go to church. Church is for all people – the ragbag of saints and sinners that we are – and Hilary Brand’s simple clarity and Dave Walker’s cartoons should make it a more welcoming place particularly for those who don’t go to church, but might like to.”

Over its 72 pages, What Am I Doing Here? highlights key parts of the Holy Communion service, including:

  • Wonder and wow factor – how worship begins with finding and expressing gratitude for all that God has done
  • Admitting and acknowledging – recognizing and ‘owning’ the fact that we are responsible for messing up, and that we need God to forgive us
  • Receiving and renewing – the need for gaining strength, comfort and delight in remembering and reenacting the Last Supper, the ultimate demonstration of God’s sacrifice for the sake of humankind.

What Am I Doing Here?, priced £4.99 (ISBN 978-07151-4161-8), is available from Christian bookshops, or by mail order via the web.

My own page about the book is here.