Diagram Club Membership Questions

See also the ‘Membership Conditions‘ page, which might have additional answers.

Please see the list above for full details, but for a (hopefully) very reasonable annual fee you can support my work, get access to exclusive bits and bobs you can print, join the Diagram Club community on Facebook, join online events, and other benefits, some of which I haven’t thought of yet. There’s a Membership Conditions page (opens in new window) if you’d like to see the small (but still reasonably-sized) print.

In the past I have drawn cartoon books and sold cartoon merchandise. Whilst I’ve had excellent publishers, books on their own can’t fund the work that I do. And as for merchandise: the truth is that most of us don’t really need a lot more ‘stuff’ in our homes, so I don’t want to focus on selling ‘things’ with cartoons on.

I’m particularly keen to produce not only fun stuff that hopefully cheers people’s days up, but also work that makes people think. In particular, the way we travel, in particular promoting cycling and walking as a good choice for local journeys for those that can. At a time of climate crisis I feel this is an important message, and funding this work through membership makes this work possible to produce.

The ‘Diagrams’ section of this website (davewalker.com) will be the place to find everything. Most new work will also be posted to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The diagrams themselves (with the exception of the contents of the ‘downloads’ section), will be free to view by anyone – joining the Diagram Club brings additional benefits as outlined elsewhere.

I’m planning work on the following broad topics:

  • Current events
  • Everyday life
  • Sustainable transport
  • Cycling

It’s a bit of a peculiar mix, I know, but I decided that I’m at my best when I have the option to do a mix of work around my specific interests (cycling and sustainable transport) along with anything else that attracts my attention (current events, everyday life).

The choice of specific diagram topics is ultimately my own, but one of the benefits of membership will be the opportunity to suggest ideas, and guide my direction.

I considered this for a long time, but decided to use my own website for a number of reasons.
1) It means I’m not subject to the whims of the owners of a separate platform;
2) There a quite a few things that can be done on a website that can’t be done on a platform like Patreon, in particular arranging all my artwork in a way that allows people to browse and search easily. It should enable a much better experience for those who would like to reuse my work.
3) I quite enjoy playing around with WordPress, though this has taken AGES to build.

I’m promising an average of one diagram a week over a year, but my intention is to do significantly more than that. The formats will vary from very simple to rather more complex.

I just like the word. And it suggests something more than the traditional ‘one picture and one caption’ idea of a cartoon. But I use both terms.

There is a conditions page (opens in new window) with specific details, but in summary: you can use them in talks, on social media, and in printed publications.

Really important: I ask that a credit that includes tagging me is added whenever my work is used on social media.

The cartoons in the ‘Diagrams’ section of this website. Initially this won’t be a huge number, but it will grow over time.

The diagrams will include some, but not all, of the images from my books.

If there’s a diagram that you’d like to use, but it isn’t included in the ‘Diagrams’ section, please get in touch.

If you’re interested in my church-themed work, please see my CartoonChurch website.

I spent a lot of time considering this, and considered setting up a forum on this website. But the technical challenges are really too great long term, and Facebook is understood by most people, and it means that members should actually see the updates. I know, there are reasons Facebook isn’t ideal. If you’ve left Facebook, could you set up an entirely blank account and use it just for this? I know it won’t work for everyone, but it’s the best I can do.

Yes, you can. If you’ve paid for a year, and and you change in the middle of that year, the website should calculate the difference. Any problems on that front: please do get in touch.

It’s really difficult to know how much to charge for things, but I’ve done my best to make it affordable, and good value.

The standard membership is probably less than the price of a coffee a month, depending on where you buy your coffee.

I’ve tried to set the price so that standard membership is open to as many people as possible, but there are options at a range of prices for those who can afford more.

There’s a reduced rate, with all the same benefits, for those that can’t afford the full-priced membership at the moment.

I totally understand – it’s a tricky time, to say the least. I’m hoping the reduced rate, £1 a month, will make it possible for as many people as possible to join in.

If you’re being paid to do a job, then I consider your use of my material as being commercial. Please contact me, and we can discuss a fair rate depending on the nature and size of your organisation, etc. Once this has happened I’ll send you a link to join (I’m not able to invoice your organisation for Diagram Club membership).

Small volunteer-run cycling campaigns may go ahead and join (thank you!) either as individuals or a team. I’m leaving it to you to pay a fair price based on the resources you have and the level of use of the material you have planned.

If your role is voluntary, but your organisation has over 5 employees I ask that you contact me first, please.

Yes, that’s fine. You’ll only have one login for this website, but I’m happy to allow both of you to join the Facebook group under your own names.

Yes, you can. On the signup page there’s a link to purchase team membership. Each member of the team will have their own login on this site, so they can download the material, and can post on the Facebook community group under their own name.

Please also see the question about commercial use.

Yes, you can – see the Membership Gift Tokens page.

Renewal happens automatically at the end of the year, so if you want to continue as a member you don’t have to do anything.

You can cancel your membership at any time through the ‘Your membership’ link you’ll see when you’re logged in. This will mean that no payment will be taken for the following year.

Members are sent an email two weeks before the annual renewal payment is due, in case you want to cancel at this point.

If you’d like to leave the Diagram Club during the year please contact me. It’s my aim to be fair, but refunds are at my discretion.