I’ve always wanted to write a book and after teaming up with someone who actually possesses some talent, months of hard work and dedication (OK, maybe not THAT much hard work), it’s finally done.
And here it is:
It all started after I worked alongside Steve Bright, an amazing cartoonist who, as well as being a great caricaturist, has drawn for some of my favourite comics and is also responsible for creating Bananaman.
After the gig, Steve and I became friends and regularly met up for coffee. Between us, we decided that it would be good fun to compile a book; a mixture of my jokes and his cartoons. The more we thought about it, the more we thought it would be a great creative exercise – a chance to create something that probably won’t be a bestseller or make us millions, but would take pride of place on our shelves.
So we set to work. Steve had a file of cartoons and I had some gags that I had been using in comedy, magic and on Twitter, so we compiled them all together and edited them down to the ones that we thought worthy.
And that’s what this book is: a compilation of some of the things we are most proud of. We realised that not everybody would favour our sense of humour (hence the title of the book), but it didn’t matter. The book is, and was always meant to be, for US.
This week, after a lot of hard work (mostly from Steve, who is a whizz with Photoshop!), we finally managed to upload the book and have it approved. Less than 24 hours later, here it resides on the shelves of Amazon:
Whilst I would dearly love you all to go and buy a copy – or even four – that’s not the real purpose of the post.
The point is that the whole process of creating, brainstorming, writing, editing, compiling and completing the book was such bloody good fun. It was exactly what we set it out to be – a creative project to share ideas and end up with something physical that we could both be proud of.
And we’ve done that.
Have an awesome Christmas, and if you’re looking for a book as a stocking filler…
…I’d recommend anything by Terry Pratchett.