THE RUDIMENTS OF WISDOM 1971
I started drawing a cartoon strip for a student newspaper called Stop Press. This was the
very first one to appear. The strip was inspired by finding that the university had
numerous books of odd facts - I just had to ask for all titles that started with Odd or
Unusual or Bizarre.
I had no idea at the time that the cartoon
strip would change my life, but a couple of years later, while thinking about getting an
engineering job, a reporter from the Observer newspaper happened to see the cartoons and
took them to her editor. The paper had been looking for a cartoon strip for their
children's section and decided to try mine. a few weeks later - after they had reprinted
all the ones I had previously drawn, they asked me to continue and I stayed for fourteen
and a half years (and never got an engineering job).
The 600 or so cartoons were published as an
Encyclopaedia called 'Almost Everything there is to know' and are now all on the web
and available second-hand from amazon