Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Hi Honey I'm Home!

I found this pile of cartoons in a dusty old file a few weeks ago and thought they were a tiny bit on the amusing side. They were conceived in October 1993 in the northern city of Leeds, when I hitched up from Wellingborough to visit my dear old chums Dan Bartlett and Sarah Keeble before they became Mr & Mrs Bartlett a couple of years later. The cartoons were our attempt to break into uncharted territory within the medium of spot cartooning and expand the boundaries of what is comedically possible in direct response to the already high standards illustrated by the regular cartoonists in the bi-weekly satirical periodical 'Private Eye', who were clearly having a ball at the time banging out numerous variations on the "Hi honey I'm home!" theme. Alcohol no doubt had a large part to play in this display of unwanted and unneeded creativity.

Obvious really. By Paul
I said 'Obvious really.' By Dan
Miniature mirth in La casa del 'Little and Large'. By Paul
Fingers, er, crossed with modern TV unit. By Sarah
Hitler + Bugs Bunny = Hilarity! By Paul
A topsy turvy tickler from Dan
Ha Ha! A clown! By Paul
JUST SAY NO! By Paul
He's hard and aroused. She doesn't seem impressed by either fact. By Paul
Grandma clearly enjoys sampling the good stuff. By Sarah
Harold's had enough of Plato 'not strictly adhering to early Pythagorean interpretation.' By Dan
Who would draw someone humongous smaller than someone who is not? Dan Bartlett of course!
Never trust a hippie nor Dan Bartlett.
I would be hopping home too if my honey was sitting naked with a miniature seal on her head. By Sarah
Click your heels applauding the emptiness of your life. By Paul
Amusing animal antics abide! Why knit a scarf for a donkey? But then again, why not? By Paul
Hitler had a son? By Paul
You haven't mended the shed! By Sarah
What on Earth is she supposed to be?  A brush?! I have no idea. By Paul
...and what is that shiny thing on the Rhino's chest? Why does the creature coming in have sunglasses on? Ask Dan.
Same joke as above. Different visual interpretation. By Paul
The reversal! By Paul
Just look at the size of that guy's plonker! By Sarah
'He gave me water!' By Paul
Biting political satire from 1993 with former Prime Minister John Major and his wife Norma. By Paul
I have no idea what is wrong with me. By Paul
Fresh from composing another intergalactic battle-chant, in comes Dave Brock with his audio generator. By Paul
...and extraterrestrial excitement ensues. By Paul
Ask Dan who will have no idea either


I wonder what their wedding night was like? By Paul
Homework imposes itself on Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'. By Sarah
Frank Bruno had just gotten beaten up by Lennox Lewis. Topical. Look it up. By Paul
Ooh er indeed! Ham-fisted honey-coated comedy by Dan
The door's ajar! By Paul
SURPRISE!!! By Paul
Enter a triple-breasted-fish/snake-thing. By Sarah
 'LICK PRICED' ?! What the hell does that mean!? By Paul
It's all about me. By me
'He Boney I'm M' goldfish and printer error. Ladies and Gentlemen, the one and only Dan Bartlett!
More scathing social commentary from the pen of Paul Hatcher
I said I have no idea what is wrong with me. By Paul
Another cartoonist did exactly the same joke and they published it! By Paul
And The Gold Medal... GOES TO SARAH!!

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