This was the first cartoon I sent Private Eye back in 1993. They had a long series of running jokes about the film Jurassic Park and this was my effort to break in on the act. I was disappointed that it was turned down as I felt it was good enough for publication but evidently Mr Hislop thought otherwise. I coloured the cartoon and put it on the back of my House of Hatch comic which is still available for purchase and well worthy of a wafer of your wad.
|"Do I not like that!"|
This was the second rejected cartoon. The context was that Graham Gooch had been given out in a test match after controversially handling the ball, preventing it from hitting his stumps. At the same time our national football team was suffering from letting in too many goals under the stewardship of Graham Taylor and so I pictorially combined both sporting matters. Hilarious! Actually, not really.
|Wash and goo away|
I also sent in another running joke cartoon that Private Eye had been riffing on, sometime in the mid 90s, this time it was on the theme of the 'Wash and Go' shampoo TV advert. Again, I thought this was an okay joke but back it came to me 'With the Editor's Compliments.' I guess I'm not, and never will be, in Ken Pyne's league.
Maybe I should send Private Eye another cartoon sometime soon just to see if their rejection slip has been updated. Fax?
Here's a real rejection of note http://www.lettersofnote.com/p/the-rejection-slip.html