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The PCO has a new Chairleg

February 26, 2018 in General, News

After a very successful tenure as PCO Chairleg the venerable Bill Stott has decided to step down to spend more time with Joan Baez and his Jaguar XK8 – happily Bill will remain on the committee. Step forward Clive Goddard, who will be fitting into Bill’s Chairleg trousers. Clive needs no introduction but here’s one anyway penned by great man himself:

I was born in Berkshire at the very beginning of the swinging sixties. Unfortunately I managed to miss all the swinging by being at school and, of course, by being in Berkshire. 

As soon as I was old enough to hold a crayon I decided I wanted to be a gag cartoonist. Personally, I blame the late, great Roland Fiddy whose cartoons I grew up with in the otherwise tedious ‘Look & Learn’ magazine. Blessed with generous parents, I was hurriedly furnished with a copy of ‘How to be a Cartoonist’ by Walter T Foster which I studied thoroughly despite it being about 40 years out of date.

 

Published in Private Eye © Clive Goddard

At 19 I was hired by the Newbury newspaper to produce a strip which could be about any local issue so long as it wasn’t contentious, offensive or funny. A mere thirty years later I finally sold a cartoon to my first national publication, Private Eye. It was a joke about BSE; a dreadful livestock disease but an excellent source of humour and a major breakthrough in my fortunes. 

© Clive Goddard

Since then I have drawn for the likes of Private Eye, New Statesman and Prospect as well as for the likes of Playboy, Zoo and the Sun on Sunday, so I’m evidently not fussy. I have been commissioned by the BBC, OUP, Paperlink, the Metropolitan Police, the RNLI, The NHS, Mars Confectionary and just about everyone inbetween. I’ve also illustrated a huge bunch of ‘Horrible’ books for Scholastic Children’s books and written three comedy adventure novels for kids.

 

© Clive Goddard

Happily married with approximately four children, numerous cats and a drawer full of Sharpies, some of which still work. 
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Cartoonist wins book award

November 27, 2012 in General, News

Fintan Fedora by Clive Goddard

Fintan Fedora © Clive Goddard @Procartoonists.org

We send our hearty congratulations to Procartoonists.org member Clive Goddard who has won a schools book award for his children’s story Fintan Fedora, the World’s Worst Explorer.

He scooped the award for best book in the Key Stage 2 category in the Stockport Schools’ Book Award. The award, which has been running since 1995, sees pupils from around 65 schools, from nursery through to secondary, read, discuss and vote on a shortlist of books.

Fintan is an adventure story written by Clive though not, in fact, illustrated by him (the above image by Clive is from a slideshow he uses when out and about promoting the book). Clive told us:

“I’m utterly and throughly chuffed about the award, mainly because Fintan is my first attempt at fiction, and was only written in the first place due a lack of illustration work.

“The event evening was a little overwhelming. Hundreds of people, all dressed up in their posh clothes in a beautiful big theatre. Animated video nomination packages, golden envelopes, acceptance speeches and everything. Just like the Oscars but with Stockport accents, which made it even better.”

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The cartoonist as writer

November 20, 2011 in News

Every cartoonist is also a writer — you have to be able to write the joke before you can draw it. But some take it further than creating gag cartoon captions, or dialogue for strips, and end up writing novels.

PCO cartoonist Clive Goddard is one. He has a book out for children (“It says 9-plus on the book but I’d say 8 to 12-year-olds could enjoy it,” Clive tell us) called Fintan Fedora, the World’s Worst Explorer.

Clive is well-known for illustrating books for Scholastic, such as the Dead Famous series, but this one is all about the words. Even the cover illustration is by someone else (Mark Beech).

The book is the story of 14-year-old Fintan who sets out to find the elusive chocoplum, the rarest and most delicious treat in the world. He travels to South America, little suspecting that there are kidnappers on his tail as well as an evil business mogul who also wants the chocoplum. Sounds like a set-up that only a cartoonist could create!

Fintan Fedora is available in bookshops and at Amazon