This little cartoon won me the prized title of ‘Times Young Cartoonist of the Year 1997’. The competition was never repeated. So, technically that makes me the ‘Undefeated Times Young Cartoonist of the Year 1997’.
The rules stated that work had to be from an amateur, I was. Under 30, I was. Not be previously published elsewhere, they weren’t!
At the time I was having a some relative success with Punch Magazine. My editor at the time, Steve Way suggested I enter and the rest is history!
Yes, I went to a not very glitzy award ceremony to get my prize, presented to me by the one and only, Gerald Scarfe!
It was a cash prize if I remember correctly. I spent the proceeds on an original framed cartoon and this new whizzy technology called a fax machine. This enabled me, to not have to trawl the streets of London in the early hours, to deliver my cartoons by hand.
I hope you like it,