I reckon these are my funniest set of cartoons. Totally true to life - I know cos I've been there, done that, got the bruised bum.
The Inspiration came after my first outing on my newest wheels:
Me (all excited about rigid frame lightweight sportschair) "Hey, lets go on a walk around the housing estate!"
Lil Bro: "Sure."
off I trundle.....
Up the path, around the brambles, go on the road to get past the car blocking the pavement, and then reached an open carpark. Yay! Lets see how much speed I can get up!
- 10cms of accelleration...
- Sheepish look around to check no-one noticed.
- Get back into chair and try to look innocent.
- Laugh all the way home, with lil bro trying to do impressions of me falling out.
- Wonder how big the bruise on my posterior is.
So my first wheelie-life cartoon was born. A few months later it had multiplied into an entire book. Sarcastic, light hearted, true, and positively genius. (Note: this is my blog so I can be as big-headed as I like. I never said you had to believe me!)
(Note: this is not a direct copy of what is in the book)
And Helene Raynsford likes it. As in: Paralynpic Gold Medalist (2008). I was well chuffed at her feedback "Really funny and a great way of conveying wheelie life." Someone famous and a proper wheelie likes my book :D
Wheelies usually get the giggles and come out with stories about how they've been in exactly the same situation as poor stickman, but I love showing it to able bodied people cos by the end they are usually laughing but kinda thoughtful too, often commenting "I'd never thought of that." I reckon I succeeded in producing something that educates by making people laugh - how cool is that! If only I could think how to apply this to maths lessons I'd be a millionnaire.
(available from www.stickmancommunications.co.uk Among other places...)