Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cartoonist Licensed to Poke Fun at Lambeth

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Cartoonist Licensed to Poke Fun at Lambeth

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Canterbury, England

Dave Walker's hair is a wacky mass of curls. His sense of humour is wackier still. And he put it to good use at the Lambeth Conference which, for the first time since its inception 1867, featured him as a cartoonist-in-residence.

Bishops and spouses have been seen chuckling in Mr. Walker's white tent, pitched on the grounds of the University of Kent campus, where some of the cartoons on display remind them on occasion that the emperor has no clothes.

Some people seem to think one can't poke fun at bishops but how has he managed to do it without leaving anyone bruised? "I'm being very careful to make sure that the work I do can be enjoyed by everyone and that I'm not putting forward one viewpoint at the expense of another," he said. "I'm trying to just produce work that anyone can enjoy and I found so far that the bishops have a great sense of humour and they all seem to enjoy what I'm doing."

The thirty-something cartoonist from the U.K.-based Church Times newspaper said that he's aware that his work is being seen "by people with varying viewpoints" and so he has tried "to do work that's fairly universal. …

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