My Movember story

Movember. I like to fly the flag high. Everybody who knows me, knows I go nuts for it. Most people think it's probably a bit of a laugh and doing a bit for charity. Me...I have never lost anyone to prostate cancer and none of my friends (touch wood) have ever suffered from testicular cancer, the two main beneficiaries of funds that Movember raises. However, in October 2010 I lost my cousin. I attended the funeral, complete with moustache...it was Movember after all...carried his coffin and laid him to rest. Something I planned on doing? No. Something I wanted to do? Definitely not. One of the hardest things I've done in my life? Without a shadow of a doubt. He was 22, young, fit, healthy, tee-total, played rugby, studying for his PhD...enjoying life. He was also a diabetic.

In the last 8 years I've watched the charity go from strength to strength and develop into the powerhouse movement the covers the globe in moustaches every November. In that time, I've watched as they branched out into new areas, highlighting things that you don't really think about...or don't really want to think about...but that really we ought to think about. Things about male health in general and not just the cancers that affect men. The awareness that it can go wrong and it could affect you. A lot of us live under the auspices of, "It'll never happen to me", and that may turn out to be true but blissful ignorance isn't the cure. It doesn't have to be you. It could be your mate, or your brother...or your cousin. 

"Mate, you look like crap. You checked your levels?"

And that's kind of where the MoBro's began - "How's your health?" - Just that little nudge to make you think, "Actually I'm not alright"...and also so you know you mates are there looking out for you.

That's why I do Movember now...and The MoBro's? The internet is doing it's thing with them...be nice. They're not there asking you to donate. They're asking you to look out for you mates.


So this is it...ladies and gents, sit back and enjoy the MoBro's as they show you that sometimes small talk can lead to big things...

www.mobro.co/mobroshlee - you know...in case you want to donate at all.


It's that time of year again...


Say "Hello" to the MoBros

I'll leave it at that.

Now you're either curious or frustrated.

They also have their own blog - http://themobrothers.blogspot.co.uk - go take a look. And if you feel like they are worth a bit of your hard earned cash then you can donate here - www.mobro.co/mobroshlee


Cider and Burlesque...

Dr Sketchy's, the infamous drawing school, finally found it's way to the west country! A fun little drawing session which focusses a bit less on the academics and a bit more on the fun.


Thoroughly "Modern Types"

So...many of you are probably here as a result of clicking a link on the "Ronald Searle in America" blog. If that is the case "Hello!" and welcome to this woeful example of a blog!

Anyway, as you may be aware, Matt Jones obviously has far too much time on his hands and has decided that, instead of video games or movies or any of the plethora of distractions we have in modern life, he would focus on something that someone at a university somewhere should probably award him a doctorate in...although that would make him Dr. Jones...and by extension his name would cease to be Matt and become Indiana.

I'm talking about Ronald Searle.

After enlisting the high and mighty ranks of the animation world's elite to prepare artwork for an auction to raise funds for the first Searle exhibition on the west coast of America, he resorted to scraping the barrel (thoroughly) and decided the it was worth the gamble of asking if I'd contribute something. Of course I was happy to...but will the gamble pay off?

And here is what I decided to put forward, inspired by leafing through "Modern Types" whilst sitting on the John. Each one is an ORIGINAL ink drawing accompanied by a character description in an attempt to recreate the wit and humour of what made those visits to the loo so enjoyable.

Please will someone buy them? If not to stop me looking like a Eurovision song contest fool (Nil points), then do it for Indiana.