CUPBOARD LOVE

Ideas that were going to make me rich and famous number 2301…

cupboard love

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During a very lively and creative time in my life, fresh from my theatrical success with Cluedo and other earth shattering ideas, I came up with Cupboard Love. What’s that? I hear you both say…

Cupboard Love was a series of ten little books for children, the same in stature as Mr Men books. Well, I thought if it’s good enough for Roger Hargreaves it’s good enough for me. I never seriously tried to get them published in the traditional way, because I knew all about printing and marketing – and the rewards would be immense compared with the snivelling amount a publisher would grudgingly pass over for all my immense efforts. So developing a brochure and even a point of sale unit was on the cards. All I had to do now was write them.

The ten adventures concern different containers you find in the average home. An aerosol. A jam jar. A jerry can. Get the gist? They would all inter-relate, and turn up in each other’s adventures – so for instance the jam jar who’d secretly got into body building, would rescue the squirter who was trapped under a large tin tray. And the bag would have a failing stage act with the tub, until they went away to the mountains to write some new jokes, like ‘how do you get toothpaste across town?’ ‘By tube…’ Excellent stuff like that. And the oil drum who helped the parcel unwrap himself to find out what he contained…  By now you’re probably thinking ‘how come I’ve got this far in life without reading these classics?’ It’s quite simple – they never got anywhere. Sad but true.

I still have some proof copies, and my little boy refuses to go to bye byes like a goodie unless I have read him one of them – so they can’t be too bad.

His favourite, which you can read here, complete with groovy page-turning thingy, is Jerry Can. The plot is fairly standard stuff – boy meets aerosol, boy takes her dancing, boy stands on toe of angry crate, that sort of thing…

The best bit according to him is when the crate challenges the jerry can to a can can contest which the jerry can wins easily. Reason? Nobody can can can like a jerry can can can can. He often says this for no apparent reason from the back seat of the car…

I have done plenty of book cartoons as you can see on my website. Here we go again
www.duncancartoons.com but Cupboard Love is among the best. Line and watercolour. Not a computer in sight.

Why did they fail so totally? Maybe they didn’t – if my little man loves them and laughs at them nearly every night before the final cuddle…