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I had an idea yesterday which, having survived the night, might not be a bad one. As you might know, I’ve been fumbling around for weeks, wondering what’s wrong with me. I’d concluded that it’s because I don’t have a project on the go. It’s all fine drawing these gag cartoons which I might (probably might not) send off to magazines but it didn’t feel like I was working towards something meaningful.

The idea I had isn’t exactly Hillary deciding to climb Everest but it will help kickstart me to more productivity. I’ve decided to collect all these cartoons into a new book. I’ve always wanted to do a book of unconnected bits of silliness and that’s my new plan. I’ll probably publish it as an ebook at the end. I’ll probably stick it on Amazon. I might simply give it away for free here. I might even get it printed.

I’m not sure on length. The last books I published on Amazon involved negotiating around their limit on file size. If I recall correctly, they used to discriminate against graphic books since they start to charge for every megabyte used. A book of, perhaps, sixty cartoons might be impractical. Having reopened my old Kindle publishing account, I notice they seem to have made advances in publishing graphic novels. Hopefully, that means publishing a book of cartoons won’t result in overly compressed images that look awful on the screen.

For sixty cartoons, I’m already half-way there. I might include some old cartoons and stretch it to 100. I might even push on and do more. I don’t know. All I know is that I definitely have a plan and feel a lot better for it.

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Why Dunciad.com?

It’s a cool domain name and it was available. Yes, I know. Available. Crazy, isn’t it?

Really?

Yes. It also helps that it’s also my favourite satire written by Alexander Pope, one of the most metrically pure English poets who also knew his way around a crude insult or two. If you’ve not read it, you should give it a try.

So this is satire, right?

Can’t deny it. There will be some. But it’s also an experiment in writing and drawing, giving work away for free in order to see how many people are willing to support a writer doing his thing. It’s the weird stuff that I wouldn’t get published elsewhere in this word of diminishing demands and cookie-cutter tastes.