Mel Calman was one of the best-known British cartoonists ofthe twentieth-century, publishing in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Observer and The Daily Express among others. His work was also widely syndicated in the USA. He published over 20 collections of cartoons and co-founded the Cartoon Museum in London. He died, aged 62, on 10th February 1994.
Author photo © Alan Young
A small book this may be, it does though, pack a mighty and occasionally feisty wallop. Mel Calman’s cartoons about love and relationships have the ability to ring a playful or even wicked little bell as you read them. There is a charming simplicity to the drawing, yet startling, pointed wit to the words, and the two blend together perfectly. Michael Palin’s foreword had me nodding in agreement and Calman’s daughter, in her introduction gives an insight into the mind behind the cartoons. And so, I smirked, agreed with, knowingly tutted, and felt safe in the knowledge that I wouldn't be alone in recognising myself in some of the cartoons. Calman had the ability to write and draw and connect to a universal truth, that love and relationships, can at times, be ever so slightly complicated. ~ Liz Robinson