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Cartoonist Creates Work-Themed 'Front Pages'

VANCOUVER — Award-winning cartoonist Graham Harrop is now creating Cover Story, a series of fun, work-related ‘front page’ cartoons intended to bring a lighter touch to corporate events.

Harrop said these mock magazine covers are ideal for conference and conventions, since they can readily highlight a theme or message. In addition, they can reinforce, in an appealingly cheerful way, the vitality of the work that attendees have in common.

Cover Story cartoons make a unique presentation gift for retiring executives, and also work as a farewell gift for departing employees, as appreciation awards and as e-greetings or other online communications, or as a way to say, “job well done.”

“I first send a few rough ideas based on information that the client has provided, and then the selected cartoon will be finished and delivered electronically, ready for PowerPoint or for printing and presentation,” said Harrop.

Winner of a Reuben Award and a B.C. Newspaper Award, Harrop has created similar work for McDonald’s, Bank of Montreal, Apple, Canada Post, Princess Cruise Lines and Telus.

Harrop also offers a line of corporate cartoons, created specially for a company’s blog, website or corporate event, and can put together original cartoon notepads created specially for companies, conveying messages that firms want to communicate in a positive and humourous way. These customized notepads are ideal for training sessions, conferences and conventions, and provide attendees with a fun keepsake of the event and the main ideas, points or themes covered.

In addition, he offers a line of volunteer-themed, 4.25-inch x 5.5-inch, 25-sheet cartoon notepads that are perfect as thank-you gifts to volunteers. Plus, volunteer cartoons are available as high-res Jpegs that can be used in outreach and marketing materials.

Born in Liverpool, England, Harrop has always had a love of cartooning. He has worked as a copyrunner, millworker, taxi driver and dining-car waiter. He now draws a daily comic panel, BackBench, for the Globe and Mail, and is an editorial cartoonist for the Vancouver  Sun. He lives in North Vancouver.


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