Simon Chubb launches his first book after drawing up a successful career as a cartoonist

Cartoonist Simon Chubb is launching his first book – just months after giving up a full time teaching career to become a cartoonist.

“Dad, Seriously” is an exploration of the funny side of parenting and gives an affectionate nod to Simon’s relationship with his own teenage children and former pupils.

Simon, from Newcastle-under-Lyme taught in Staffordshire schools for 20 years before pursuing his artistic dreams.

“I guess it was a bit like running off to join the circus,” said Simon. “I used to draw cartoons to liven-up lessons all the time and just thought anyone could do that.

“But people would tell me I had a talent and I’ve managed to transform my hobby into a business.

“Dad, Seriously,” is my first book of cartoons and it looks at those awkward, yet funny, moments between parents and their children. It is an area where I have a great deal of experience both through talking to my own children and the children that I have taught.”

Simon, aged 46, continues to be invited into schools, working across the Midlands, inspiring children with his drawings.

But he has also expanded his services into a business market, illustrating web site blog posts, documents and social media, and appearing at business events.

“I have recently been asked to do “visual minutes” at conferences and training workshops. It really gets the meeting going and you see executives loosening their ties and getting involved,” explained Simon.

“Social media has changed the business world and there’s an appetite for something different now. I have done cartoons to illustrate all kinds of blogs on topics as diverse as health and safety and sales training.”

“Dad, Seriously” will be launched at the Methodist Bookshop, Gitana Street, Hanley, ST1 1DY, at 7pm on Wednesday, November 9.

The book will be available from local book stores and is for sale online via Amazon from 1 November.

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