Amongst the guests were many of his distinguished peers, including Steve Appleby, David Gentleman, Posy Simmonds, Nick Garland, John Jensen and broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.
Mel Calman was one of Britain’s best loved cartoonists. In Stephanie’s speech or welcome, in the Cartoon Gallery, of which he was one of the founders, she reminded us that it was in this area of human relations that he truly excelled, and where his work is timeless. She also quoted Michael Palin, who has provided a foreword for Let’s Compromise and Say I’m Right:
“He had an uncanny ear for the nuances of self-delusion without ever making us feel we’re being mocked. In fact, it’s the opposite. Far from being judged, we feel we’re sharing the confusion with the cartoonist himself. Mel was like that – a psychiatrist who makes you laugh.”
“I’d recommend this volume to anyone in love or thinking of getting married. Or, more particularly, to anyone out of love and wondering where it all went wrong. These wonderful cartoons won’t stem the tears but they might just produce some choking laughter. And that’s a start.”
The Cartoon Museum is a gem to visit, and is currently organising a national competition for young cartoonists. Mel Calman’s Let’s Compromise and Say I’m Right is published on October 22nd; it’s the perfect gift book to slip into your pocket to cheer you up.