Monday 19 August 2013

Did I ever tell you about the time...

I drew the above cartoon (in draft) at last year's Eurostar during the evening while chatting with other testers. Bart Knaack, a very cool tester and in charge of the Test Lab at the conference, came up with the idea of he cartoon, all I had to do was draw it.

Have you seen my Facebook page yet?
Thanks everyone who have suggested a title for the Cartoon Tester book, please keep the suggestions coming! You can add your ideas to the comments below.

Friday 2 August 2013


So the other day I was flicking through Michael Bolton’s blog (developsense) looking for a specific article, the one about visualising your work day as a tester. It was taken much longer than I expected to find the article and I started to think that Mr Bolton should really write and publish a software testing book so it’s easier to read and to find the topics he has written about, it would certainly make life easier for me anyway… and then it hit me! I was being a hypocrite as I should do the same with my cartoons! So decision made, I shall create and publish a Cartoon Tester book!

I hope you’re excited, because I am!

First things first. I need a title for the book and I trust you can help me. Please add a comment to this post (or Facebook, see details below) with your suggested book title. Whichever one I choose will get the book for free! Give as many suggestions as you please, the more the merrier.

For the book, I would love to print comments from the Cartoon Tester fans. Here’s what you do:
I have created a Cartoon Tester page on Facebook:
Go there and make comments, either general comments or comments for a specific cartoon that I will upload over the coming days (I’ll upload the more popular ones). Along with your comment, please leave your initials, name or pseudonym, as well as your city and country. By posting your comment, you’re allowing me to include it in the book. Thank you! Feel free to leave the comment using your native language (I plan to print both the original and translation - I think it would be cool to create a multicultural and multi-lingual book).

Summary and Actions:
  • Cartoon Tester Book – Yay! – Action AG
  • Leave comments for a title – Action All
  • Leave comments about Cartoon Tester – Action all

Project Timelines:
  • Book Title by end of August
  • Upload 1st draft of book on Leanpub by 1st of September
  • Final version of book by end of September
  • Send book to printers by end of October
  • Read book

Thanks all

P.S. this is my first book, so I might be a bit optimistic with the project timelines.

Here's a cartoon that never made it past the first draft. I probably drew it over 3 years ago. My original idea was to leave the lined paper background on all cartoons