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Hilarious new card ranges from Woodmansterne

29 April, 2022 0 comments Leave a comment

Woodmansterne has two brand new ranges featuring the work of talented cartoonists Dave Coverly and Shannon Wheeler.

Dave Coverly is the cartoonist behind the Speed Bump range. From Michigan, Dave's cartoons regularly appear in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. He was won many Newspaper Cartoonist awards and in 2009 was named the 'Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year'. His cartoons have also appeared in the famous New Yorker magazine. 

We just love his sense of humour and Woodmansterne has selected some great cartoons to create their greeting cards. Here are a few of our favourites.

 

Shannon Wheeler is another American cartoonist, creator of the satirical character 'Too Much Coffee Man'. His cartoons have also graced the pages of the New Yorker magazine.

We particularly love his cartoon about the cat that has got fed up licking himself clean and has decided to take a bath instead!

Take a look at our Woodmansterne Card Range

We can now ship to the EU again!

06 April, 2022 0 comments Leave a comment

We had to stop sending orders to EU last July, when Brexit really kicked in for us and many other small retailers. From July 2021, all EU orders, even low value items, were subject to local taxes and duties with payment being required of the customer before delivery. We felt this would cause significant delays and annoyance to our EU customers. We reluctantly had to withdraw the option to send our cards to the EU, which was so disappointing after all the lovely customers we had built up over the years, particularly in Ireland and France.

The IOSS scheme was designed to remove this issue, by allowing retailers to collect EU taxes (at their checkouts) on their customer's behalf so that parcels would not be held at customs in the EU. The retailer pays all EU taxes due, by registering to do so in an EU country. We had tried to join this scheme last year but it was not possible to do so without using a tax intermediary. Frustratingly the cost of a tax intermediary made this totally unviable. Catch 22!

However, as we hoped it might, more companies have since appeared offering tax intermediary services at a more affordable price. We are delighted to confirm that the paperwork is now complete and we can open our doors to the EU again!

By being part of the IOSS scheme, orders to EU should pass through customs without any delays or extra fees being applied. (I should say this only applies to orders with a value less than 150 Euros.)

A new collection of funny cards celebrating friendship

12 November, 2021 0 comments Leave a comment

We have finally created a collection featuring funny greeting cards that celebrate the joy of having good friends.

We all love (and need) our friends and good ones are very precious. The endless conversations, the gossip and laughter, shared experiences and perhaps a shared bottle (or two). A problem shared is a problem halved as they say, friends really are cheaper than therapy!

Here are a few of our favourite humorous cards for friends . . .

 

 

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New arrivals to our funny Christmas card range!

05 October, 2021 0 comments Leave a comment

Christmas is coming - whether we're ready or not! We have lots of new cards to give this year's range of funny Christmas cards a bit of extra seasonal sparkle!

After the misery of 2020, we are all hoping for a fabulous Christmas this year. What better way to spread some seasonal cheer than to make your friends and family laugh with one of our humorous cards?

Alongside some perennial favourites, we also have some great new designs which have certainly made us giggle. We still have more to come but we couldn't wait to give you a sneak peek of what's arrived so far. To kick off, take a look at this great cartoon from Berger & Wyse

We also love this one, showing a Mafia gang using a Xmas tree netting tube to help dispose of their victims! Very dark but funny too.

Rosie Made a Thing is one of our bestselling publishers throughout the year and her Christmas cards are not too bad either! We love this one showing a lady being asked to 'say when' as her wine glass is filled with red wine - it is up to her shoulders before she says 'when'!

Let's hope there is peace on earth this year and we don't have to settle for socks instead . . .

We also love this one showing a woman delighted to have discovered that there are no rules about not eating trifle for breakfast - especially at this time of year.

Our range of humorous Christmas cards would not be complete without the colourful cartoons of Jamie Charteris and his ever-popular Santa & Co range. As well as some timeless cartoons that sell year after year, he has also produced a number of new designs for this year too. 

Rudolph has jumped on the takeaway delivery bandwagon, but rather than 'Deliveroo' he works for 'Deliveroody' - of course.

We are sure this one will be one of this year's best sellers. Perfect doctor - patient joke . . .

Here we see Santa 'jumping ship': he just can't take any more as Rudolph tries to entertain him with jokes taken from Xmas crackers.

A classic misunderstanding over a request for pigs in blankets . . .

The Sat Nav may be more accurate than Santa thinks. Love the expression on Rudolph's face!

From the Out of the Ark range, an hilarious caption showing a pair of tree lights discussing if they are working over Christmas or not. 

Back to cartoons, we have a brilliant one from Tim Whyatt and his Traces of Nuts range. Santa has no problem creeping into people's houses nowadays because everyone is busy staring that their smart phone!

From the popular Norbert & Val range, published by Emotional Rescue, a new cartoon showing Santa and Rudolph struggling to build their flat-packed sleigh!

Great to see the Fred cartoons back in print, thanks to Woodmansterne. Always loved the dry humour of cartoonist Rupert Fawcett.

From the They Can Talk range by cartoonist Jimmy Craig, comes this cartoon showing a dog illustrating just why he loves Xmas so much. He's in the prime spot under the dinner table.

If you want to be glutton-free rather than gluten-free this year, select a tiny bird . . .

Some new captions from the Irene and Gladys range for this year too. Irene and Gladys being two elderly ladies that visit an at gallery and comment on the artworks.

Artist Simon Drew's 'spot the . . ' range is always popular, a card and a puzzle rolled into one! This new illustration is perfect for Christmas.

Dandelion Stationery had a warm welcome to our stable of funny cards this year, proving to be very popular with our customers. They combine beautiful illustration with lovely humour. We were therefore keen to have some of their Christmas card offerings too!

and staying with the Gin theme . . . !

Modern Toss is one of our guilty pleasures. I say guilty because their cartoons are sometimes very rude, but we just love the dry humour. These are a couple of new ones for this year.

The cards published by Twizler, featuring the cartoons of Michael Canine, always sell well at this time of year. Here are a couple of new ones:

These are just a few of our new Christmas cards. We still have more to come and our range is huge as it is! Hope they get you in the seasonal mood.

View our Christmas Card Range

 

New funny cards from Rosie Made a Thing

29 September, 2021 0 comments Leave a comment

Rosie Made a Thing is one of our most popular publishers, producing funny greeting cards that combine fabulous humour and contemporary design, so we are excited to present some brand new designs.

Rosie is a talented lady, creating wonderfully funny cards that delight our customers year after year. Having started her greeting card company as recently as 2015, she has gone on to win Henries Awards for the Most Humorous Card Range (the Henries are the greeting card equivalent of the Oscars - and just as glamorous!) and has grown to become our best selling card publisher.

We are also glad to report that she has made the move to being plastic free, starting to supply her cards with a paper clasp rather than any cellophane wrapping. We fully support this move. More and more of our suppliers now supply their cards 'naked', without any plastic wrapping, and we always ask for them to be supplied this way whenever possible.

This month, she has released some new designs which we think are simply wonderful. We hope these will make you and your recipients giggle . . .

See all of our Rosie Made a Thing Cards

Shipping to EU problems

19 July, 2021 0 comments Leave a comment

Brexit really kicked in for us on 1st July when we had to stop offering delivery to EU countries. We are so sorry that this had to happen, and are sad for the many customers we had built up over the years, particularly in Ireland and France.

From 1st July 2021 all goods sold from UK to an EU country are subject to local taxes as well as customs duties. (Prior to this date, there was a threshold.) This is demanded (of the customer) by the receiving country prior to delivery, leading to extra costs for the customer as well as inevitable delays. The customs fees can be particularly high (so we have heard), sometimes doubling the original purchase price.

There was a scheme set up to deal with this - the IOSS scheme. This allowed companies to register to collect EU tax at the point of sale and then pay the taxes due to the EU, by registering and joining the IOSS scheme in any EU country. Once this was done, delivery would be as normal without extra fees or delays. We had tried to register for this scheme by applying to join in Ireland. Frustratingly, UK companies are not allowed to register without the use of a tax intermediary. Sadly, the cost of a tax intermediary makes sending to the EU unviable - we would be making a loss to continue.

Apparently, there is some negotiating going on that might allow companies to register and pay EU taxes directly, without the use of a tax intermediary. We hope this might happen in the future. Otherwise small online companies such as ourselves are stuck in a catch 22 situation. So sorry.

 

 

 

New range of funny cards from cartoonist Geoff Tristram

06 July, 2021 0 comments Leave a comment

We have teamed up with acclaimed cartoonist Geoff Tristram to publish some of his funny cartoons as greeting cards. We are delighted to present his hilarious Norman and Brenda range as well some other stand-alone cartoons.

Geoff is a very talented artist, cartoonist and comedy writer, as you'll see from a brief biography below.

In terms of his work in greeting cards, as well as creating the Norman and Brenda range, Geoff has also written captions for the popular Emotional Rescue 'On the Ceiling' cards and had jokes and cartoons published by UK Greetings and Rainbow cards.

One of Geoff's cartoons for Rainbow Cards

 

Of his inspiration for Norman and Brenda, he says that they were originally called Malcolm and Glenda: 'It came from a daft cartoon I drew of a fellow lecturer at Art College. He had arrived on his bike one day with his hair stood upright due to the wind. He had a jutting jaw which I increased by a few feet for comic effect, and a Hitler-esque mini moustache. Glenda was a woman who walked past me in the High Street the same day! I wanted the jokes to be a mix of surreal, daft, very daft indeed, and rude. Then the drawings evolved and I changed the names too. Originally he was named after a licensing agent who robbed me of a lot of money! Then he got changed to Norman for diplomatic reasons, a grumpy old neighbour from 40 years ago. I changed her name to Brenda for no apparent reason.'

Geoff Tristram has been a professional artist and cartoonist for over 44 years, working for a diverse range of clients including Penguin Books, Embassy World Snooker, the BBC, Carillion, Past Times, Ravensburger Puzzles, Reeves, Windsor & Newton, and Trivial Pursuit to name but a few. He has created artwork featuring the likes of Jonathan Ross, Ian Botham, Jeremy Clarkson, Alan Shearer, Ayrton Senna and virtually every snooker player of note. You may have spotted him on TV during the 2008 World Snooker Championship, interviewing the players as he drew their caricatures.

Geoff has also designed hundreds of book covers, advertisements and several record sleeves for bands including UB40, City Boy and the Maisonettes. In the 1980's he designed postage stamps for the Charles and Diana Royal Wedding, Lake Placid's Winter Olympics and Spain's football World Cup. In 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon's town and district councils asked Geoff to create the town's 400th Anniversary Portrait of William Shakespeare, which made him rightly proud.

His incredibly detailed Cat Conundrum, Best of British, and What If? jigsaw designs for Ravensburger Puzzles have thrilled and exasperated thousands of fans worldwide. He has also written 15 books, almost entirely humorous fiction.

Geoff's younger brother, David, was Comedy Playwright of the Year in 2015 and has also branched out into film-making including the hilarious Inspector Drake comedies and more recently, 'Doreen the Movie'.

 

After that introduction, let's take a look at some of his humorous greeting cards . . .

These are a few of our personal favourite of the Norman and Brenda cards. They're fun aren't they?

Here is an example of one of Geoff's other cartoon which is just so wonderfully silly!

All of Geoff Tristram's cards are printed in the UK, on FSC certified board and supplied with a kraft envelope made from recycled paper. They are suppled without any cellophane wrapping - they're plastic free!

Take a look at the whole range - View Geoff Tristram's Cards

 

 

New range! Say hello to Words of Wisdom by Dandelion Stationery

07 April, 2021 0 comments Leave a comment

We are delighted to present a new range, to join our selection of funny cards. We warmly welcome the Words of Wisdom range by Dandelion Stationery.

We have been wanting to add Dandelion Stationery to our selection of funny greeting cards for some time. Lockdown madness got in the way for a while but now they are finally here!

Based in Derbyshire, Dandelion Stationery produce beautiful contemporary designs and, with their Words of Wisdom range, also cards with some rather lovely humour too. They have recently won a Henries Award, which are the equivalent of the Oscars for greeting card publishers.

In the Words of Wisdom range the humour often revolves around health and fitness . . .

as well as trying to eat well . . .

Words of Wisdom also has some hilarious cards about parenting. Speaking as a parent, these cards are spot on! Here are a few favourites . . .

Of course, all humorous card publishers find alcohol very funny and all produce some designs focussed on drinking. Dandelion Stationery is no exception!

Needless to say humorous birthday cards, or should we say 'poking fun at the recipient growing older' cards are part of the range too:

These are just some examples of our favourite from the Dandelion Stationery range. There are also some great occasion cards such as New Home, New Baby, Thinking of You and Anniversary cards. 

The Dandelion Stationery range is printed in the UK on FSC certified board which is produced in a paper mill in the Lake District. They come with envelopes made from recycled paper. They are also supplied 'naked' - don't get over excited(!), this simply means they are are not wrapped in cellophane - they are plastic free.

Finally let me show you this great one about lockdown and what we might have achieved during this extended period. Have you learnt a musical instrument, become very well read or become a fantastic cook? Or have you just been eating and drinking excessively? Which camp are you in?!

Take a look our full Words of Wisdom range

 

This year's funny Christmas cards

12 November, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

We present this year's collection of funny Christmas cards, showing a mix of new humorous cards as well as some perennial favourites.

2020 has not been the happiest of years has it? A year of lockdown bringing with it cancelled plans and holidays alongside worries over the health and safety of our families and friends. Add to that the financial stress and worry over our jobs. Socialising has been restricted while live music and theatre has all but stopped. As I write this, a second wave of Coronavirus cases is building which might well affect our ability to celebrate Christmas in the normal manner as well. We can only hope that 2021 will a much happier affair!

With this in mind, we think that it has never been more important to send your friends and family a Christmas card, to extend that hand of love and friendship especially when normal family gatherings may not be permitted. We are biased of course (as we just love funny cards) but if you can make someone smile or laugh with a funny Christmas card during these difficult times, what better gift can you send through the post (well, for under £3 anyway!). It has been shown that a hand written greeting card has a significantly higher effect on a person's well being compared to other forms of communication, like a text or email. 

Well, let's take a look at this year's range of cards. We have everything from classic cartoons to cheeky captions as well as a separate rude section too. Santa and his reindeer, the Three Wise Men, the Xmas dinner, family get-togethers, the presents and all the excess eating and drinking are popular subjects for cartoonists and card designers.

The classic cartoons of Jamie Charteris and his Santa and Co range are always popular at this time of year and are firm favourites. This one showing Mary and Joseph about to set off for Bethlehem was a bestseller last year. Mary has made the mistake of leaving the hotel booking up to Joseph!

Other firm favourites include the one about Santa in a strop and also the one with Rudolph taking liberties with a curtain!

 

New for this year, this Santa & Co card shows some banter between Santa and Rudolph, typical of this range.

Rosie Made a Thing is now one our most popular publishers. Rosie's 'everyday' cards such as birthday cards have many loyal fans. She also produces some of our bestselling Christmas cards. These two are perennial favourites.

Rosie has some great new designs this year. We love this one illustrating some etiquette rules when it comes to mistletoe.

And how about this one showing the Three Wise Men, two of whom are shocked that the other has brought gold - it was supposed to be a £20 limit!

Also a regular in the Christmas bestseller lists is Cath Tate. This one suggests what three wise women might have done differently. We can't argue with that. We also love the one showing Santa on the psychiatrist's couch.

New for 2020, this caption card shows a man starting his Xmas shopping with only 3 hours until the shops close. [I think I know this man.]

Emotional Rescue is another very successful publisher of humorous cards and Christmas is no exception. This one was very popular last year - it shows a man in the operating theatre having the vacuum cleaner (that he had bought for his wife) being surgically removed. Oh dear.

Another great caption card shows a couple standing next to a large table covered with a vast quantity of bottles of wine and bubbly. They suddenly realise that they hadn't accounted for Boxing Day so they'll need to get even more!

Also from Emotional Rescue, this new card from the Norbert and Val range is already proving to be really popular. Norbert is busy preparing a welcome sign for the carol singers . . .

Another new one shows a woman who is clearly not happy to share her box of Ferrero Rocher. What happened to peace and goodwill?

We have also produced some cards ourselves this year. We have been reacting to the events of the year when creating many of our designs. A case in point is our cartoon card showing Santa in the sleigh, suddenly realising that his reindeer have been put on furlough! To think most of us had never even heard of the word 'furlough' prior to Coronavirus.

Social distancing at work can affect Santa too. He has adapted his sleigh to keep himself and his reindeer further apart which is all very well until they try and land on the roof of a house.

Here's a novel way to maintain social distancing while seeing the family over Christmas with specially adapted crackers.

Social distancing may well affect Christmas dinners this year, I can't imagine that we'll be allowed to squeeze around the table, with some of us perched on 'emergency' chairs and stools, as in normal years. I might be more a case of separate tables or even having some people in the garden shed!

As well as cards featuring our dodgy drawing skills, we have produced some text cards too. These feature a background that is exactly the same colour and shade as Santa's red suit. We've really gone the extra mile to achieve this (you're welcome). Feel free to amaze your friends and family with this trivial fact.

Simon Drew is a wonderful illustrator known for his great word play. He also produces a very popular 'Spot the' range, featuring puzzles to solve from picture clues. 

The classic cartoons from Rainbow also do well at Christmas. We particularly like this new one showing a man who has had too many sprouts with tragic results for his guests!

Modern Toss produce cards with wonderfully dry humour. As an example take a look at this favourite showing a family on schedule for a festive argument!

We also love this one showing Steve trying to save some money by offering to be the tree, standing in then lounge decorated with fairy lights with a star perched on his head. Martin Lewis would be very proud.

Kiss Me Kwik are publishers from Brighton and their range is packed full of cheeky seaside fun. They have produced a couple of great new designs this year.

Dean Morris publishes really funny cards that are often also rather rude! Here are a couple of new ones for this year . . .

The classic, colourful cartoons of Twizler are also popular at this time of year. The one showing a polar bear having an accident with his red wine is a tried and tested favourite.

New for this year is this one showing that Santa is not immune to the council's speed cameras.

 

These are just a few of the cards from our Christmas selection. Take a look at the full range - Funny Christmas Card Range

All of us at the Comedy Card Company hope you manage to have a happy and peaceful Christmas. It might a bit different this year but please enjoy it as much as possible and we'll see you again in a bright and happy New Year!

 

 

We launch our own range of funny cards!

12 August, 2020 0 comments Leave a comment

The Comedy Card Company launches its own range of cards to sell alongside the established ranges of cards from the country's top publishers.

With a lot of enthusiasm, an off-the-wall sense of humour and some truly dodgy drawing skills we were keen to have a crack at the card publishing malarkey. Surrounded by a vast quantity of humorous cards for many years, with a wide variety of humour styles, we have long been inspired to create some of our own designs. We had created and trialled a few Christmas cards last year to test the water. Some of these sold quite well so we have now finally got around to producing some 'everyday' cards. Over the years, we have collected a box full of scraps of paper, each containing a scribbled joke or cartoon idea. When we look back through the box, as it's been so long since we scribbled those notes, we are looking at those scraps of paper with fresh eyes. Some of them causes us to wonder 'what on earth?!' but a few make us laugh so these are the ones that we consider are worth a shot. 

The cards are all printed in the UK on FSC certified board. We supply the cards/envelopes without any cellophane wrapping so we are proud to be plastic free. Being online, cellophane wrapping is totally unnecessary as they are safely stored away from grubby fingers! More and more of our publishers are supplying their cards without cellophane wrapping, sometimes with a sticker keeping the card and envelope together. Where there is an option with a card publisher, we always ask to be supplied 'unwrapped'. 

We have lots of cards to come in the future but here are a few from our initial designs.

A real of-the-minute cartoon this one. As the hairdressers finally reopened, how many of us had a bush of wild hair ready to be shorn? I certainly had, having just stopped short of covering up the mirrors in the house to save me the fright of seeing myself!

(This is factually correct.)

Ah yes, your dog will always spoil a nice walk with a big fat poo!

Isn't the body an amazing thing . . . it gets better at multi-tasking the older you get.

Another cartoon about life during lockdown. The overflowing glass recycling bin tells us everything we need to know.

A cheeky birthday card.

The real reason why the recipient is loved more today than yesterday. Not so romantic after all.

2020 has not exactly been a fun year has it? With all those cancelled plans and the worry about health and work it's not exactly a year to party. As Prince said, maybe it's better to party like it's 1999.

These are just a selection of Comedy Card Company's own range. There are many more on their way. You can see the full range here - Comedy Card Company Card Range

 

 

 

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