HE’s the man who turns local news into laughter. Now James Whitworth, The Star’s much-loved cartoonist, is set to make you roar on Record Store Day.
A sketch done by our man has become the official illustration of the date, which promotes independent music shops across the UK this Saturday.
And to mark the occasion - when sound-lovers are encouraged to buy their CDs and vinyl from local outlets - James will also hold his own exhibition of tunes-related cartoons at Record Collector in Fulwood Road, Broomhill.
Six of his pics will go on display for two weeks. They include his usual collection of characters bemused at the world, as well as references to city legends such as Richard Hawley and Reverend and The Makers.
“I’ve spent half my life and too much of my salary in record shops so this exhibition does nothing if not give me an excuse to spend more time in one,” the 44-year-old of Fulwood tells The Diary. “I’ve been a customer of Record Collector since 1981 when I bought a Bow Wow Wow single and a Simon and Garfunkel album - an eclectic pairing.”
He agreed to supply the official cartoon for the annual day - which will see several gigs take place at shops and venues across Sheffield - after founder Graham Jones got in touch.
“He’d seen one of the cartoons and liked it,” says James, who also produces work for Private Eye and The Jewish Chronicle. “He asked if he could use it across the country and I could hardly say no. It’s a cause that’s close to my heart.”
The exhibition starts Saturday when various live performances will also be held at Record Collector.