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Drawing D'Ville: Cartoonist Joins Patch

Local artist David Tovey captures the humorous side of our city.

When a self-described smart alec is as quick with his pencil as he is swift with his wit, what do you git? er, get? The answer is David Tovey, a cartoonist that assembles his random thoughts into pieces of art that give family and friends a chuckle. Starting tomorrow, at 10 a.m., they will also put a smile on the faces of Douglasville Patch viewers.

Over the years, the subjects of his comics have ranged from everyday life to childhood, politics, golf and aliens.

"Whatever strikes me," he said. "My favorites come from real life experiences but they may not be exactly what happened."

How do family and friends like being the subjects of his uniquely-humorous creations?

"They seem to enjoy it, even when they are the butt of the jokes," he said.

Even though he's been drawing since early childhood and he's always had a healthy sense of humor, he said he hasn't had much luck getting published. He just drew for family, friends and co-workers.

"I was working in an office environment and something would happen or someone would say something and I'd just draw a comic about it on the spot," he said. "We'd just enjoy it at work and that would be the end of it."

He said he once had a book of comics published in a little booklet that was handed out to employees for Christmas presents. Over the past four or five years though, he's begun saving them and has about 300 in a book, Dave's Book of Nonsense.

Originally from Kansas, Tovey's lived in Georgia since 1969 and in Douglas County since 1975. He and his wife Katherine have just celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary and David is currently a manager of a security company.

They have two children, both graduates, Kyle, 24 and Derek, 21.

Sarah E. Anderson August 11, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Welcome, David! I look forward to seeing your work.
Lu Zuccari August 11, 2011 at 07:53 PM
These are really funny!! I have a lot of relatives in Douglasville and, even though I live in Niagara Falls, New York, I love the Patch because it keeps me informed about what's going on in Douglasville. I've been in the news business for years, and I think the cartoons are great. I look forward to seeing more of them. Tovey's great!!
Angela Cavallari Walker August 11, 2011 at 08:17 PM
How cool! Can't wait to see more of your work.
Lisa Cooper August 12, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Wow! What a wonderful addition to Patch. Welcome!
David Tovey August 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM
I appreciate the positive remarks. Hopefully you all will enjoy them as much as I do drawing them. I am excited about this and appreciate Patch for the opportunity. Thanks for the support, and keep those comments coming.
Lisa August 12, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Congrats Mr. Tovey, Can not wait to see more...... Lisa T
Ralph Sullivan August 12, 2011 at 04:40 PM
I love your work, keep it coming. Ralph Sullivan Panama City Beach, Fl.
Kurt Olson August 12, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Awesome addition!
Just Me August 12, 2011 at 09:11 PM
Way to go, Dave!

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