Cartooning Competition – Deadline Soon!

The Cartooning Competition is nearly coming to a close. The deadline is looming! John Byrne ,the Cartooning Tutor tells us that this is the optimum time for cartoonists to start thinking about the competition and creating their design – as all cartoonists perform better under strict deadlines! So the following has been written by Spencer Hill (professional cartoonist and Digital Illustration tutor) to help our budding cartoonists with some inspiration. Best of luck everyone!

Knock knock jokes have been around for such a long time that most people know this ‘call and response’ format. Let’s over explain it anyway:

The joke teller says “knock knock” to which the willing recipient replies “who’s there?”
The joke teller now delivers the first part of the feed, which could be anything from a name to a made up word or an object.
The recipient repeats this with the word “who” added and the joke teller delivers the punchline. In most knock knock jokes this punchline is a repeat of the last line with a little more added to make it funny. 

Sometimes it is a new line completely, or the funny part is the joke teller interrupting the recipient before they can say “The interrupting cow who?”.

It is much easier to give an example:

Knock knock
Who’s there?
Doris who?
Doris locked! That’s why I’m knocking

Clearly there are two parts to this conversation which suggests two people. However this is a cartoon, so the conversation could be between a person and a door, two alarm clocks, the Earth and the Moon or anything related or not related to the actual joke. You are only limited by your imagination and the bounds of good taste as with the joke itself.

The format for a knock knock cartoon suggests that you need to draw a comic strip, but if you preferred there could just be one scene with multiple speech balloons or bubbles detailing the conversation. Again, how you do this is up to you.

If you don’t have any knock knock jokes in your head don’t worry. All you need is an Internet connection and a search facility and you will be plunged into a sea of possibilities. We are not on a quest for the most original knock knock joke ever, just a cartoon which makes us laugh.


Only one entry per student, in jpeg format – please try to keep file sizes below 10mbs.
All entries sent to
Deadline for the competition is 1st of April – April Fools Day!
Winner receives £50 Amazon Vouchers.

Any questions please email


Written by Spencer Hill
Digital Illustration Course


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