<em></em><em>Comox Valley Record</em> editorial cartoonist Bob Castle with his book, “The Best of Under The Glacier.” Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley Record editorial cartoonist Bob Castle with his book, “The Best of Under The Glacier.” Photo by Terry Farrell

Comox Valley Record editorial cartoonist publishes book

Bob Castle’s ‘Best of Under The Glacier’ available now

Long-time Comox Valley Record editorial cartoonist Bob Castle has published a book of his top 100 Under The Glacier cartoons.

After more than 20 years of being featured on the opinion page of The Record, Castle said he felt the time was right.

“I did it now because it’s really important for me,” he said. “It’s a local thing. Local cartoonist, local paper, only for sale in two local stores – Laughing Oyster (in Courtenay) and Blue Heron (in Comox), and I just figured in these times it would be best to keep it that way. I had it printed locally by the wonderful people at ABC Printing. So the whole thing is Comox Valley local. I thought it would be good, especially now, during COVID-19… help some local businesses out, help a printer out.”

With more than two decades’ worth of material, he had a lot to work with.

“Near as I can figure, I think it was about 1996 or ’97 when The Record first started publishing me,” said Castle. “So I just went back through them all. There’s the ones that won me awards, the ones that got us the most hate mail, or fan mail, whichever… just the ones I got a lot of response from. I started off with some from 2019 and just worked my way back through the years. I have thousands of these.”

He did make an exception. He said he purposely omitted any of the cartoons that poked fun at specific people.

“Any of the ones about Stan (Hagen) or any of the MLAs, I left those out,” he said. “But there are cartoons there about the regional district, the Comox Valley, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay… cartoons about each of those areas. The ones people really liked, like the one about them filling the reservoir with Lucky Lager. All those fun ones.

“The response has been really, really good so far.”

Castle said publishing a ‘Best of’ book has been on his to-do list for many years. It was just a matter of finding the time to do it.

“The timing was right, particularly as everyone is trying to support each other through this pandemic,” he said. “We had looked at prices [for publishing] online and it has really come down in the past few years, but my wife [Lilly] was the one who said ‘let’s keep this local… let’s have it printed here, only sell it locally, let’s help each other out.”

Castle said when he approached the Laughing Oyster about carrying his book, he was taken aback to find out the store is owned by a former favourite target of his, Evelyn Gillespie, who was the NDP MLA for the Comox Valley riding from 1996-2001.

“I hammered her for a few years because it was during the controversial years, when the NDP was going to expropriate Glacier View Lodge, they had the CasinoGate thing… but she sent me an email saying ‘Bob, congratulations! We will take 10 books to start off, even though I’ve never liked your cartoons.

“She really didn’t like me, but I’m glad she can forgive and forget.”

Other politicians loved Castle’s sense of humour, including the late Stan Hagen (Comox MLA, 1986-1991; Comox Valley MLA 2001-2009).

“Stan was funny. It didn’t matter how badly I cartooned Stan, he would call me up and say ‘can I have a copy for my office wall?’ So it really depended on the person.”

For more information, or to buy a book directly from Castle, check out the Under The Glacier Facebook page.

For more news from Vancouver Island and beyond delivered daily into your inbox, please click here.

ALSO: Best of Bob Castle’s 2019 Under The Glacier cartoons


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Comox ValleyEditorial cartoons

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP pulled over a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Nov. 23 after noting that it didn’t appear safe for the road. (West Shore RCMP)
West Shore RCMP pull over vehicle held together by tape and cargo strap

RCMP deemed the vehicle unsafe for the road and had it towed away

Picture of two swans leaving the Cowichan estuary moments before one was shot out of the sky. (Submitted photo)
Petition to stop hunting in Cowichan estuary after swan shot

Hunting allowed in area, some seeking to change that after ‘act of sickening, malicious destruction’

Over 6,000 customers were affected by the power outage that started on Nov. 17. (BC Hydro photo)
BC Hydro crews worked 16 hour days to turn the North Island’s power back on

BC Hydro runs one transmission line to Northern Vancouver Island so there was no backup line.

Gordon Viberg was the fifth person to be diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. (Provided by the Victoria Hospitals Foundation)
Islander awakens from the ordeal of COVID-19

Gordon Viberg, Royal Jubilee’s ‘patient 5’ recalls being so weak he couldn’t get out of bed

Artist Daniel Cline discusses his sculpture, Harmony Humpbacks, during the June 20 walking tour of Oak Bay’s 2019 ArtsAlive sculptures. Harmony Humpbacks was purchased by Oak Bay as the 2019 people’s choice winner and is permanently installed at the Beach Drive entrance to Willows Park. (Kevin Murdoch Photo)
Influx of donated art a ‘fantastic problem to have,’ says Oak Bay mayor

Oak Bay goes from zero to 10 permanent art pieces since 2015

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

Bystanders attend to a cyclist who is knocked to the pavement of Oak Bay Avenue. Witnesses say the cyclist was knocked off their bike in a dooring incident on Oak Bay Avenue at Fell Street at around 12:40 p.m. on Wednesday. 
(Daniel Opden Dries Photo)
VicPD tickets driver for ‘dooring’ cyclist on Oak Bay Avenue

Incident occurred at Oak Bay Avenue and Fell Street

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at Okanagan campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. woman loses appeal to have second child by using late husband’s sperm

Assisted Human Reproduction Act prohibits the removal of human reproductive material from a donor without consent

A Nanaimo driver was sentenced Monday for fatally striking a high school student with his vehicle in 2019. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo driver sentenced after motor vehicle incident that killed teen last year

Brandon Geoffrey Murdoch fined and prohibited from driving for two years

Two of the weapons seized in a Nov. 8 traffic stop in Black Creek. Photo supplied by RCMP
RCMP seize guns, drugs in Black Creek traffic stop

Two arrested in connection with incident

Kwalikum Secondary School. (SD69 photo)
Schools superintendent says protocols don’t change after COVID-19 exposure at Qualicum Beach high school

Elder: ‘We were assured by the Health Authority that the school is safe’

Krista Macinnis displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
B.C. mom angry that students asked to list positive stories about residential schools

Daughter’s Grade 6 class asked to write down 5 positive stories or facts

Most Read