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2012 Dayton Hamvention

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About Us.

We're not exactly the same person.

Dash! The Dog-Faced Ham has expressed himself through me variously over the years -- first as floppy ears that popped out unexpectedly when I received a Remco radio station that fateful Christmas of 1955. My mother said it was just a phase, and sure enough, by junior year of high school, when I put down my Weller dual heat soldering gun, picked up a Gibson SG electric guitar, let my hair grow and my ham license lapse, the troubling ears and snout were obviously on the wane.

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Then came college, working day jobs and drawing Yuppie toad cartoons all night for hipster city tabloids through the 1980s.

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Oops. Then I got coldcocked by the 21st century.

 


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Just another scribbler who prudently kept his day jobs, I inexplicably returned to ham radio. Soon I began compulsively drawing that doggy demon of my possessed youth, now gone to seed clutching the straw of his boyhood hobby, just like me. And by 2005, I offered Dash! as a cartoon feature to both QST and CQ Magazines.

Sorry OM, no copy.

My old guidance counselor always said, if it doesn't kill you, it makes you more delusional. So like every obscure crank du jour, I embraced the web and dashtoons.com was loosed worldwide.

Then came our First Book of Dash!, followed by our second book launched at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention. We got written up in CQ Magazine and ARRL contributing editors Stan Horzepa WA1LOU and Ward Silver NØAX kindly gave us boosts and blurbs.

 

 

Since our salad years, Dash! and I have shared a ham radio cartoon vision. We admire the work of Maestro QST artist Phil "Gil" Gildersleeve for its warmth, its grace, its goodness so deep in the DNA of amateur radio.


 

Moreover, I was soaked in classic newspaper comics and intoxicated by Mad magazine. I followed Robert Crumb and Rick Griffin's underground comix crowd and became a fan of post-moderns like Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman and Ben Katchor.

 


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Consequently Dash! and I have no interest in reanimating your OM's OM's ham radio cartoons.

Instead, in our dotage, we wanted take our own dubious mashup derivative swing at what strikes us profoundly funny about our odd hobby -- the geek mothership vanguard of modern wired life.

 


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Oh geez.

Does that mean we're above ham cartoons of XYLs armed with rolling pins?

Probably not.

Listen. If we can amuse amateur radio operators, truly amuse them like a clown, mission accomplished.

 


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Crazy, huh?

Life passes in the tap of a telegraph key and still with the Remco toys.

 

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After almost sixty years, Dash! and I remain glued to electronic boxes. And the goofy strangeness of it all now plays out apace in a world far beyond our silly shack, with software defined radios, iPads, Android phones, Google glasses, RFID implants, Aye-Yi-Yi!

Who isn't a ham of sorts these days?

Think about it.

Oh, so you think that's funny, eh wiseguy?

Excuse me Laughing Boy. Oh yeah. If you think that's funny as our ham radio badge, you better come along with us.

 


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