K1NSS & Dash!: The Interview
We had the pleasure of speaking with Ted Randall, who has interviewed many an accomplished and distinguished amateur operator on his widely-broadcast and podcast QSO Radio Radio Show based at www.tedrandall.com. So why us? Aside from taking the opportunity to establish if the dude behind Dash! sounds as dodgy as he looks, you might well find our discussion about hams' sense of humor amusing snack food for thought. And don't miss the interview-long memory lapse of your 'umble Cartoonist who forgets to plug his silly books. Click here for the podcast.

We go way back.

 

The Dog-Faced Ham is not my first cartoon character. Before Dash!, beginning in the earlier 80s, as Jeff Murray, I drew a number of features, of which the longest-running was Toady.

He hatched hot under the collar -- spouting off weekly in the back pages of Baltimore's City Paper.

Over the balance of the decade, into the 90s, Toady simmered down to a tortured pile of yuppie mush, bi-coastally embarrassing himself in a clutch of hep alternative papers including the New York Press and San Diego Reader.

He married cross-species to an amphibious minx by the name of Mud Puppy. They produced a precocious tadpole and did not become the Simpsons. By dumb sloth luck, I never quit my day job.

Conversely, OM Dash! was born almost twenty years late. Way back when, not content to draw obscure cartoons, I plotted to be a pioneer of ham radio graphic literature, but despaired at targeting our quirky niche cult -- a pastime that makes competitive train watching seem mainstream by comparison.

It took the Internet to knock down my last vestige of better judgment. Late 2005 dashtoons.com was loosed on the world and followed me into retirement, unshakable as a hungry stray.

At this point, you're probably familiar with our first two books of Dash!, our mugs, t-shirts and dog dishes.

But just in case you're insatiable, here's one more way very cheap way to help keep us flying. To plumb the depths of our murky past, please click Love Nest of The Lost, now downloadable for just $2.49 as an Adobe Digital Editions eBook from Lulu.com.