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    Default Phil 'Gil' Gildersleeve, W1CJD Comics

    Hey guys,

    I picked up a copy of The Gil Cartoon Book from Universal Radio last week, and I have been enjoying it a great deal. I love comics, especially comics from the first half of the century. One of the things I noticed was how many of the amateur radio opinions and frustrations we express here on this board are reflected in these comics from over 40 to 60 years ago. It was like he made these comics just recently!

    Some are pretty informative (like best amateur radio practices) and some are pretty funny (poor Jeeves!!).

    We need another comic artist/writer back to QST...

    Jason N8XE
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    That book is a gem! I love it.


    I know a candidate, Jeff, K1NSS of Dashtoons who could fill the bill. Be sure and go to the bookshop and take a look at the first two volumes of the Dash series. If you were an adolescent novice in the early 60's you're SURE to recognize a lot of yourself in Dash! Jeff's work is GOOD! Enjoy! The electronic copies of the books are pretty affordable.

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    I have long been a fan of Gil's work. Also that of N2EST who did QST illustrating in the '80s.

    Certainly we could learn to laugh at ourselves a bit more. Someone with the story telling skills of John Troster, W6ISQ, and the way Gil, W1CJD, could capture the amateur radio experience in a scene are much needed today. As we consider amateur radio a fun and entertaining hobby, our publications should reflect that. I can't draw so I'm out of the running.
    Nate, Bremen, KS
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    Quote Originally Posted by N0NB View Post
    I have long been a fan of Gil's work. Also that of N2EST who did QST illustrating in the '80s.

    Certainly we could learn to laugh at ourselves a bit more. Someone with the story telling skills of John Troster, W6ISQ, and the way Gil, W1CJD, could capture the amateur radio experience in a scene are much needed today. As we consider amateur radio a fun and entertaining hobby, our publications should reflect that. I can't draw so I'm out of the running.
    N2EST did the cover art for the Opus, as well as the section headings. He also illustrated my very first QST article back in 1983.

    I'm also a huge fan of Gil. He captured the "vibes" of ham radio better than anyone.

    Eric
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    Quote Originally Posted by KL7AJ View Post
    N2EST did the cover art for the Opus, as well as the section headings. He also illustrated my very first QST article back in 1983.

    I'm also a huge fan of Gil. He captured the "vibes" of ham radio better than anyone.

    Eric
    Eric,

    Half way through the Opus I wonder if we could get N2EST to do some work for QST?

    Jason N8XE
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8XE View Post
    Eric,

    Half way through the Opus I wonder if we could get N2EST to do some work for QST?

    Jason N8XE
    I believe Jim just finished a major ARRL project.
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    It seems Gil did a bit of freelancing too:


    I suspect that the stamp is covering his signature on this card. The other two have his, er, signature signature.


    I'm quite certain Gil did her caricature from this photo.





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    73, Steve
    43 years in Amateur Radio

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    [QUOTE=W1GUH;2396806]That book is a gem! I love it.
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    You're too kind Paul! While W1GUH is almost OM enuff to be my father, I assure all that we are not related and his generous comments were entirely unsolicited.

    Until this thread I was unaware of N2EST's call though I've seen his fine work and I'm sure I'll see more.

    Regarding Gil, he's the gold standard fer sure and was instrumental in my original fascination with the hobby. As a retro radio/comics fanatic from childhood, I found his stuff intoxicating, kinda like Major Hoople mashed up with tickler coils, 807s and open wire feedline. To this day, I'm mystified why the ARRL hasn't put out a large format, hardbound Abrams-style art book of his stuff, with a generous serving of biography, photos and non-ham work. Far as I know, with the exception of QST covers, most of his stuff was line art, so that would help keep down the cost of such an offering.

    I too was a John Troster W6ISQ fan, who also never missed Shep K2ORS on WOR. If you have the ham humor bug, here's a few links to more of what ails us:

    Dick Sylvan W9CBT, author HI HI A Collection of Ham Radio Cartoons, K9YA Telegraph eZine cartoonist
    http://www.k9ya.org/w9cbt/

    Greg Trook N0UJR author, N0UJR & Friends
    http://incolor.inetnebr.com/n0ujr/

    Bob Beasley K6BJH,SK Late Worldradio cartoonist
    http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/books/2337.html

    73 Jeff K1NSS

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