This would be great!

Jeff Murray K1NSS of Dashtoons fame, posted the following on Facebook today. This would be awesome if it were to come about - and YOU can help make it possibly happen.

From Jim Massara N2EST:

"Eric Nichols, KL7AJ, and I are pitching the idea of returning Gil's classic "Jeeves" character in new cartoons to the pages of QST as a Rip Van Winkle character -- the hobby's changed, but he hasn't. We think it would be a great way to celebrate the League's centennial by connecting the hobby's past to its future. If you like the idea, email QST managing editor Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY at [email protected] and tell her so -- and share this post of a sample cartoon in as many places as possible."

Jeff goes on to comment further:

 "Fellow ham cartoonist/QSL artist Jim Massara N2EST and his partner in crime Eric Nichols KL7AJ are promoting the idea of a returning Gil Gildersleeve's Jeeves to the pages of QST. I think it would be swell to see Jeeves back where he belongs, trying to keep up like the rest of us geezers. It's a grand tradition. Many classic newspaper comics were carried on by other artists far far after the originals passed on. We grow up with cartoon characters like Jeeves, and they become little parts of of lives, and the continuity can be a small but real comfort."

Back to W2LJ - If I am not mistaken, 2015 is the Centennial of QST. I, for one, would love to see this. I am going to send Becky an enthusiastic e-mail. I hope you'll do the same.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “This would be great!”

  • Initially I thought, “just let it be history.” But when you pointed out that many cartoons are carried on past the life of the creator, I realized you had a point. The hard part is being as GOOD as the original. Are you up to it? QST has lost much of the fun it used to have, from The Old Man through W6ISQ. I inject as much humor as I can in the reviews and articles I write, but a lot gets edited out (for space… I think). I’m grateful for that they DO leave in. Anyway, it’s worth a shot! And whether it’s Gil or something new, QST needs it.

  • Jim Massara N2EST:

    Gary, thanks for the kind comment, but the idea is dead as far as QST is concerned. Schoenfeld answered within an hour of Eric’s first query with a short email: “While it is well executed, its ‘throwback’ style is something we try to minimize in QST, as we really need to be looking ahead and not behind us.” She later answered me personally with a longer email, emphasizing that “Steve Ford and I have been mandated by upper management to keep the magazine’s focus as current as possible.” When I suggested simply drawing in my own style so it wouldn’t be “throwback” — I’ve worked for Marvel Comics and numerous animation studios over the years — I was told that they “aren’t looking to run cartoons as this time.” It’s certainly a disappointment (I did some of my earliest pro work for QST in the 1980s), but it is what it is.

    Jim Massara, N2EST

  • Eddie AE7AE:

    Wow!!! What a fantastic idea!! Am all for it!! Was a fan from 1955 until they stopped. Please start them again! Maybe even create a booklet (eBook?) of all the past cartoons for us to download?? Thanks, Eddie AE7AE (ex: KN5COU, K5COU, K6CAA, KH6GLU)

  • DW7NIB:

    In my Humble opinion QST has gotten away from the days when there were more projects we could all build and is mostly now advertisements and maybe that is the way of the future but I hope not,I miss those days.73

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