Dim & Dash: Breaking Up

by Brett & Kate McKay on September 1, 2011 · 51 Comments

in Dim & Dash, Visual Guides

When you were a kid, did you ever read the comic “Goofus and Gallant” in Highlights Magazine? Goofus and Gallant were two boys with very different attitudes and temperaments. The comic would show how each boy would respond in the same situation–Goofus always did the wrong thing, while Gallant always did the right thing. What would those boys be like as grown men? We’ve decided to imagine in a new twice-monthly comic series called “Dim and Dash.” Drawn by Ted Slampyak, the comic will be a fun way to present quick reminders on the right way for a man to act. Hope you enjoy!

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Be Rad September 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Pardon my French, but I f*cking LOVE THIS!

2 Perfect Male Blog September 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm

This sounds like a great idea! We will be looking forward to it….

3 JohnE September 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Too bad it’s only twice monthly. It would be great to see a new one every week!

4 Jen Tanner September 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I used to read “Highlights” in the dentist’s office as a kid, and I’d flip to the Goofus and Gallant page first. Looking forward to your new comic!

5 P September 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Oh Well. I can never see any pictures in these posts.

6 Claude` September 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

This is a great idea. I want to print them and post them in my office.

Reminds me of Beavis, sitting in his dentists waiting room, reading Highlights when he says, “heh heh, Goofus is COOL!”

7 Claude` September 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Can you make it easy for us to point and click to post these to facebook?

8 Eric September 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I initially read this as “Dine & Dash: Breaking up” and thought it was going to be a joke article or something with the advice being to break up with the girl and then leaving her with the check or something very unmanly like that as an example of what not to do. Thankfully, it was another awesome and innovative way the McKays came up with to help us be better men.

9 Brett McKay September 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm


If you hit the Facebook like button that we have on every page, it automatically will post this to facebook.

10 Lucas September 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Awesome idea. Can’t wait for the next one!

Also in a slightly related note: Ladies, take the same advice. I had a girl break up with my via text and it stunk.

11 claude September 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

@ Brett

um. oh yea. I knew that. (slaps self in forhead)


12 Nick September 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

It seems Dash’s girlfriend is covered in leeches. No wonder he’s breaking up with her.

13 Daren Redekopp September 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Virtue building comics. I like it.

14 JeffC September 1, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Thank-you, Ted, for giving Dim the backwards baseball cap: the flag of the Boy-man. Let that accouterment be his signature attribute in this series, please.

15 Steve September 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Dim included LOL and several other inane acronyms in his text.

He is sometimes referred to by his other name: ‘Douche’.

16 Jill C September 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I suppose Goofus would have just cheated.

17 Kyle .A. September 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm

This is great.

18 Alex September 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Dash looks like Flint from the movies… I approve.

19 zeus September 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Breaking up with a woman through text will cause a loss of respect. After she tells all her friends you’ll be lucky if you can even get a date in the same state.

20 MSM September 1, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Nice idea.

I am happy to see anything that puts more of Ted Slampyak’s work in front of an audience. His “Jazz Age Chronicles” comic is one of my favorite comics ever.

21 Steve C September 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

What a great idea!
Like Jen I also used to flip to Goofus and Gallant while reading Highlights in the dentist’s office. A nice trip down memory lane.

@Nick (post 12): ditto! Thanks for the laugh!

22 Alec Moore September 2, 2011 at 12:52 am

this is way rad! i always enjoyed those comics as a child and i’m sure i’ll enjoy these adult versions as well.

23 Clay September 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

Great work guys! Waiting for the next comics. Maybe the next comic will be how to ask a girl out, just guessing.

24 Ed September 2, 2011 at 5:56 am

Since Dash’s girl is “on the market”, do you think you can introduce me to her? The lady looks like she has class.

25 Brad September 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

Great stuff, Brett! Love the site – getting better all the time…

26 Ted Slampyak September 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thanks for the nice comments, folks!

MSM, thanks for remembering Jazz Age. There’s a new two-volume graphic novel set out reprinting the entire print run of the original series. You can order your own signed copy at http://www.jazzagecomics.com .

27 chris September 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

Goofus ended up as an auto mechanic and married to Gallant’s ex-girlfriend.
Gallant had an affair with Goofus’s ex and ended up in jail for white-collar crimes.

28 Gianpaolo Pietri September 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

What a great idea! Great start!

29 Brucifer September 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

Dim sports a backwards baseball cap advertising his lack of couth, wears his shirt like an unkempt ruffian …. and by the looks of the floozy next to him, will soon be texting his buddies that he has a STD. Or, at the very least, she will lead him on for free drinks most of the night, before she tells him, “you’re not my type.” Dim and Dimmer.

I *LOVE* these new cartoons! I suggest an upcoming book …. a cartoon book of manly manners for the post-literate generation

30 Charlie September 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This feature is great! Super idea. The website/blog of the artist Ted Slampyak also features some really amazing retro/vintage pieces. Check it out!

31 Aaron September 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Whether it’s Dim or Dash; Lady, you’re getting dumped. :)

32 tim_lebsack September 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Beady eyes, hairy arms, shirt unbuttoned, hanging in a bar, cap on backwards, sleeves rolled up, tongue hanging out, insincere smile, thumbs-up sign to a provocative woman, drink spilled – Dim has more and greater issues than treating his soon-to-be former girlfriend disrespectfully. Perhaps that’s the point.

33 Bruce September 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

So great! Might be a good way to get my little brother to actually pay attention to some of the things that make a man.

34 knuf September 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I have a request for the next Dim and Dash comic:
“Dim pays attention to his cell phone. Dash pays attention to his girlfriend.”

I see it all too often, the Boy-man walking alongside his girlfriend chatting or text messaging on his cell phone while she clearly wishes she were somewhere else. Extra points are deducted when this happens during a date.

35 Mike September 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

@Lucas – back in the day (before cell phones / texting), my high school GF put a note inside my locker saying she wanted to break up… which I got after crashing a final exam. Not a good day indeed.

36 Mike September 2, 2011 at 3:59 pm

This is an amazing idea. I can’t wait to see more of these.

37 José Pablo September 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I’m amazed at the simplicity of the idea, yet it encircles a lot of significance. They do say that example is the best lesson.. why not take it from Dim and Dash.. jaja Great stuff!

38 Andy September 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm

The art art the old-timey reference are amazing. I’m jealous. Fantastic!

39 Walter September 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Whoa, thats what I thought of the second after I saw this.

40 Robert September 2, 2011 at 11:55 pm

This is brilliant, I hope this continues and becomes a long term archived feature on the site. Furthermore, I dont know if anyone else has thought of this, but these comics will make a brilliant teaching tool to help us guide our own kids. Kids like this sort of clean cut, X or Y, yes or no dynamic.

Does anyone else have any thoughts on that?

41 Robert September 2, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Also, forgive the double post, but eventually you could release these as a book, 2 to a page. Would be a great thing to have for the kids.

42 Frank September 4, 2011 at 1:49 am

Looking forward to the new feature. Seconding Robert and others, this would make a great book. An excellent reminder for us, and a great teaching tool for kids.

43 Patrick September 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

I have always had fond memories of ol’ Goofus and Gallant. I’m looking forward the the adventures of Dim and Dash. Thanks.

44 rax September 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

great stuff, keep em comin!

45 Andrew Clark September 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm

For a more twisted imagining of Goofus and Gallant all grown up, you guys should check out http://www.twitter.com/GallantGoofus


46 Darren Bush September 6, 2011 at 3:53 am

Goodness…I LOVE this. I totally agree the backwards baseball cap is douche-worthy and Dim should continue to wear it (and plaid flannel shirts, untucked). A soul patch is a nice touch.

Had a man-boy experience today that is Dim/Dashworthy. Picnic–girls stay to clean up, boys go rock climbing. I gave them a piece of my mind to chew on. Rude.


47 Patrick September 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Very much true.

48 John September 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Maximum manliness!

49 sam September 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I know that girl in the picture, (the one on the right) dumped by the txt messege guy, I’ve seen her before, can’t place her.

50 Robby December 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

Just remember, a break up consists of an actual relationship – not someone you went out with twice.

51 Connor January 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Dash, “I’m sorry darling, i have to break up with you because you have leaches on back.”

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