Dave King Memorial Blogpost

Dave was hella funny and brilliantly creative and kinda nuts, with a good heart that just stopped January 11, 2024. We both had comic strips in the Daily Illini in the late 1980’s; his, “Bob ‘n’ Dave,” was clever, hilarious, gonzo, and unpretentiously deep. Much later, as the Duke of Uke, he made “Spider Suite” which I used in my film Seder-Masochism. His was the absolutely perfect voice of Death, and if there is an afterlife I hope he’s simultaneously entertaining and scaring the pants off any souls he meets.


Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

2 thoughts on “Dave King Memorial Blogpost”

  1. I was so sad when I heard this. David King was a brilliant mind and wit and I will miss him deeply. The animation of the Spider Suite is a brilliant tribute to his wit and passion. And your tribute here is perfect. David King lives on forever!

  2. Nina, condolences all around. Thank you for this Memorial to Dave!
    Our household is still in a bit of shock.
    My first knowing of Dave was his Bob and Dave cartoon in the Daily Illini. On campus, when the morning DI arrived at our office, the first thing I’d do was to turn to the comics to read Bob and Dave. Made the rest of the day go great (most times).
    [NOTE following names have been a bit redacted to protect the innocent. 🙂 ]
    But we got to know Dave when our daughter, J*****, an amazing guitarist/song writer/singer in her own right with her own album/CD had a “relationship” with Dave. At one point they were wanting to get married in our backyard with Dave wearing a banana suit and our favorite Episcopalian priest, Father H****** officiating in a nun’s habit. True story. Needless to say, it never happened, but would have made for grand theater!

    As an aside, my wife and I knew your mom and late dad when I was on the Board of the Prairie Ensemble.
    Hope your mom is doing well – we hear she is from some friends.

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