Many of you already know this, but some of you may not know this about Dave. Prepare yourself.
He used to have his own daily comic strip in The Daily Universe while we were at BYU. It was called Hives.
This was one of the first things I remember about him. We were in the same student ward at BYU, but I was shy and didn’t have roomates that went to church so I didn’t know too many people in our ward. I was constantly asked if I was new because I wasn’t social with our ward for the first year I was there. One thing I remember though was reading an article in The Daily Universe about this guy in my ward, Dave Lesue, BYU’s resident cartoonist. I was impressed and also remember it being mentioned that he loved (and still does) Volkswagens. In fact, a few months into the fall semester of my first year in the ward, I was stopped in the hallway of Courtside apartments by this guy on crutches who asked me if I drove a VW bug. I responded in the affirmative (good ol’ “Betty”, a ‘74 Beetle that had been driven by five of us seven kids). But that was the only interaction that we had for about a year. He claims to have had a crush on me in the summer when I had my crazy blonde highlights but I’ll never know for sure.
The next fall (my second year in the ward), he started his comic strip, I got a new roomate, starting attending social events for our ward, and learned how to flirt thus resulting in being asked out by Mr. Dave Lesue. And the rest is history.
His comic strip has always been something that I admired. It was something that he had wanted to do since he was a kid and it was also a lot of hard work on his part that paid very little. It ran for one full year, fall semester of 2000 through the end of summer term of 2001. And for years after it stopped running we still met people that remembered and loved it. He would often include hidden messages to people as well as logos of things he loved. I love to get them out every now and then and marvel at his talent, his wit, his sense of humor and relish in the fact that he’s my guy. I am one lucky girl, if i do say so myself.
Here’s a little sample for your enjoyment (click them to see larger, more legible versions).