Dinky first appeared in January 1986 in “Slick Says Short Stupid Sam Stories,” my comic-within-a-newpaper. He did not have a name at this time. In the comic, Dinky repeatedly interrupts Slick mid-story with his scenery-chewing walk-ons. Slick finds this adorable, but Sam gets annoyed and plots to kidnap Dinky. Sam then frames Q-Bert for the crime, but a secret video captures the whole thing, Q-Bert is cleared, and Sam is sent to jail.
|First appearance of Dinky Doughnuts, January 7, 1986|
|Dinky Doughnuts opens a can of whoop-ass on Sam, Jan. 7, 1986|
Dinky became a regular character and was quite a ham in his early days. He had a unique quality of breaking the third wall by sitting on top of the other characters’ speech bubbles, or inside them.
|Defying the laws of cartoon physics, Feb. 12, 1986|
|Whooz Whooz on Dinky Doughnuts, Feb. 18, 1986|
|Contest announcement, March 13, 1986|
Dinky began to show some very specific personality quirks, one of which was an extreme appetite for Doritos. Another was to spontaneously break into song. These two traits came into play in a subplot to the story “A Challenge From Coily,” in which Dinky Doughnuts and Slickette try to occupy themselves while the other characters take part in a Q-Bert game. Dinky auditions with a group of singing Doritos and joins them onstage for “Dinky Doughnuts’ Dorito Disco.” It has also been established that Dinky Doughnuts is a dachshund. Is that enough D’s for you?
|"Dinky Doughnuts' Dorito Disco," May 1, 1986|
"Cinnamon Bears" and "A Dude’s Thanksgiving."
Dinky also makes a cameo in the original Dude, I’m An Aspie! Can you find him?
He is probably my easiest character to draw, since he has barely noticeable arms or legs. However, this also makes it hard to convey action and expressions with him, so you’re most likely to find him laying on the ground, chillin’ out, and observing. I have never had a dog, but if I did, that’s the kind I would have. The laying on the ground kind.