Lubbock cartoonist looks to carry on Dirk West tradition

Published: Nov. 11, 2013 at 3:56 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 3:26 AM CST
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Cartoonist Scott Hall
Cartoonist Scott Hall

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A dash of Red Raider spirit here, a hint of humor there, and you have yourself a good old fashioned Dirk West cartoon.

Dirk West is a Lubbock legend and an iconic figure in Red Raider history, but known for his newspaper comics and the invention of Raider Red.

Although he passed away in 1996, Texas Tech alum Scott Hall is keeping his work alive.

"I was probably in 3rd grade when I first saw and noticed Dirk West cartoons," Hall said.

Hall says West's work had a profound effect on him and his generation growing, fundamentally shaping their image as Red Raiders.

So now he wants to bring back the tradition with some images of his own…like the Jones AT&T Stadium fox. But he wasn't sure how that would sit with the rest of the West family.

"I was hesitant because I didn't think that it was completely OK to just take someone else's creation - especially someone who had done such an amazing job with that creation and think that I had the ability to continue it," he said.

So KCBD brought the two together to see.

"I get asked all the time, what I think about that," said Tom West, Dirk's son. "I speak for the family…we are just thrilled!"

Hall and the West family hope these doodles bring some laughter and demonstrate the positive outlook of a Red Raider.

To see more of Scott's work, check out his Facebook page at

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