Check out Ryan Schrodt's weekly webcomic Dear Dinosaur every Thursday at www.twoforonecomics.com

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Now Writing: DEAR DINOSAUR

For the first few posts on this blog, I'd like to briefly discuss the comics that I'm working on at the moment.  The first is my weekly webcomic, DEAR DINOSAUR! The webcomic, updated every Thursday, can be found at www.twoforonecomics.com alongside the excellent webcomics The Bait and Terrorbads.

Dear Dinosaur is an advice column written by a dinosaur (the titular Dear Dinosaur) who absolutely hates the humans that come to him seeking advice.  I launched the comic, which I write and draw, in January 2012 and currently have plans for it to run at least through Spring 2013 as long as people remain interested.
I recently released the first collection of strips, Dear Dinosaur Volume I: Advice-asaurus Rex, which collects the strips from January-June 2012.  Until I can get my webstore up and running (soon I hope), you can buy the book from me at conventions or just buy sending me a message here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.  I'm really lucky to have brought on my good friend Steve Bryant (creator of Athena Voltaire and artist on the upcoming Steed and Mrs. Peel for IDW) to draw the main cover, while I drew the convention variant.  Both covers were colored by the excellent Jeremy Treece.

This is a prime example of an early strip. Dear Dinosaur looks more like a crocodile and the overall look is really rough.
While my main focus is writing and I often claim that I am most certianly not an artist, I actually write AND draw the strip.  If you go back to the earlier strips, you can see how rough my art really was.  Yikes!  Over the months, though, I started using more professional equipment (mostly Faber Castell PITT pens) and started to develop my own style.  Now the comic is not only more consistent, but also the quality has vastly improved.  I'm actually a little embarassed of those early strips!

This is one of the last strips of Volume I. Obviously things have improved!

I'll post more about Dear Dinosaur in the coming months, including showing the behind the scenes processes behind creating the series.  In the meantime, enjoy the sneak peeks at other books that I'm working on for 2012 and check out new Dear Dinosaur strips at www.twoforonecomics.com every Thursday!

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