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Thursday, February 21, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Really Big Deal"

Last week’s commentary for Dear Dinosaur went over pretty well, so I’ll keep it up and those few of you out there that love the strip can have something extra to look forward to on Thursdays.  This week’s strip, which starts the second half of Volume III is “Really Big Deal” and can be found here: This is mostly a setup week and was one of the harder strips for me to do.  I wanted to remind readers of the looming threat of Disaster Dan (who debuted in week 3 of Volume III) but didn’t want that to be the sole focus of the strip. Since I knew that the fictional version of me would be delivering the news, it worked out nicely to have the main joke of the strip being Dear Dinosaur’s continued disrespect for his editor.
Small bit of trivia here—in the second panel you can see that I’m wearing a tshirt for the band Murder by Death.  If you haven’t checked them out, you should (  They are an amazing indie group out of Indiana that I’ve been obsessed with for the last decade or so.  Their music is a weird blend of rock, country, and blues and a lot of their songs are about whiskey and the devil.  Plus, their original drummer is actually a very distant cousin of mine.  Their sixth full-length album came out last fall (Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon) and is about as brilliant as all of their other albums.  Check them out!
Even smaller bit of trivia—in the last panel Dear Dinosaur reveals that he can’t respect me because of my neckbeard.  This harkens back to the final strip of Volume I, where Dear Dinosaur made similar criticisms.  In truth, however, this panel is no longer correct as I am now sporting a full beard.  But for the sake of continuity, my fictional is still rocking it Abe Lincoln style.  So, if you see me at a convention this summer, don’t be annoyed that I don’t look exactly as I draw myself.
Finally, this week’s strip, along with many others is for sale!  If you’d like to buy the original 11 x 17 art, it’s only $10 plus $3 shipping anywhere in the US.  Shoot me an email at if you are interested!

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