Better late than never, I say! Tonight’s Dear Dinosaur commentary is a bitter later than the usual posting time, but I’d like to think that the wait was worthwhile. Tonight we look at this week’s strip, “Hip-Hip-Hippies-Hooray!” which can be found over at www.twoforonecomics.com!
I will admit that I was a little nervous about how well this strip would go over. I have a lot of friends that are living the hipster/hippie-nouveaux lifestyle, which I’m pretty openly bashing here. I totally get the idea of being health and environmental conscious, but what I, much like Dear Dinosaur, can’t stand is the incessant preaching from those who walk the Birkenstock path. While you may live longer than me, the fact that you eat 100% hormone free organic granola chunks or whatever doesn’t make you better than me simply because I choose to kill myself slowly with McRibs. I’m glad that you are living this lifestyle, I just wish you would shut up about it.
But I digress.
I really cannot believe that it took until now for me to insert a Big Trouble in Little China reference into the strip. I’m honestly pretty ashamed of that, considering this is the 65th all new Dear Dinosaur strip. Eagle eyed readers will notice the BTiLC poster in the background of the Dear Dinosaur panels. I’f I’m not mistaken, this is also the first time that I’ve referenced Parks & Recreation—one of the funniest comedies on TV. In panel #3, Dear Dinosaur is drinking a big soda from Paunch Burger, a fictional fast food chain from the show.
Artistically, I tried a few new things in this issue, some that worked well and some that didn’t. The darker background in the hippy panels drowns out the characters more than I’d like, which makes me sad. I am, however, happy with the “Ha Ha Ha” background in the final panel. I used my Micron cool grey pens so that it feels “set back” from the main art, which keeps it from distracting the reader from Dear Dinosaur, while still allowing me to add a ton of busyness to the background itself. The panel is a reference to my one of my favorite superhero comics, Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. The comic was lettered by my friend Richard Starkings, who aside from being one of the most revolutionary letterers in the history of comics, is also the creator of Elephantmen, one of the coolest comics of all time.
Be sure to check back next week for the first installment of the two part volume finale!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!