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Thursday, April 25, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - How to Avoid Extinction

It’s Thursday evening and that means it’s time for official Dear Dinosaur commentary!  Today’s installment is actually the Volume Three finale and can be seen over!  After Disaster Dan attacked Dear Dinosaur last week, can our hero survive?  Go check out this week’s strip if you haven’t and then come back for the commentary!

This strip wraps up both of the main storylines that have been going since the beginning of Volume Three.  Disaster Dan has Dear Dino in the worst possible place here and looks to finally have his revenge…that is, of course, until Dear Dinosaur’s estranged wife Krunch returns to save the day.  Over the last few months, Krunch has notice some small improvements in Dear Dinosaur’s behavior, which has softened her view of him some, though it’s the sight of her husband in danger that springs her to action here!

This might just be my favorite strip that I’ve ever drawn.  I pushed myself art wise to try some new things here and I think they worked out for the most part.  The tight close-up of Dear Dinosaur’s reaction to Krunch’s return worked nicely to set up the big action panel, I think.  And I’m really happy with how the “ghosted” panel of Krunch standing over the defeated Disaster Dan turned out.  I think this is the first time I’ve really been successful in utilizing cool grays to separate the background/foreground.  

I did agonize over the action panel, though.  I’m generally pretty awful at drawing motion and impact.  I have enough trouble drawing people just standing around.  I sketched out this panel at least ten times before I was happy with the placement and even then, it took me way longer to draw this single punch than it has to do any other panel in the history of the comic.  I spent a long time searching for good reference photos and was pretty pleased with a punch I saw in a Phil Hester comic, which I used as a model for this one.  

So, that’s it!  Dear Dinosaur Volume III is officially complete.  I sent the print version off earlier this week and will have it at conventions all summer!  If you are a Midwesterner, you should hunt me down to get a copy!

Next week is going to be a filler week so that I can build a stockpile of pages for Volume IV.  The week after that is a special “inspirational” Dear Dinosaur page.  The week after that after that will be the start of the new volume (May 16th) with a new highly ambitious storyline that I’m really proud of.  Hopefully you won’t hate it!  

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!

A little Edward Sharpe action, now that Krunch has come "home."

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