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Thursday, April 18, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - Limited Time Only

It’s Dear Dinosaur commentary time!  Wooooooah!

Okay, maybe that was a bit much, but this is an exciting installment, as today was the first part of the epic two-part Volume III finale!  We’ve been building up this moment since December, when Dear Dinosaur hit rock bottom after his wife Krunch left him.  So, if you haven’t already checked it out, go to right now and read the strip.  When you are done, come back here for the official commentary!

If for some reason you joined Dear Dinosaur in the middle of this volume and didn’t bother to read from the beginning, this week’s strip begins to wrap-up the “Disaster Dan” storyline.  Disaster Dan was introduced early on in the volume right before the Mayan Apocalypse was supposed to destroy the Earth.  Misunderstanding Dear Dinosaur’s advice, Dan resorted to cannibalism and was sent to prison.  He escaped a few weeks later and has been threatening Dear Dinosaur periodically ever since.  And now he is finally making good on those threats—it’s a rather intense situation.

The second panel was a fun nod to Rob Liefeld and Rob Liefeld imitators.  Rob is one of the most controversial creators in the history of the industry (and also one of the most significant).  He draws big fun action with over-the-top guns and lots of pouches.  I channeled my best Liefeld for this strip, which I want to reiterate is a playful homage.  Rob has more than his share of detractors and I do not want to be lumped in with that group.  I greatly respect Rob and his body of work. 

Speaking of things I respect, in the background of the panels is a poster for SAGA, arguably the best comic being produced today.  This wild epic space fantasy from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is a simply brilliant work from two of the best creators in the industry.  You should check it out.  I do believe the first trade paperback is really cheap and easy to find.

In his last panel, Dear Dinosaur is eating a McRib.  I probably shouldn’t be so proud of this, but I love the McRib.  I am one of the few people that is legitimately heartbroken every year when the McRib goes away.  The only thing I like better than the McRib is the McRib’s best friend, Second-McRib-for-a-Dollar.  Yes, I know that every McRib I eat shaves some time off of my life expectancy, but it’s just so damn good!

Also, if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time the word “bitchlizard” has ever been used.  Feel free to slip that into your casual conversations over the next few days.

Next week is the epic conclusion to Dear Dinosaur Volume 3.  Will Dear Dinosaur escape the wrath of Disaster Dan?  And where the hell is Krunch?

The week after that will be a special one-off Dear Dinosaur, then a filler week for me to catch up, and then in mid-May we will begin the overly ambitious Dear Dinosaur Volume 4: Jumping the Megalodon!

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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