After last week’s incredibly ambitious Dear Dinosaur strip, which featured over 30 characters, we slow it down a bit this week with a little Ryan-on-Dino action as the purpose of the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures becomes clear. If you haven’t checked out this week’s strip, head over to www.twoforonecomics.com, read it, and come back!
This strip kicks off with Dear Dinosaur in a very good place. it’s been a few weeks since Disaster Dan’s attack and the return of Krunch—it looks like our “hero” has spent that time putting his life back together. We all know that things never stay happy for long in this strip, so it’s no surprise that Dear Dinosaur does not take the news of Ryan’s replacement, the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures, very well. Don’t worry, Ryan will stay on the strip, but will mainly act as an intermediary between the Shadowy Board and Dear Dinosaur.
Not much for hidden gags in this week’s strip. Ryan is wearing a “Bobcat Magic” tshirt, which is an allusion to my fictional unnecessarily erotic new wave cover band, which was formerly known as “Mr. Moustache Ride.” For those of you not in the know, I get really into singing Depeche Mode in the car and somehow it always turns from a straight-up sing-along to a weirdly erotic performance. Out of this was born my idea for an unnecessarily erotic new wave cover band that sadly I don’t have enough time to take from concept to reality.
All of Ryan’s panels actually take place in my comic book library in my actual house. On the wall are actual pages of original comic book art that I own (drawn rather abstractly) and on top of the bookshelf are the Alex Ross-inspired action figures that started my action figure collection. In panel 2, all of the books on the bookshelf are comics that I enjoy and collect. Some obscure, some mainstream, but all worth reading. In panel 6, all of the books on the shelf are comics that I’ve written (including Dear Dinosaur—how “meta” is that?). You’ll also find in panel 6 that the original art is the last page from Nightwing #114, which features Dick Grayson’s proposal to Barbara Gordon. My wife bought me that page when we got engaged and it is the pride of my original art collection!
Today’s soundtrack is one of the many Depeche Mode song’s that Bobcat Magic would cover if they were a real band—“Master and Servant” from 1984’s Some Great Reward.
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 email@example.com if you are interested!