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Thursday, June 6, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "A Bird in the Hand"

Let me start this week’s commentary by apologizing to anyone who was disappointed by the lack of a real Dear Dinosaur strip last week.  I had the page 75% finished before I sliced my finger up pretty bad while cutting potatoes on my mandolin slicer.  Once I was able to take the splint off my finger, I was able to wrap up the page, despite still having a lot of pain.  You can check out the fruits of my labor over at and then come back here for the official commentary!

In our last strip, Ryan the Editor revealed to Dear Dinosaur the existence of the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures and, this week, we finally see their influence come into play.  When I first came up with the idea of the Shadowy Board, the very first change that came to mind was adding a sidekick to the strip.  I wanted to pull a Scrappy Doo on ol’ Dear Dinosaur, but up until about three weeks ago I still had no idea who should be the sidekick.  I had originally toyed with the idea of using another dinosaur, but that seemed a tad predictable.  I was then really set on having an arrogant spoiled immature “frat guy” goat named B-Go (short for Barry Goatilow), but I could not finalize a design that I liked and was easy to draw.  I still like the idea of B-Go and plan on bringing him into the strip at some point.

Instead I came back to guest star Word the Bird, who first appeared in the Volume I strip “Word is the Bird” as one of the potential replacements for Dear Dinosaur when he quit the strip.  The character then returned in “Angry Birds” from Volume II.  Word is actually a fitting sidekick consider the main joke of his two appearances is the fact that he is a better advice columnist than Dear Dinosaur and the two already have established tension.  Plus Word is a lot of fun to draw. [Just in case you missed the joke, Word the Bird is named for the song ‘Surfin’ Bird’ which reminds us of the fact that “bird is the word.”]

Our questioner this week is Pete, who would be rather un-noteworthy if not for the fact that in the ninth panel I inadvertently drew him to resemble actor Mark Duplass, who is perhaps best known for his role as Pete on FX’s The League, though you may also know him from the film Safety Not Guaranteed and Fox’s The Mindy Project.  This was totally unintentional, but the resemblance is strong enough that I thought it was worth pointing out.  It also allows me to tell you that you should be watching The League if you aren’t already. It is easily one of the funniest shows on cable.

This week’s soundtrack song is “Awkward” by the Australian band San Cisco.  The song really has nothing to do with this week’s strip but is crazy catchy and I guess the reunion between Dear Dino and Word is pretty awkward.

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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