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Thursday, July 18, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Dear Dinosaur Daytime"

So you saw the big announcement right?  If not, go here and check it out.  I co-wrote Youngblood #78 with Rob Liefeld and it’s out in two weeks.  You should buy that.  You should also check out today’s brand new Dear Dinosaur over at and then read this week’s official commentary, which can be found below.  How great is that?  You are getting all sorts of Schrodt-awesomeness today!

It’s another new format for Dear Dinosaur this week!  This week we take on daytime talk shows like Dr. Phil, Oprah, or that asshat Dr. Oz.  This was another format where I had a ton of different options available.  I toyed with the idea of doing a Maury or Springer parody, but that seemed too obvious given Dear Dinosaur’s personality.  Instead, I chose to take him out of his element and have him be in a softer more personal daytime talk show.  That lends itself to comedy more.  

I really hate the fact that MTV shows things like Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant.  I think these shows could be powerful and give out a good message to teens about pregnancy, but like most things MTV does, it sensationalizes being a pregnant teen.  Even when these girls are going through rough shit, its presented like a TV drama so the consequences don’t seem real.  That bothers me, especially when these girls become celebrities for all the wrong reasons and end up becoming someone like Farrah Abraham.

Crystal’s mom was probably my favorite thing to draw in this strip.  Her basic design riffs on Sally Jupiter from Watchmen (the mother of Silk Spectre), but then I went a little overboard making her look old and overly ruined by plastic surgery.  Ultimately she looks like this woman I see in clips on The Soup all the time whose name totally escapes me.  She is the mother of one of the Real Housewives or something.  The point is, she’s really gross and I wanted to capture that here, while still playing up the Sally Jupiter design.

Today’s soundtrack song is “Young, Blonde, and Dumb” by The Nobodys.  They were a late-90s punk band from Colorado that have really short songs Ramones-type songs that are mostly about pornography and dealing with stupid people.  I saw them way, way, way back in 2000 and actually missed out the opportunity to party with them through some friends of friends that were part of the local punk scene because I fell asleep after the show when I went home to shower.  It was a bummer.

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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