Happy Thursday! It's that time again--Dear Dinosaur time! Head over to www.twoforonecomics.com to check out today's Dear Dinosaur, which features the final "new format" forced upon the strip by the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures. Once you've read that, head back here for the official Dear Dinosaur commentary!
I'll admit, this week's Dear Dinosaur is a bit preachy on my part. I absolutely hate most reality TV. I was sucked in by the original Real World on MTV (way back in the early 1990s), but since then, I've avoided reality TV as much as possible. At best, it's scripted ridiculousness hiding under the guise of reality; at worst, reality TV is completely exploitive. There is a huge difference between laughing with someone and laughing at someone. Lately the big trend in this has been shows about "rednecks" and "hillbillies," those Southern folks that already get a bad enough rap as it is. While not all of the shows in this subgenre present this social group as freaks and weirdoes, I definitely feel like that is what the majority are aiming for and, honestly, I'm a little tired of it. So some of my personal ire bled through to Dear Dinosaur in this week's strip and led to his rant against the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures.
On a lighter note, it was fun to bring Trips the Triceratops and Rodney the Raptor back. We haven't seen them since midway through Volume III. They are pretty fun characters to draw, so I was glad when the story opened up for them to make a cameo. I definitely want to use them more in Volume V, though we are almost three months away from that.
This week's soundtrack is "Get Outta My Life" by Rebel Meets Rebel. For you non-metalheads, Rebel Meets Rebel was a crazy side project featuring ¾ of Pantera teaming up with outlaw country singer David Allen Coe. They produced one very rad album that is well worth checking out if you grew up on both metal and country like I did.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!