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Thursday, September 12, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Celebrity Guest Star"

This week’s Dear Dinosaur is perhaps the most disturbingly sensual strip in the history of the webcomic.  Why, you ask?  Because it guest stars Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, the legendary Prince!  Aww yeah!  Head over to to check it out, then come back here to read the official commentary!

Although it’s not explicitly stated, this week’s strip is yet another example of the Shadowy Board of Editorial Figures looking to “improve” the strip, this time bringing in a celebrity guest star to ask the question.  I considered a very long list of celebrities for this slot, coming up with a number of jokes for my favorite options.  It eventually came down to two choices—Prince and Nicolas Cage.  I found that Prince was actually much easier to draw, so he won out, even if his jokes are a bit more esoteric than the jokes I had considered for Cage.

The main crux of this comic is the fact that Prince is a ridiculously intense performer, despite being almost shockingly soft-spoken in interviews.  For someone that is so over the top when on stage, his non-performing persona is incredibly shy.  I mashed up the two for his appearance here.  Dear Dinosaur (and the reader) cannot understand most of what Prince says, with the few exceptions being very sexual words (playing up how sexual Prince’s music is).  

I threw in a few direct references to Prince’s music in the strip in addition to this.  One of his lovers has a tattoo that says “1999,” Dear Dinosaur references Purple Rain in an exclamation, and while brushing his teeth, Dear Dinosaur is singing my favorite Prince song “When the Doves Cry.”  I’ve always enjoyed Prince’s music.  I wouldn’t say that I’m a deep-tracks fan by any means, but I’m a solid “hits” listener and his live performances on television have always blown me away.

I threw in one other small joke.  In the live performance panel, the saxophone player has a strong resemblance to Sergio, a disturbing sax player from a hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch starring Jon Hamm.  If you’ve never seen it, you should check it out.

For today’s soundtrack, I obviously had to go with a Prince song, but I didn’t want to go with one of his mega-hits.  Instead, I chose a marginal hit, “Controversy.”  I’ve always dug it and I hope you do as well.  Unfortunately, Prince is really adamant about his music not showing up on YouTube, so instead you'll have to hunt down the song on your own.  Sorry, yo. 

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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