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Thursday, December 12, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Go Cluck Yourself"

What’s up Dear Dinosaur fans?  I hope that all of you are enjoying your Thursday and it is about to get back—that’s right, Dear Dinosaur is back!  You know the drill—head to to check out the strip and then come back here for the official commentary!  And don’t forget to check out this week’s Double Page Spread Podcast!  I was interviewed by my good friend Wendi Freeman about comics, random tidbits of pop culture, and I make a big announcement about the future of Dear Dinosaur!

In last week’s strip, Dear Dinosaur decided to find a job after a few weeks of toiling in unemployment.  This week, he joins the work force at Cluck Bucket, working side-by-side with his former “sidekick” and one time replacement Word the Bird.  As expected, things go downhill quickly!

I have a huge fascination with old school instructional videos from the 1980s, so I used that as a vehicle for the strip.  I worked a few fast food jobs in high school and have vivid memories of these horrid cheesy videos that tried so hard to be “cool” when telling people about proper handwashing techniques.  Kids these days are totally missing out, though I’m sure if you scour YouTube you can find some of these videos.

I wanted to go back to Dear Dinosaur’s roots with this strip, as it has been a few months since someone was eaten by our “hero.”  While it’s not explicitly stated here, the old lady being eaten was intended to be Grace, the old lady with the yappy neighbor’s dog back in Volume One.  I also feel like this strip, especially in the design of Chad, shows how much of an influence that Jim Davis (creator of Garfield) has on my art.  It’s not something I intentionally did, but when looking at the finished strip, I feel like it is pretty evident.

This week’s soundtrack song is “Surf Wax America” by Weezer.  I am a huge fan of Weezer (and have made references to them in the strip in the past) and this song is about as fun as this week’s strip.  As an unrelated side note, I saw Weezer in Chicago a few years ago during their “Memories” tour and between the greatest hits set and playing Pinkerton in full, they had a local group of younglings from an area school of rock play some Weezer songs, including a crazy rad version of “Surf Wax.”  It was so awesome.

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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