Welcome to another installment of Dear Dinosaur commentary! This week’s strip, “In Da Club” is the start of a three-part storyline that will play out over weeks 13-15. You can check out the strip here: http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2067
Astute readers will notice the reappearance of Rodney Raptor, Dear Dinosaur’s ill-mannered friend that first appeared in Volume II when Dear Dinosaur attempted to set up Krunch’s friend Maria on a date. He appeared again later in the volume with Maria at Krunch’s birthday party. This also marks the first appearance of Trips the triceratops in quite some time. He made sporadic appearances in Volume I, but was never actually named.
I was able to sneak in a few fun gags into this week’s strip, starting in Panel 4 where Dear Dinosaur is applying “Sex Panther,” the infamous cologne from the movie Anchorman (one of my personal favorites). In Panel 5, Dear Dinosaur orders a Zima, which some of our younger readers may not recognize (making me feel incredibly old). Zima was an alcoholic beverage launched in the early 90s with a huge marketing campaign that proclaimed it was “Zomething Different.” It had quite a reputation as being a “girly man” beverage, much like Smirnoff Ice today. Finally, in Panel 5, we see Dear Dinosaur doing a wicked version of the robot dance, referring to himself as Robosaurus. Robosaurus is an unexpectedly popular guest star in the strip that made appearances in both Volume I and II (and will show up later in Volume III).
The only reason that Dear Dinosaur claims to be the lead singer of Maroon 5 is because I was watching the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Adam Levine while working on this strip (which was actually pretty funny, despite the fact that Levine/Maroon 5’s music is atrocious). Had I been watching something else, I probably would have had Dear Dinosaur claiming to be the star of a TV series that this girl might have heard of, but not actually watched (like Justified, Boardwalk Empire, or Ice Road Truckers).
Be sure to check back next week for Part 2 of this storyline, “One Night (Last) Stand!”
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!