Check out Ryan Schrodt's weekly webcomic Dear Dinosaur every Thursday at www.twoforonecomics.com

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Dear Dinosaur's Lonely Hearts Club Band"


Have you checked out today’s all-new Dear Dinosaur comic over at www.twoforonecomics.com? This week we have a solid one with “Dear Dinosaur’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!”  Once you’ve read the strip, check out this week’s commentary.

There are lots of fun little gags in this week’s Dear Dinosaur, with the most notable being the references to the Scott Pilgrim book series and film in the second panel.  This week’s question comes from “Rammy,” who is a clear reference to Ramona Flowers from the series.  I overloaded the panel with references to the series, ranging from the Sex Bob-omb poster in the background to the table full of items associated with Ramona in the books.  I have been obsessed with the series for years and actually read it from start to finish at least once a year.  

This isn’t the first time that I’ve referenced Scott Pilgrim in Dear Dinosaur, though.  The “variant” cover for Dear Dinosaur Volume I: Advice-asaurus Rex featured me wearing a tshirt that read “Be Mine, Kim Pine” and featured the Sex Bob-omb logo.  

The other references in this issue are pretty small.  Panel 3 sees Dear Dinosaur recreating the iconic boombox scene from Say Anything, one of the greatest films to come out of the 1980s.  In the final row of panels, Krunch is wearing a tshirt for the defunct 90s power-pop group that dog. who had a small amount of success with their single “Never Say Never,” but never really caught on like they should have.  I highly recommend you track down a copy of their album “Retreat from the Sun” which is one of my favorite albums from my youth, especially the song “Minneapolis.” I've posted a video for the song below.  Check it.


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 rlschrodt@gmail.com if you are interested

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Great DEAR DINOSAUR Original Art Sale!



While I don’t want to go back to the well by crowd funding the third volume, I would like to offset my costs by raising a little money in the next few weeks. How, you ask?  By selling some art!  In addition to my usual commissions, I will now be offering to original 11 x 17 Dear Dinosaur pages to raise money for the production, printing, and promotion of the third volume of the hit webcomic.

All pages are done on 11 x 17 bristol board and are the actual one of a kind pieces of art scanned for the comic.  I normally only sell these at conventions, but for the next few weeks they will be available to purchase online.  Pages are $10 each, with a $3 shipping charge for anywhere in the US.

The following pages are currently available:

VOLUME III - How to Avoid Extinction
Week 15: “Girl on Girl” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2107
Week 14: “One Night (Last) Stand” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2089
Week 13: “In Da Club” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2067
Week 12: “Really Big Deal” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2051
Week 11: “Romance for One” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2040
Week 10: “Snow Problem” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=2016
Week 09: “I Only Watch it for the Commercials” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1982
Week 08: “Yearasaurus” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1923
Week 07: “Son of a…” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1882
Week 06: “A Surprisingly Introspective Dear Dinosaur” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1845
Week 05: “Help Yourself” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1832
Week 04: “End of the World Part 2” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1791
Week 03: “End of the World Part 1” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1774
Week 01: “Gotta Blame it on Something” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1718

VOLUME II - Human Problems, Dinosaur Solutions
Week 21: “Thanks for Nothing” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1678
Week 20: “Big Trouble Part 2” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1661
Week 19: “Big Trouble Part 1” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1640
Week 17: “Celebrate Responsibly” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1554
Week 16: “Parallelasaurus” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1528
Week 15: “Angry Birds” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1510
Week 13: “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1465
Week 08: “College Daze” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1367
Week 07: “Traveling Circus” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1323
Week 06: “Friendly Ire” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1291
Week 04: “Nice Try Gashole” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1250
Week 03: “Skankasaurus” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1218
Week 01: “Home of the Brave” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1187

VOLUME I - Advice-asaurus Rex
“Monkey Business” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1143
“Intervention” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1109
“Word is the Bird” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1039
“Take this Job and Shove it” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=1012
“Bad Move Otis” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=990
“Dirty Little Secret” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=974
“Chain of Fools” http://www.twoforonecomics.com/?p=915

I also have the inside back cover spot available for ad space!  For $20, you can post your ad on the inside back cover, in color, and will receive two copies of Dear Dinosaur Volume III: How to Avoid Extinction!

If you are interested in purchasing a page, hit me up at rlschrodt@gmail.com!


Monday, March 25, 2013

MAKIN' LISTS MONDAY: Top 10 Movies of All Time


You can blame fellow writer and former Weekly Crisis colleague Ryan K. Lindsay for this one.  He posted a list of his Top 10 Movies on his website today and that inspired me to start posting some lists of my own.  Anyone who knows me fairly well knows that I am an obsessive and completely neurotic list maker.  Normally whenever anyone asks me what my favorite anything is, I’ll have to give them a Top 5 list at the very least and, most likely, I’ll break it down into sub-categories.  It drives my wife nuts.  Since I was looking to add more content to the site, including some stuff that isn’t just about comics but rather about my “creative mind” in general, I’ll start posting Top 10 lists every Monday on various topics.  If nothing else, it will show you what types of things inspire me.  So, without further delay, here is my Top 10 Movies of All Time.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "A Dinosaur Always Pays His Debts"


Today’s all new Dear Dinosaur strip is posted at www.twoforonecomics.com and that means it’s time for some commentary!  If you haven’t checked out today’s strip—“A Dinosaur Always Pays His Debts”—check it out here and then come back for the commentary!

One of the biggest surprises out of working on Dear Dinosaur is how popular the character of Robosaurus has been.  His debut in “Yar! A Wedding!” from Volume I was such a hit that I had multiple requests to bring the character back, despite my initial plan to only have him appear in one strip.  That led to the Volume II strip “Robosaurus Returns,” which was equally as well-received.  Hopefully people dig his appearance here just as much as they had his previous guest spots!

I decided to play with the format a bit here by having Disaster Dan’s letter to Dear Dinosaur be typed instead of handwritten into the strip.  It definitely makes this strip stand out, though I do wish I would have used a clearer font as it is a bit hard to read when reduced (though it looks great on the full sized 11 x 17 page).  My original plan was to do a letter-by-letter cut out like a ransom note, but I found that to be absolutely maddening.  I can see why only genuine psychopaths take the time to do that!

If you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I’m a HUGE Game of Thrones fan and that my fandom is borderline obsession.  I’ve been meaning to sneak some GoT jokes into the comic for some time now, but haven’t been able to do it organically until now.  Robosaurus’s successes as a reality competition show judge could feasibly lead to guest spots on television shows, so why not go with one of my person favorites?  I had considered making this panel much fuller with more characters from the series, but I felt that it would be “too much” and take away from Robosaurus’s cameo, which needed to be the focal point.  So, instead, you just get a few of my favorite characters, Bronn the sellsword and Tyrion the “Imp” with a sneaky appearance by Varys the so-called “Master of Whispers” in the background.

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 rlschrodt@gmail.com if you are interested!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DAN CON 2013 Wrap-Up!


This past weekend, I had the pleasure of joining 49 other comic book creators at the annual Spring edition of Dan Con, a creator-focused comic book convention held twice a year in Orland Park, IL.  The husband and wife hosts, Dan and Amy Royer, have invited me in the past and I’m really kicking myself that this was the first year that I was able to make the show.  I can honestly say it was one of the most well-done shows of that size that I have been to!  My full write up is after the jump!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Odds, Ends, Whatnots, and Whathaveyous - March Edition

I've had a lot of stuff going on but not a lot of time to post, so here are a few random factoids that you might want to know!

AWESOME ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • It has been announced that I'll be working with RED STYLO MEDIA once again!  Their newest anthology UNFASHIONED CREATURES: A FRANKENSTEIN ANTHOLOGY is due out this fall and will feature a fun 8 page story written by me!  I wrote a story for their last anthology, SHAKESPEARE SHAKEN, which can be purchased both digitally and in hardcopy.
  • The pin-ups for Dear Dinosaur Volume III: How to Avoid Extinction are starting to roll in.  Artists Tobias Neal (The Sword), Tracie Mauk (FIGHT!), Ryan Lee (The Naturals), Ben Holliday (Oren Takes Flight), and BJ Humphrey (works at the world's best comic shop, Limited Edition Comics) will be providing pin-ups!
  • I'm on the verge of tracking down artists for two projects, one of which is the long awaited vampire romp Midnight, Miranda.  Expect some announcements soon!
MISCELLANY
  • I'll post my recap of the totally awesome DanCon 2013 tomorrow most likely.  You should watch out for that!
  • The printer for Dear Dinosaur Volume I and Volume II has gone out of business, which means that I'm looking for a reasonably priced place to print Volume III in early April.  I've heard bad things about Comixpress and had bad experiences with Ka-Blam, so if you have any suggestions, hit me up!
  • I will be launching my official webstore later this summer through Big Cartel.  
  • I'm on the lookout for late Spring/early Summer conventions in the Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin area. I don't have anything booked until June and so its killing me that I don't have another show until then.

DEAR DINOSAUR interview on NerdSpan!

Recently I was interviewed by the awesome folks at NerdSpan about my webcomic, DEAR DINOSAUR.  You can read the full interview here: http://www.nerdspan.com/webcomic-creator-interview-ryan-schrodt-of-dear-dinosaur/

While you are feeling clicky, check out this hilarious "real" Kickstarter project to fund COBRA, being launched by Cobra Commander: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1790899723/681612454?token=225b918b

Thursday, March 14, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Girl on Girl"


It’s Thursday and you know what that means!  Not only is there a brand new Dear Dinosaur webcomic posted at www.twoforonecomics.com, but I also have commentary for today’s strip—“Girl on Girl!”

This is the final part of a three-part storyline that began with Dear Dinosaur hitting the clubs with his highly irresponsible friends Rodney and Trips and lead to our “hero” having a one night stand in last week’s strip.  This week Krunch gets wind of Dear Dinosaur’s transgressions and she is not happy.

This is probably the most straight-forward Dear Dinosaur strip that I’ve ever done.  The confrontation between Krunch and the unnamed hussy didn’t leave me a lot of room to add in Easter Eggs or side jokes, but since this is a pretty major moment in the saga of Dear Dino and his estranged wife that is probably a good thing.  I don’t think the strip would be as effective if I got sidetracked by cramming more stuff in there than necessary.

There were two things I really wanted to highlight in this strip—Krunch’s level-headed pragmatic nature and Dear Dinosaur’s utter confusion.  One thing that has always fascinated me about young relationships is the fact that girls tend to turn against one another before putting the blame on the guy that has come between them.  I play on that a bit with the hussy’s reaction, while the more mature Krunch is clearly just hurt and angry with Dear Dinosaur. 

This storyline is a major turning point in the volume, which is now 5/7 of the way complete.  There are only  six week’s left to the volume and Dear Dinosaur is now realizing that he needs to get his act together—at least as much as he can considering he will always be a gigantic prehistoric idiot.

Be sure to check back next week for the return of popular guest star Robosaurus!

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 rlschrodt@gmail.com if you are interested!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Friends with Kickstarters

If anything has revolutionized the way comics are being made in the last few years, I'd have to say that it would be Kickstarter.  For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Kickstarter is a crowdfunding resource that allows creative people to raise the funds necessary to create really awesome things.  You create a project and determine a budget, then really generous people "back" your project and receive cool perks in return for making your dreams come true.  I used it to fund my mega-fantastic short comics collection Matinee Eclectica as well as the printed version of my smash-hit webcomic Dear Dinosaur.

Right now, I have some friends and colleagues who are using Kickstarter to raise money for their own projects, so I figured it is my duty to help spread the word so that you, my amazing friends and fans, can consider supporting them.

THE SWORD - Created by the insanely talented Tobias Neal (who will be providing a pin-up in the upcoming third volume of Dear Dinosaur), The Sword is a bi-weekly webcomic that joined Two For One Comics in July 2012 and tells the tale of an unlikely group of heroes that band together for a mysterious purpose in an awesome fantasy setting.  Tobias is bringing the webcomic to print for the first time and has already surpassed his goal, but has introduced some cool stretch goals.  Funding ends March 23rd.

PUNCHING THE CLOCK - Punching the Clock is genuinely my favorite webcomic and is created by two amazingly awesome guys, Rob Humphrey and Jeff Manley (who also draws Terrorbads and Treasure Hunter for Two For One Comics).  It covers the trials and tribulations of two nerds who work in the horrific world of retail.  The Kickstarter will fund the second and third printed volumes (one of which will feature a pin-up by yours truly).  They still need about $1300 to reach their goal by April 7th.

SYMBIOSIS - With just 9 days left to raise $9000, this project needs your help like right now.  Artist Steven Sanders, who has drawn a ton of awesome comics for both Marvel and independent companies (you probably know him from his controversial design of X-Men's Beast in the criminally under-read S.W.O.R.D.) put together this amazing art book that builds a fantastic world from the ground up that readers can then use to create their own stories (as he is doing it under Creative Commons).  This is seriously one of the most exciting projects I've ever seen on Kickstarter.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

DEAR DINOSAUR - "One Night (Last) Stand!"

It’s Thursday and you know what that means!  Wait, it's not Thursday?  Crap.
 
Well, normally I posted my commentary for the new Dear Dinosaur comics on Thursdays, but thanks to the mega-awesome Supreme announcement on Thursday, I thought I'd let that settle in for a few days.  So, instead, you are getting a special Sunday dose of commentary for this week's strip, "One Night (Last) Stand!"  You can read that here.
 
Last week our titular “hero” went out to the club with Trips and Rodney Raptor to pick up chicks—Dear Dinosaur’s first foray into the dating scene since his wife left him at the end of Volume II.  This week, we see that Dear Dinosaur has gone home with the girl from last week and things are already going downhill for him.
 
This storyline was actually one of the first stories conceived for Dear Dinosaur when I first started making plans for the series.  My wife and I roughed out two long-form stories—Dear Dinosaur quitting the strip (which happened in Volume I) and his wife leaving him (Volume II).  Dear Dinosaur going back out on the dating scene and having a one-night stand was always part of the plan that we put together in January 2012.
 
I have way too much fun writing the strip whenever Dear Dinosaur is mean to his editor Ryan, who is obviously based upon me.  That probably means something deep and disturbing, but whenever Dear Dinosaur lets loose on Ryan, I have a blast with the strip.  This week was especially fun thanks to Dear Dinosaur “writing” the question for Ryan to read—so not only did he get to make jabs at me, but he he got to do so while asking for a favor. 
 
In panel 2, I’m wearing a t-shirt for the fictional band “Mr. Moustache Ride.”  Like most people, I tend to sing along to the radio while driving, but unlike most people, I also tend to get really into singing Depeche Mode in particular and when I do, I tend to sing all of the songs in a much more sexual manner than necessary.  I often joke about how I missed my calling as the frontman to an unnecessarily erotic Depeche Mode cover band.  The name of this band would obviously be “Mr. Moustache Ride.”  At least, that was the name that I would have used had I not come up with the greatest way to make fake band names.  Look at the scoreboard for the NBA on any given night and drop the plural from the first team listed.  You’ll automatically get some great band names, like Thunder Raptors, Wizard Heat, Bull Hornets, etc.  The best I’ve ever seen, though, is Bobcat Magic, which is the new name for my fake sexytime new wave cover band.
 
Next week this three part storyline closes out at as Krunch confronts both Dear Dinosaur and his unnamed new girlfriend.  As you can imagine, things probably won’t go Dear Dinosaur’s way.  Check back here on Thursday evening and I’ll post commentary on the strip!
 
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 rlschrodt@gmail.com if you are interested!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Santa Claus...Man of Action

Santa Claus has never looked more...devious?!!?! From How the Krampus Saved Christmas - art by Dominic Black!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ryan Schrodt writes SUPREME for Rob Liefeld

I’ll be totally honest.  I thought that today was going to suck.
 
My mind had been pretty preoccupied with the fact that I was getting my car fixed today (I am notoriously cheap).  New tires, new tie rods, and an adjusted alignment were bound to ruin my day.  But then I got an email from the legendary Rob Liefeld, creator of dozens of brilliant comic book characters and co-founder of Image Comics, perhaps the greatest comic book company on Earth.   He wanted to inform me that he had chosen my story as one of the winners for his “Rob Liefeld Wants to Draw Your Story” Extreme Studios Writing Contest.  Out of over two thousand entries, my story was chosen to appear as a back-up in an Extreme Studios comic released this summer from Image Comics.
 
I can’t believe that I’m typing this, but I will be writing a SUPREME story to be drawn by Rob Liefeld for Image Comics. 
 
Let that soak in.  Then absorb the fact that the last person to write Supreme was Erik Larsen, another co-founder of Image Comics and the creator of Savage Dragon.  The person before that?  Alan Moore.  Yes, THAT Alan Moore.  Alan Moore to Erik Larsen to Ryan freakin’ Schrodt.
 
I was wrong.  Today did not suck at all.