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Thursday, February 13, 2014

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Dear Digital Dinosaur"

After taking a week off due to an attack of influenza, Dear Dinosaur is back this week with an all-new strip!  This week’s strip is something different—an interlude of sorts—due to unforseen circumstances that prevented me from finishing the strip I had originally intended.  Head over to to see what I mean and then head back here for the finished strip!

Earlier this week, I slipped on a patch of ice outside my house and landed really hard on my back.  While I was, thankfully, not hurt seriously, I did have nagging pain throughout the last few days.  This pain was made worse when I’d sit at my art desk to work on Dear Dinosaur and my nightly practice sketches (which I post every night on Facebook).  As such, I couldn’t finish the strip I planned, which you’ll see next week.  I simply couldn’t sit at my desk for more than 20 minutes at a time, let alone the multiple hours it takes for me to complete a Dear Dinosaur page.

Instead, I went with a weird meta joke strip that turned out to be one of my favorite strips that I’ve done.  I created it entirely in Microsoft Paint in about 15-20 minutes.  A few months ago, I ran into an issue where I couldn’t get Dear Dinosaur scanned at Staples (due to the large size of the pages, I need a big scanner that I simply cannot afford).  A few friends recommended that I buy a Cintiq or similar device to do Dear Dinosaur 100% digitally.  Jumping off that idea, I created this crazy digital version of Dear Dinosaur in a considerably low-tech and increasingly lazy way.  It also gave me a chance to take a potshot at an unnamed major Marvel Comics artist that is bringing the industry down with his shameful tracings of various photographs and, at times, stills from porno movies.  I’m sure most of you know who I’m talking about.  If not, it won’t take much of a Google search to Land on the right artist. 

Next week’s Dear Dinosaur is the big turning point in Volume V, as Dear Dinosaur and Krunch visit Dear Dino’s parents. This is the last major stop in Dear Dino’s journey to redefine his life in the wake of his advice column being cancelled.  From this point forward, I’ll start drawing plot points together heading into the series finale, which is now scheduled for the first week in May.  You won’t want to miss the next few months as we say goodbye to our beloved advice spewing dinosaur!

This week’s soundtrack song is “Synthesizer” by the Electric Six.  I wanted to go with something that was heavy in electronics to match the theme of the comic.  If you aren’t familiar with Electric Six, you definitely need to look them up.  Most of their songs are about nuclear war and dancing.  They are pretty amazing.  Enjoy!

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