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Friday, March 28, 2014

DEAR DINOSAUR - "Not Dear Dinosaur"

Dear Dinosaur isn’t really Dear Dinosaur this week—instead, it temporarily becomes Oh it’s obvious, Otis!  Say whaaaat?!  Head over to right now to check out this insanity.  Revel in the absurdity, consider its consequences, and then come back here for the official commentary.  Do it now!  Have you done it? Now hit the jump for the actual commentary!

This week’s strip reveals the advice column that replaced Dear Dinosaur’s at the end of last season when his was cancelled.  I made a few small hints at the new column before revealing it in the previous strip, but this week we see it in all of its…glory(?).  Otis, the true villain of the series, is now answering questions and, quite surprisingly, he is actually worse at it than Dear Dinosaur.  This will lead directly into Dear Dinosaur seeking revenge, which will consume the final few weeks of the comic.

Just a few small things that made this week’s strip fun for me.  I originally had the black background closing around Otis, leading to the final all black background.  It looked terrible, so I gave him all black backgrounds to match the darkness of his soul.  I also put him in what I envisioned as a white linen shirt, which is how I feel dictators would dress.  I also threw in the ridiculous “Oh It’s Obvious, Otis!” logo on his ski cap, just because I feel like he would be a big enough asshat to promote his own series on his own series.  
Yes, that is the blue French horn from How I Met Your Mother on the wall in Panel 2.

Today’s soundtrack song is “Copy of A” by Nine Inch Nails.  I’ve been listening to Hesitation Marks a lot this week, so this song has been in my head quite a bit already, but since this week’s strip is essentially a bad copy of Dear Dinosaur, it fits too.  

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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