Hello lovelies. Last week was kind of crappy and long, but this was a pretty good Monday! I bought really douchey sunglasses, and I worked outside, and got some color, which was pretty sweet. And impertinence
is back! This bodes very well for a rad week!
I've totally been into Ryan North since forever, but that was cemented when a bunch of people asked him if Utahraptor was a girl or gay, based on some comic that had innuendo with T-Rex. His response? i received several dozen emails about utahraptor either being a girl or being gay in yesterday's comic! he is gay, guys. only he doesn't talk about it all the time, on account of having interests outside of being gay?
Sheesh. I would totally bone that dude if ever given half a chance.
Today Joey Comeau of ASW
interviewed Ryan. If I was into shipping cartoonists, I would otp these fine gentleman, but I would never do such a thing. Um.
Anyways, so today's interview
had a bit that went: I guess I try to write comics that I'm interested in reading. It's true that T-Rex and Dromiceiomimus and Utahraptor are all friends, and the only real antagonists I have are some off-screen cephalopods and raccoons, and to a lesser extent, the Devil. I've struggled with a neat way to describe this before, and ended up by saying that it's a friendly comic. People get along. But that sounds boring! It’s a comic where one person is the straight man and the other is wacky and they get into scrapes about that, but that doesn't drive the narrative. There's conflict, but there's not really conflict that you'd normally see in a novel. The characters in Dinosaur Comics are for the most part friends, and when they fight, it's the same sorts of fights you have with your friends. Nothing too major, nothing that a multi-year arc is going to be fueled by. It bothers me that this still makes the comic sound really boring.
Later they agree on the term good-natured instead of friendly, and it's kind of my favorite description for things that I appreciate! I have never been an angstwhore, really, and I am not really a fan of blowing shit up? But sign me UP for things that are GOOD-NATURED and FRIENDLY. And if I'm remembered as a cartoonist, as the guy who made the dinosaurs say the funny words, I'm happy with that.
Qwentz tomorrow!anonym to-ing the links, because you know these dudes check their trackbacks.