Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Webcomics Wednesdays!

So Nick came up with the idea of linking to a different webcomic each Wednesday as a way of promoting an aspect of graphic literature that libraries tend to overlook. (It's not so much that we don't like them, it's that we can't really take credit for people reading comics on the internet. Dirty library secret!)

Anyways, when I heard the word "webcomics," I was like, "oh! Me! Got it! I'm writing that!"

So now that's what I'm doing I guess.

For this inaugural edition, here's a classic. It pretty well captures the creative freedom of webcomics. Freedom, that is, to use the exact same drawings every time.

That's right, it's Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics:

The obvious beauty of Dinosaur Comics is that the drawings are awesome. Microsoft Paint dinosaurs have never looked better (unless the girl who writes Hyperbole and a Half did a drawing of dinosaurs at some point.)

So if you're a guy who just happened to make the best MS Paint drawings of dinosaurs ever, what do you do? Well first of all you never draw anything else ever again. And then you keep re-using those images until the internet has memorized every pixel.

Basically, these are the only characters. T-Rex shouts things in declarative sentences, Dromiceiomimus kind of plays along, and Utahraptor points out the flaws in T-Rex's aforementioned declarative sentences. Sometimes God talks to them (as indicated by boldfaced text and a word bubble leading off-panel). The predictability of the format forces North to script these things pretty creatively, though.

Basically, it's one of the best things on the internet.

(Quick Warning: as with most things on the internet, there's some content that's inappropriate for younger audiences. View at your own risk!)

Dinosaur Comics by Ryan North

Next week: other best things on the internet!


  1. Hyperbole and a Half is pretty awesome. Again I dare ask, what CAN'T MS Paint do? Perhaps my complete lack of artistic skills but my sharp non-British wit COULD translate into a webcomic someday.

  2. I had just started to get on the Internet for a few minutes at home and was getting excited and used to the fact that I needed only a few minutes online to do some tasks, to look at one or two media-related news article links. I had been looking forward to scouring for my book wish list and ordering what I could from the library, or going in next time and checking out multiple magazines at once, certain I would read them all and still feel I should have checked out at least one more.

    However, after reading Dinosaur Comics, I don't know whether to thank you or regret that you posted this. Addicting and funny, Dinosaur Comics is soon something that I will eagerly and anxiously (and yes, both words are being used correctly) anticipate that I will become sick of because I want to catch up on it all so fast.

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