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I don't get this
Why is Dinosaur Comics so great? It's not a webcomic; it's an illustrated blog! What's there to look at? What's there to hold interest? How can this strip be exciting if T-Rex doesn't do anything save smashing houses, making wisecracks, and talking about random crap?

Webcomics are supposed to do more. Half of a webcomic is the art, and one of the key things about Dinosaur Comics is its constrained artwork. The comic is essentially Ryan North talking to us through his puppet dinosaurs. It's not a webcomic, and I get sick of people calling it "the greatest webcomic ever". A lot of those same people go attacking newspaper comics for being boring and predictable, but at least they changed the artwork and gave something new to look at. A window of art is always more interesting than a wall of text, and Dinosaur Comics is just one wall of text after another.

Here's all I ask: stop calling it a webcomic. Unless it's some sort of meta-joke, which, considering its audience, wouldn't surprise me.

(Final note: If someone else would like to write a positive review that explains what makes this so great, please do so.)
comment #1983 Zipp 4th Mar 10 (edited by: Zipp)
It's a comic in a very literal sense of- quote Scott Mc Cloud- "juxtaposed pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence." Is it an illustrated blog of anti-humor? Yes. But it's still a comic. And for that matter, there are plenty of webcomics which are blogs- DAR Comics comes to mind.
comment #1995 99.170.134.94 6th Mar 10 (edited by: Tuckerscreator)
You answered your question in the first paragraph: Because T-Rex doesn't do actually do anything. It's great because the author managed to develop a number of characters, including T-Rex, out of six panels of clip art. T-Rex, for that matter, is a very good character, with an attitude more memorable than most other comic strip characters that are drawn every day.

It does follow a comic strip format though, so that can't really be argued.

I'm considering writing a review, having done a small report for school, but admittedly, it isn't something that everyone will like, and that's okay.
comment #2055 newtonthenewt 13th Mar 10 (edited by: newtonthenewt)
Because it is funny and makes people laugh? MAYBE!
comment #2171 99.232.196.201 4th Apr 10
You mean all of the webcomic is the art.

This takes it into an entirely different medium, completely dodging the art requirement that webcomics need and substituting gut-wrenching hilarious jokes.

It's a little something around here we refer to as Minimalism.

Speaking of which, a lot of other comics do the same thing (the whole no art funny joke thing) like xkcd and other stick figure comics.
comment #2853 stickmeister0 13th Jun 10
"How can this strip be exciting if T-Rex doesn't do anything save smashing houses, making wisecracks, and talking about random crap? "

That isn't exiting, or funny? I thought Seinfeld was pretty good.

"Webcomics are supposed to do more. Half of a webcomic is the art, and one of the key things about Dinosaur Comics is its constrained artwork."

Er, maybe this webcomic isn't for you, people like different things, and while I for one do not like minimalism, I understand that some people do.
comment #2868 Phrederic 15th Jun 10
"A window of art is always more interesting than a wall of text,"

Really.

Really.

comment #4431 Majutsukai 14th Sep 10
Wait, you're charging that this is no more than a blog? Frankly, most of the humor really isn't bloggish or even that opinionated, compared to, say, Penny Arcade and its numerous ilk - they're jam-packed with more opinions, take thats, and bloggery than Ryan North ever can do in a hundred strips.
comment #4445 JackMackerel 16th Sep 10
"How can this strip be exciting if T-Rex doesn't do anything save smashing houses, making wisecracks, and talking about random crap?" It's not meant to be exciting, it's meant to be funny. Also, you say it's not a webcomic. Yes it is. It tells a story by using characters in panels. That means it's a comic. More precisely, every page tells the story of T-Rex talking about things. (Well, there are exceptions, but still.) And it's published on the web. That makes it a webcomic. It's true that the art doesn't change, but that doesn't mean it's not a webcomic, it's just a webcomic that always uses the same art. Furthermore, you never say WHY it's not a webcomic. Read this page. http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1920 It's not a blog, it's T-Rex and two other dinosaurs having a discussion about fancy clothes. Now, you could have a discussion like that on a blog, but that doesn't mean that this is a blog; it just means that it discusses subjects that also would have been interesting subject matter for a blog. There IS a difference. "A window of art is always more interesting than a wall of text," you say. If this is true, I guess you never read books since you can spend that time looking at paintings instead. And you do say that art is ALWAYS better than text.
comment #9751 MichaelKatsuro 7th Sep 11
I like Dinosaur Comics. It's a humorous series. There's no need for the pictures to change when the writing is doing the job.

Wait, you're charging that this is no more than a blog? Frankly, most of the humor really isn't bloggish or even that opinionated, compared to, say, Penny Arcade and its numerous ilk - they're jam-packed with more opinions, take thats, and bloggery than Ryan North ever can do in a hundred strips.

He calls it a blog because the strip is entirely writing-based.
comment #9756 Scardoll 7th Sep 11
I always see Dinosaur Comics as something of a framing device. It's not a Webcomic by the book definition, but more like it's a comedic and particularly silly debate presented in a format that never changes. You can actually take the transcript from any comic, remove all of the references to dinosaurs and present it to anyone. And it's still funny! But the fact that the art never changes from six panels of talking dinosaurs makes it funnier in a very strange way.

Really, you shouldn't be reading this if you believe that it's bad simply because the art never changes. It's just not for you.
comment #13376 stickmeister0 22nd Mar 12
It's not SUPPOSED to be great art or exciting, it's supposed to be funny and make you laugh. And to me at least, it succeeds. If you want to see good art and exciting action, don't look in webcomics.
comment #21384 ading 6th Oct 13
We have video game sprite comics, where most of the time they're just cutting, pasting and sometimes color swapping. There's famous stick figure comics like The Order of the Stick and Cyanade And Hapiness and of course there's Badly Drawn Kitties or the Nuzlocke runs. Webcomics are (mostly) not profesional, they're made by average Joes, saying half of it it's the art is simply not true.
comment #21388 marcellx 6th Oct 13
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