145: Parody Week: Dinosaur Comics
|Parody Week: Dinosaur Comics|
Title text: Guys: while I was writing this, I accidentally swallowed a table-size slab of drywall. I know! Wacky.
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Dinosaur Comics (wikipedia article) is a webcomic by Ryan North. The artwork never changes, save a few rare exceptions, and only the dialogue is different. Randall has borrowed the usual artwork and font.
For those who don't read it, here's a typical strip.
Randall makes several shots at recurring themes in Dinosaur Comics. T-Rex (the green dinosaur) is bold and enthusiastic, discussing various topics, a favorite of which appears to be linguistics. Dromiceiomimus, the white dinosaur in the third panel, usually responds calmly to T-Rex's discussions. Utahraptor, the orange dinosaur, typically contradicts T-Rex, but Randall subverts this pattern and has him agree. The comic suggests that the perpetual disagreement stems from a 'rift' in the author's mind, which would be healed if only he lived in a world where there were a land bridge between Asia and North America.
Just like xkcd, Dinosaur Comics also has title texts. Ryan's title texts tend to be bizarre non-sequiturs, and the title text in the parody seems to be a riff on this.
This comic is a part of the Parody Week, just joking about other webcomics.
- Parody Week: Achewood
- Parody Week: Megatokyo
- Parody Week: TFD and Natalie Dee
- Parody Week: A Softer World
- Parody Week: Dinosaur Comics
- T-Rex: THINGS I AM UPPITY ABOUT: "They" as a third-person singular gender-free pronoun.
- T-Rex: I'm all for it!
- Dromiceiomimus: But isn't that terrible grammar?
- T-Rex: Only by recent convention! It's been in use that way for centuries, and its use is widely accepted! ALSO: this lets us avoid ridiculous constructs like "he/she", "s/he", "xe" or "hirs"!
- Utahraptor: T-Rex, I... agree.
- T-Rex: What?
- Utahraptor: That sounds good to me!
- Utahraptor: Normally I'd jump in with an objection, but I think your point makes sense.
- T-Rex: Could it be that the rift in our author's mind has finally healed? Is he no longer locked in perpetual war with the self-doubt that lurks in his subc-
- Narrator: IN A WORLD WHERE THERE IS STILL A LAND BRIDGE BETWEEN ASIA AND NORTH AMERICA FOR SOME REASON:
- T-Rex: -onscious?
- Narrator: ALSO HOW ABOUT IN THIS WORLD EVERYONE IS BICURIOUS
- The topic of gender-neutral pronouns has been specifically covered in Dinosaur Comics, five years after this parody.