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.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Only the parody is explained. Not the actual subject of gramar - which for non native english speakers may not be so trivial.|
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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.
Note that the last word by the T-rex is split over the last two frames and it is divided in "the wrong" place: subc- -onscious. With the other text above and below "-onscious?" in the last panel this can be rather confusing. Probably something Randall is very c-onscious about!
This comic is a part of the Parody Week, just joking about other webcomics.
- 141: Parody Week: Achewood
- 142: Parody Week: Megatokyo
- 143: Parody Week: TFD and Natalie Dee
- 144: Parody Week: A Softer World
- 145: 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
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