Tales from the Sketchbook

I recently glanced through some of my childhood sketchbooks and found a selection of comic strips.

I think I was about 8 when I drew these, so I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure they were about a reverse Jurassic Park-type park. The humans were kept in cages, and the dinosaurs were the patrons.

I found this hilarious.

Yet none of the comics clearly illustrated this concept. And to be honest, none of them really make any sense.

Let’s dive in.

1. “T-Rex Buys a Hot Dog”
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The concept is simple. But I’m not sure that there’s an actual joke connected to this one.
Maybe it’s the shockingly surreal  juxtaposition of an extinct carnivore and a human hot dog vendor. Maybe the hot dogs are intended to be actual dogs. Who knows?

2. “Sticking It to the Man”

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If you’re unable to read the dialogue, the park ranger is saying, “Johnsen [sic], food suplies [sic] is [sic] decreasing rapidly!” I’m considering hanging this next to my English degree.

I believe the dinosaur in this comic was meant to be the rascally main character, shown here sticking it to the man by stealing their food supplies without a care in the world.

3. “Sticking It to the Man Yet Again”

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Here we find our rascally protagonist stealing more food. But this time, the backpacker feels that he’s gonna get the last laugh.

As this was the final comic in this Dinosaur series, I assume that the backpacker had rigged his famous backpack with explosives, killing our protagonist and everyone in the Dinosaur park.

An emotional end to a groundbreaking series.