Sunday, October 31, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #31: Daspletosaurus

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NAME: Daspletosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: dass-PLEE-tuh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1921
FUN FACT: Daspletosaurus fossils are among the rarest of the tyrannosaurids.


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Saturday, October 30, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #30: Microceratops

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NAME: Microceratops
PRONUNCIATION: my-kro-SAIR-uh-tops
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: China, 1953
FUN FACT: The original name of Microceratops has since been replaced by Microceratus due to the former already belonging to a species of wasp.


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Friday, October 29, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #29: Psittacosaurus

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NAME: Psittacosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: SIT-uh-ko-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Asia, 1923
FUN FACT: Psittacosaurus may not be well known to the general public, but with over 400 fossils collected -- including many complete skeletons -- the species is very familiar to scientists.


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #28: Protoceratops

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NAME: Protoceratops
PRONUNCIATION: pro-toe-SAIR-uh-tops
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Mongolia, 1922
FUN FACT: A Mongolian fossil shows a Velociraptor and Protoceratops locked in battle!


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #27: Montanoceratops

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NAME: Montanoceratops
PRONUNCIATION: mon-TAN-uh-SAIR-uh-tops
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Montana, 1916
FUN FACT: Montanoceratops had elongated bones in its tail, which may have been helpful in using the tail as a signalling or communication device.


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #26: Compsognathus

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NAME: Compsognathus
PRONUNCIATION: komp-sog-NAY-thus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Germany, 1861
FUN FACT: Compsognathus -- affectionately known as “compys” -- are featured in two of the Jurassic Park films, in which they are shown hunting in packs, despite the fact that there is no evidence for this behavior in the fossil record.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #25: Saltopus

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NAME: Saltopus
PRONUNCIATION: sal-TOH-pus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Triassic
DISCOVERED: Scotland, 1910
FUN FACT: Saltopus is only known by a few bone fragments, mostly from the hind limb. Some scientists have suggested that Saltopus is actually the juvenile form of another species.


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #24: Archaeopteryx

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NAME: Archaeopteryx
PRONUNCIATION: ar-kee-OP-ter-ix
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Germany, 1861
FUN FACT: Archaeopteryx, a clear link between reptiles and birds, became a major player in the evolution debate as it was discovered just a few years after Darwin published On the Origin of Species.


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Saturday, October 23, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #23: Torosaurus

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NAME: Torosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: TOR-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Wyoming, 1891
FUN FACT: New research suggests that Torosaurus was actually just a mature form of Triceratops.


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Friday, October 22, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #22: Chasmosaurus

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NAME: Chasmosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: KAZ-muh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1901
FUN FACT: Chasmosaurus’ large frill was fairly flimsy -- it was merely skin stretched over thin bones, and could not have played much of a role in defense.


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #21: Styracosaurus

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NAME: Styracosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: stih-RAK-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1913
FUN FACT: The unique horn formation of Styracosaurus has made it the darling of popular media; the species can be seen in numerous TV shows, video games, and films, including 1933’s “The Son of Kong.”


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #20: Centrosaurus

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NAME: Centrosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: SEN-tro-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1904
FUN FACT: The names of Centrosaurus and Kentrosaurus (a stegosaur, #77), are both derived from the same greek word “kentron,” meaning “point or prickle.”


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #19: Spinosaurus

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NAME: Spinosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: SPY-nuh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Egypt, 1915
FUN FACT: Spinosaurus is thought to have lived on both land and water, like a modern crocodile. The similiarity of Spinosaurus’ jaw to that of a crocodile suggests that it primarily ate fish.


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Monday, October 18, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #18: Albertosaurus

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NAME: Albertosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: al-BER-tuh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Alberta, Canada, 1905
FUN FACT: Twenty-two Albertosaurus skeletons have been discovered together in a bonebed, suggesting that members of this species displayed pack behavior.


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Sunday, October 17, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #17: Struthiomimus

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NAME: Struthiomimus
PRONUNCIATION: strooth-ee-uh-MY-mus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: USA, 1890
FUN FACT: Struthiomimus was originally categorized as Ornithomimius until fossils that differentiated it were discovered in 1914.


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #16: Dromiceiomimus

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NAME: Dromiceiomimus
PRONUNCIATION: dro-MEE-see-o-MYE-mus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Canada, 1933
FUN FACT: Dromiceiomimus is T-Rex's gentle neighbor in Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics.


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Friday, October 15, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #15: Edmontosaurus

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NAME: Edmontosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: ed-MON-tuh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Canada, 1891
FUN FACT: Because of the discovery of several mummified specimens, the scalation of Edmontosaurus is known for most areas of the body.



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #14: Prosaurolophus

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NAME: Prosaurolophus
PRONUNCIATION: pro-SAWR-OL-uh-fus
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Canada, 1915
FUN FACT: Prosaurolophus was named because of the similarity of its skull shape to Saurolophus before scientists discovered that it had been reconstructed incorrectly.



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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #13: Parasaurolophus

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NAME: Parasaurolophus
PRONUNCIATION: par-ah-SAWR-OL-uh-fus
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Canada, 1922
FUN FACT: Depictions of Parasaurolophus often include a skin flap from its crest to its neck.



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #12: Corythosaurus

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NAME: Corythosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: ko-RITH-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Canada, 1912
FUN FACT: The first Corythosaurus specimen, a complete skeleton that included much of the animal's fossilized skin, was on a ship that was sunk by the Germans in 1916.



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Monday, October 11, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #11: Gallimimus

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NAME: Gallimimus
PRONUNCIATION: gal-uh-MY-mus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Mongolia, early 1970s
FUN FACT: A herd of running Gallimimus appear in the film Jurassic Park.


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #10: Tsintaosaurus

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NAME: Tsintaosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: SINT-ow-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: China, 1958
FUN FACT: Tsintaosaurus usually walked on all fours, but could rear up
on its hind legs to scout for predators.


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Saturday, October 09, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #9: Lambeosaurus

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NAME: Lambeosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: LAM-be-uh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Ornithischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Canada, 1902
FUN FACT: Some of the likely uses of Lambeosaurus' crest are as a resonating chamber for making sounds, or as a method for different sexes of the same species to recognize each other.


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Friday, October 08, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #8: Ornithomimus

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NAME: Ornithomimus
PRONUNCIATION: or-nith-uh-MY-mus
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: USA, 1890
FUN FACT: The name Ornithomimus means "bird mimic", due to its birdlike skeletal structure.


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Thursday, October 07, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #7: Coelurus

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NAME: Coelurus
PRONUNCIATION: see-LURE-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: USA, 1879
FUN FACT: The discoverer, O.C. Marsh, described Coelurus as an "animal about as large as a wolf, and probably carnivorous."


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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #6: Elaphrosaurus

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NAME: Elaphrosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: ee-LAFF-ruh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Tanzania, 1960
FUN FACT: The fact that Elaphrosaurus' shin bone is considerably longer than its thigh bone indicates it was a fast runner.


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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #5: Dryptosaurus

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NAME: Dryptosaurus
PRONUNCIATION: DRIP-tuh-SAWR-us
ORDER: Saurischia
EXISTED DURING: Late Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: USA, 1866
FUN FACT: The Dryptosaurus was made famous by an iconic painting by Charles R. Knight, and the story of its creation, as well as Cope and Marsh's rivalry, is detailed in our and Jim Ottaviani's book Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

Top 20 Wildstorm Comics, featuring Zander Cannon

Comic Book Resources, in memory of the now-defunct (though continuing as part of DC) Wildstorm line of comics, has ranked the top 20 books released through the imprint. Not surprisingly, Alan Moore is well-represented, but as it happens, so am I! No fewer than 3 titles (Smax, Top 10, and Tom Strong*) that I worked on appear in this list.

15. "Smax," by Alan Moore and Zander Cannon

The stoic Jeff Smax from "Top 10" turns out to come from a fairytale world and Moore and Cannon are brave enough to show it. Completely different in look and tone from "Top 10," this series is a lot of fun, kind of an Alan Moore-doing-"Shrek" story, though with more humanity than that might imply. It's apparently been compared to "Fables," and it does bear some superficial resemblances, but then this is "Fables" done with more wit and charm. It reads smarter and doesn't get in its own way as it tells its story.

10. "Tom Strong," by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse

There's a coldness to this series that it never quite shakes, and Alan Moore doesn't write all the issues - though his tend to be the best, of course. But that doesn't make this comic any less impressive as a high-wire adventure comic full of super-science and family and dimension-hopping and worlds of wonder. Tom Strong is Doc Savage mixed with Tom Swift mixed with whatever else is on Alan Moore's mind. Out of all the comics on this list, I think this is the one that will most grow in esteem as the years march on.

4. "Top 10," by Alan Moore and Gene Ha

Though this series was promoted as a simple "what would cops be like in a world in which everyone had super-powers," it immediately established itself as a strong ensemble series about a group of well-defined characters. That they were visually interesting only helped. That Gene Ha hid panel after panel of Easter eggs featuring characters from every era and genre only made it more interesting. That Alan Moore takes all this and then uses it to comment on comic book absurdities while still making the characters feel real - that makes it astonishing.


* I did layouts for Tom Strong #7. And Kevin worked on Smax #1 as my intern in 2001!

Thanks to the also-well-represented Gene Ha for the tip!

DINO-A-DAY #4: Dimorphodon

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NAME: Dimorphodon
PRONUNCIATION: die-MOR-fo-don
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Jurassic
DISCOVERED: UK, 1828
FUN FACT: Dimorphodon's name means "two-form tooth" due to the fact that it had two distinct types of teeth in its jaws--a rarity among reptiles.


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Sunday, October 03, 2010

DINO-A-DAY #3: Pterodaustro

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NAME: Pterodaustro
PRONUNCIATION: ter-o-DAW-stroh
ORDER: Pterosauria
EXISTED DURING: Early Cretaceous
DISCOVERED: Argentina, late 1960s
FUN FACT: Pterodaustro's filter-feeding diet likely gave it a pink hue, leading to its nickname "the flamingo pterosaur".


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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Follow 24 Hour Comic Day on Twitter



For the seventh year in a row, many of the fine cartoonists in the Twin Cities will be gathering together -- surrounded by coffee, pillows, and pizza -- to participate in 24 Hour Comics Day. 24HCD has grown from a cloud of neurons firing in Scott McCloud's head to an international event, and Minnesota has been a major player since day one.

On 24HCD cartoonists are tasked with the unenviable goal of producing a 24 page comic in 24 hours -- no mean feat, no matter how simple your style or sharp your wit. By hour 20 everyone's hand hurts, by hour 22 everyone's brain is mush, and by hour 24 ... well, it's not a pretty sight.

The official rules state that participants are not allowed bring any ideas with them. To that end, Zander Cannon has perfected the technique of drawing a Pictionary card at the beginning of each event. Each card lists six words, and he crafts a story around those six words, no matter how bizarre or unrelated they may seem at first. But over the past few years there's been a growing contingent of cartoonists who forego the official rules and bring in well-formed ideas and even scripts and model sheets. I used to rail against this insurgency as being against the spirit of the event, but I've lightened up: the REAL spirit of the event is getting together with like-minded artists who are crazy enough to stake out of 4-foot square piece of real estate and sit there, for an entire day, and do nothing but move ink around on white paper.

So good luck to the 50+ cartoonists who are gathered at MCBA today (and tonight and tomorrow morning)!

But if you, like me, won't be able to be there this year, follow all the action on Twitter:

twitter.com/24HourComicDay

Or search using the hashtag: #mpls24hcd

Or check out the blog: 24-hourcomic.blogspot.com


GOOD LUCK!

DINO-A-DAY #2: Rhamphorhynchus

Welcome to Dino-a-Day, where we'll be highlighting one prehistoric beast per day until the release of our graphic novel Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth on January 4, 2011.

Each of the ninety-six creatures we'll be featuring on this blog are taken from a huge 2-page spread in the middle of Evolution. So while you can see each individual creature here, you'll need to grab the book to see them all together!



NAME: Rhamphorhynchus
PRONUNCIATION: RAM-fo-RING-kus
ORDER: Pterosaur
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Germany, 1847
FUN FACT: The location of Rhamphorhynchus' teeth suggest that it had a piscivorous diet, which means it ate fish.


See all the Dino-a-Days HERE

Purchase
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
on Amazon


Source: Wikipedia
Pronunciation: Dinosauria.com

Friday, October 01, 2010

DINO-A-DAY # 1: Anurognathus

Welcome to Dino-a-Day, where we'll be highlighting one prehistoric beast per day until the release of our graphic novel Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth on January 4, 2011.

Each of the ninety-six creatures we'll be featuring on this blog are taken from a huge 2-page spread in the middle of Evolution. So while you can see each individual creature here, you'll need to grab the book to see them all together!



NAME: Anurognathus
ORDER: Pterosaur
EXISTED DURING: Late Jurassic
DISCOVERED: Germany, 1923
FUN FACT: Like many of the creatures we'll be showcasing here on Dino-a-Day, Anurognathus is not actually a dinosaur, but rather a pterosaur ("winged lizard"). We like to be accurate, but the more specific "Prehistoric Beast-a-Day" is too much of a mouthful.


See all the Dino-a-Days HERE

Purchase
Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth
on Amazon


Source: Wikipedia