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What’s not to love, right? Between you and me, I’d probably recklessly endanger the fabric of reality in exchange for unlimited pork dumplings. Sadly, I find the selection of Chinese food in the greater Portland area a bit…wanting. We have incredible diversity and Pan-Asian representation, and when you’re going out for Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, even Indian food there is a culinary bounty to choose from.

This isn’t to say that good Chinese food doesn’t exist in Portland, but I still have my eye out for the perfect centrally located takeout destination. It’s entirely possible I haven’t over-turned every delicious food cart in the city, but this is a continuing quest that I am more than happy to accept.

We can argue the finer points until we're blue in the face, but the cold truth is that these lizards close cases. This may be a situation where one doesn't necessarily want to see where the proverbial sausage is made; but I suppose one might be inclined to go down that rabbit hole if the bill for said sausage was 1.3 million to repave public streets.

I added some shading to this week's strip, and you may be asking yourself "hey, why don't you shade every strip!". The short answer is that I'm not particularly good at it and it takes longer. In the time it took me to shade this strip, I (feel) like I could have drawn another whole strip. Still, it helps to add dimension and I see a lot of my favorite illustrators being less lazy than me with their work all the time, so I'm going to try to take it that extra step whenever possible. Just don't start asking for color.

 

It's true, we each have our own preferred ways of...doing things. While the science doesn't really confirm the dilophosaurus' neck frills or venomous spit, I think we can all agree that it's more awesome to just go with the flow in this case. I mean, if we were to believe everything these lab coat wearing nerds said, all dinosaurs would have feathered exteriors. Personally, having grown up with the leathery green-skinned interpretations I'm willing to keep living the sweet lie that Crichton/Speilberg setup and helped perpetuate.

I am very excited to announce that I will be participating in a live digital art Let's Draw panel at Pax West 2017 hosted by Pinny Pals After Dark! The final schedule hasn't been published yet, but (pending schedule availability) I'll be joined by other talented digital artists such as Chelsea Austin (thefawnn), Amy Falcone (The C-Team, Clique Refresh), and Kris Straub (The C-Team, Chainsawsuit). I'm definitely a humble traveler in the company of giants here and could not be more thrilled. I'll post more details as the event gets closer and the schedule gets finalized, but in case you didn't have a reason to attend Pax West this year, well here you go!

Here's a link to the Penny Arcade Forums thread with the tentative schedule information

And here is some additional link information on the other artists included on the panel. Check them out and be thoroughly impressed!

thefawnn - http://thefawnn.deviantart.com/

Amy Falcone - http://www.cliquerefresh.com/

Kris Straub - http://chainsawsuit.com/

 

It's easy to adorn your adversaries with more credit than perhaps they're due, especially when you have a crazy crime board pointing the way. Truth be told, the crime board was the most fun thing to draw this week, the rest of the comic was almost an afterthought. We'll definitely be seeing more of the board in the future.

You may be noticing some stylistic shifts to the human characters in the strip week over week. While styles will evolve naturally over time, I'm actually still working on finding one that's "just right" for the tone of DTF. I had a permutation where they looked a little more human like, but for some reason it just wasn't as funny. It was also a little sad when they got eaten, which happens quite a bit. Maybe some  day I'll post up some of the older concept art for the time criminals on Twitter or Instagram.

In all honesty I've never actually been to an event in which this particular projectile launcher has been utilized, but it seems like a thing that would either be terribly fun or terribly tragic. I mean, I'm pretty sure that the entire concept is incredibly dangerous which is probably one of the many reasons you don't see them that often.

I actually had a series of comics featuring the net gun, and I was contemplating waiting to release them in November and call it Net-vember (heh). Upon further reflection, there are really only so many ways that net guns can be funny, and I got cold feet at the prospect of delivering an entire month's worth of net themed humor. Plus, I didn't want to field any questions or statements about how Net-vember isn't a real thing.