Dinosaur Comics

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Dinosaur Comics
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Author(s) Ryan North
Website qwantz.com
Current status / schedule Updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday except Canadian holidays
Launch date February 1, 2003
Genre(s) Humour

Dinosaur Comics is a constrained webcomic by Canadian writer Ryan North. It is also known as "Qwantz", after the site's domain name, "qwantz.com". The first comic was posted on February 1, 2003,[1] although there were earlier prototypes. Dinosaur Comics has also been printed in three collections and in a number of newspapers.[2][3] The comic centers on three main characters, T-Rex, Utahraptor and Dromiceiomimus.[4]

Comics are posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Every strip uses the same artwork;[5] only the dialogue changes from day to day. There are occasional deviations from this principle, including a number of episodic comics.[6] North created the comic because it was something he'd "long wanted to do but couldn’t figure out how to accomplish... [he doesn't] draw, so working in a visual medium like comics isn’t the easiest thing to stumble into."[7]


  • T-Rex, the main character.
  • Utahraptor, T-Rex's comic foil, appears in the fourth and fifth panels of the comic.
  • Dromiceiomimus appears in the third panel. She is generally friendly to T-Rex, answering either neutrally or with mild, friendly criticism.

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Several early comics take place in a mirror universe. In this arc, the standard comic has been flipped horizontally, as if seen in a mirror. All of the dinosaurs, in addition to being literal mirror images, sport drawn-on goatees to demonstrate that they are the mirror-universe counterparts of the normal characters (a parody of Star Trek‍ '​s Mirror-Spock).[6]
  • God and the devil make frequent appearances in the strip, speaking from off the tops and bottoms of the panels respectively, in bold and capitalized letters and with the Devil's lines in red.
  • T-Rex's neighbors: families of raccoons and cephalopods
  • Morris: a tiny bug, lacking in self-confidence, who mostly appears on T-Rex's nose
  • A fictionalized version of William Shakespeare appears mostly in an intermittent series called "Literary Technique Comics."
  • Mr. Tusks: an elephant affected by island dwarfism. He speaks only in the sixth frame and frequently makes puns on the word "short" and variants.
  • Doug: a triceratops who adopts bizarre historical affectations.


Dinosaur Comics has received several awards and recognitions. It was named one of the best webcomics of 2004[8] and 2005[9] by The Webcomics Examiner. Wired listed Dinosaur Comics as one of "Five Webcomics You Can Share With Your Kids"[10] and PC Magazine included the comic in its "10 Wicked Awesome Webcomics" list.[11] Cracked.com named Dinosaur Comics one of the 8 funniest webcomics on the internet.[5]

In 2005, it won "Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic" in the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards.[12] Soon after, in August 2005, Dinosaur Comics was accepted into the Dayfree Press.

In 2006, the blook Dinosaur Comics: Huge Eyes, Beaks, Intelligence, and Ambition was a runner up for the Lulu Blooker Prize for comics.

Collected editions[edit]

  • The Best of Dinosaur Comics: 2003–2005 AD: Your Whole Family Is Made Of Meat (April 15, 2006, Quack!Media) ISBN 0-7560-0518-3
  • Dinosaur Comics fig. d: Dudes Already Know About Chickens (2010, TopatoCo) ISBN 978-0-9824862-6-9
  • Dinosaur Comics fig. e: Everybody knows failure is just success rounded down (2011, TopatoCo) ISBN 978-1-936561-90-2
  • Dinosaur Comics fig. f: Feelings are boring, kissing is awesome (2012, TopatoCo) ISBN 978-1-936561-86-5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ North, Ryan (February 1, 2003). "Dinosaur Comics No. 1". Dinosaur Comics. Retrieved November 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Q: Is Dinosaur Comics printed anywhere else off the Internet?
    It was in a few papers, but they tended to go bankrupt, so that was the end of that. There were a lot of university papers. If a university paper or a school paper asks to run the comics, I'm like, "Sure! Don't worry about payment, just putting it in will be great." But for large papers I ask for a little bit of money. Then they go bankrupt." "North By T-Rex: Dinosaur Comics' Ryan North talks about bringing up his dino-baby in the world of webcomics."; Internet Archive link.
  3. ^ Doctorow, Cory. "Dinosaur Comics collection: improbably fantastic re-use of dinosaur clip art". Boing Boing. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Elfring, Matt (May 30, 2012). "Web Comic Spotlight: 5/30/12: Dinosaur Comics". Comic Vine. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Swaim, Michael. "The 8 Funniest Webcomics". Cracked.com. Retrieved November 15, 2008.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "cracked" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ a b North, Ryan (March 19, 2003). "Dinosaur Comics No. 35". Dinosaur Comics. 
  7. ^ Mitchel, Bill (August 13, 2009). "In Depth: Ryan North". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ The Best Webcomics of 2004
  9. ^ The Best Webcomics of 2005
  10. ^ Richards, Brent (July 1, 2009). "Five Webcomics You Can Share With Your Kids.". Wired. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ Reynolds, Whitney (June 4, 2007). "10 Wicked Awesome Webcomics". PC Magazine. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards". Ccawards.com. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 

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