“RAWR! Dinosaur Friends has all the dinosaurs. Yes, ALL of them.
…Or at least as many as will fit into one- and two-page vignettes!”
RAWR! Dinosaur Friends by Hannah McGill offers some educational humour with adorable little dinosaurs. I didn’t quite get all of the jokes since I’m no dinosaur fanatic, but luckily McGill likes to explain some of the jokes in the author’s comments section on Tapastic.
It is difficult to review a comic that consists of one strip gags. There is a theme to the comic as a whole, which is good, but there isn’t a story to critique. Looking at each page individually, however, there is decent flow between panels which allows the joke to run smoothly from start to finish.
Each joke is also carried out well. By throwing in the educational blurbs to help the joke reach its goal, McGill shows an understanding that not all of her readers may be educated in the Mesozoic era.
RAWR! Dinosaur Friends is filled with words that aren’t the easiest to pronounce, let alone spell. So I’m going to assume they are spelled correctly. This comic actually offers a fun way to learn a little about some of the dinosaurs without being bored silly by the wording you’d typically find in a textbook.
One thing that I just can’t quite get over is the complete lack of grammar. All of the rules for the English language were tossed out of the window for this comic. I’d say it followed along with the rules of texting more than anything else. Some pages followed grammar rules perfectly, others completely forgot they even existed.
Overlooking the grammar, the writing is okay. There is a solid conclusion at the end of each strip and they are relatively easy to follow along. It’s a lighthearted read with a little background knowledge behind it. Lots of play on words.
The art is greyscale with cute little black dinosaurs. The simplistic style allows for the joke to be the center of attention.
Personally, I would like to see a bit more detailing in the form of the dinosaurs since they are generally pretty vague shapes. Although they are easy to tell apart and visually they are okay, it is really just a preference of mine to see a bit more detailing –especially when a strip’s joke relies on the dinosaur’s form.
The last thing I wanted to mention were the panels. RAWR! Dinosaur Friends has some pretty great paneling work that makes it very clear which direction the comic is moving, allowing for a quick and easy read.
The simplistic art and clean cut panels allow the comic to fit perfectly into the gag-a-day genre with punchline jokes that will put a smile on your face.
If you know quite a bit about dinosaurs, or you want to learn more about them without actually picking up those disgustingly heavy (and expensive) textbooks, then you might enjoy RAWR! Dinosaur Friends by Hannah McGill.