Thank you to McCook!

For our friends in McCook, Jurascals had a wonderful run in the Nebraska paper from November 2012 through March 1st, 2016
Now is the time when the adventures will continue in The Crayon Diary in the CT and NY papers. I thank the McCook Gazette for the opportunity to create the comic strip for the Nebraska readers and I hope the opportunity presents itself at a later date in the future! If you enjoy Dinosaur and Skunk’s adventures, check out The Crayon Diary page and ask your local newspapers to publish it!

Toadstool Geological Park

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JURASCALS comic strip begins a long story arc this week that will last throughout the next few months. Dinosaur and Skunk start in the farthest point northwest in Nebraska; they will visit Toadstool Geological Park. There they make a startling discovery that will shake the foundation of their core beliefs.

 

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The two heroes will travel across the state searching to solve a mystery that will unfold within the Cornhusker state and beyond in the Great Plains.

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J. Timothy Quirk at Toadstool Geological Park

 

 

 

The characters will visit many communities (in the comic strip) in this story. Immediately there will be stops in Chadron, Hemingford and Alliance as they travel east.

 

Stay tuned and enjoy the journey!

The Jurascals Primer Part One: How We Got Here

a brief history

On April 11, 2011, Jurascals leaped onto the pages of a major newspaper and enjoys continuous publication to this day. This is the brief history of how JURASCALS got here.

This is the cover to We Can Go To Omaha
This is the cover to We Can Go To Omaha

Assume that the real beginning occurred way back in the formative years when I learned to draw by mimicking my father’s cartoon inspired artwork, an interest that carried through my elementary school years when I drew comic books with my brother. In college my “Animal Stories” comic strip was published weekly for years until my graduation.

In 2009 my daughter was struggling to read so I created a short 8 page “book” for her. In the “book” my daughter was the main character in a story where she and I visited the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford. I called it “I Like Art”. She liked the book so much I decided to follow it up with a silly story about a dinosaur visiting Omaha in a book called “We Can Go To Omaha”.  I chose that because of our family ties to Nebraska and the fact that Omaha is a relatively fun word to say and easy to spell.  My daughter liked the dinosaur so I drew a few more 8 page books starring the rascally fellow. You can find the rest here on SCRIBD.

First oil painting of Dinosaur in Waterbury running past the Carrie Welton Fountain
First oil painting of Dinosaur in Waterbury running past the Carrie Welton Fountain

 

In 2010, after completing those books I created an oil painting featuring the silly dinosaur running around the Carrie Welton fountain in Waterbury, Connecticut. I submitted it for display at the Artwell Gallery in Torrington and it was accepted.

 

On display at Artwell
On display at Artwell

In 2010 I began creating a weekly cartoon called Happy Central New York for the Skaneateles Journal. The cartoon continues to this day.  But I always wanted to create a daily comic strip. I submitted a proposal to the Auburn Citizen and they accepted the proposal. JURASCALS was born.

 

The JURASCALS story focused on the little girl, based on my daughter, and the Dinosaur and their exploration of Auburn, NY. But even during that year I created Jurascals cartoons about a skunk and a large dinosaur in Nebraska. The Great Plains was a great source of inspiration.

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In 2012 I wanted my Dinosaur character to go to Nebraska. I created a story line that allowed him to do that and he went with his Skunk friend. The McCook Daily Gazette loved the characters and the idea of a comic strip that celebrated the Great Plains and an agricultural community. nebraska paper

The dinosaur and skunk stayed in Nebraska. The little girl and her family “in Auburn” continued their adventures (and still does to this day) in their own separate comic strip.

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