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September 21, 2011


Comic Stylings

by Larry Granillo

Dinosaur Comics, September 21, 2011 (Click the image for the full-size)

"Dinosaur Comics" is one of my favorite daily destinations on the internet. Drawn by Toronto-native Ryan North, the strip is a bit different than most other strips that you'll read in that a) the comic art never changes and b) the dinosaurs tend to talk about some very esoteric things. It doesn't work for everyone, I know, but those who do like it, love it.

Today, T-Rex and his pals are discussing our favorite topic (baseball, of course) from a purely-descriptive form. Sadly, as Utahraptor points out, this abstract approach does not do the sport justice and it comes across as rather boring. If only T-Rex had thought about it more - a different phrasing could very well convince him that baseball is the greatest game ever. A different phrasing like this, perhaps:

BASEBALL - As it is played: You and your compatriots stand alert in a field, waiting to defend against enemy attacks. Suddenly, a projectile is hurtling at you at immense speeds. You must run and track down this small, powerful object before it does damage to your field (or even your body). When you do, you immediately turn around and hurtle the object back at the opposition at great speeds, attempting to punish him for running through your territory. If you fail, you and your squad are irreparably damaged, with your only recourse being to return the favor.

It's not perfect, but it's just as accurate - and much more exciting - than T-Rex's original observation.

According to the rumormill of the internet, this is one of the new Miami Marlins logos for the 2012 season. There has been no official word from the club on the validity of these claims. Many don't believe the rumor; others seem to think that it might be a potential logo being intentionally leaked by the team to gauge public reaction. If the latter is the case, expect the team to denounce the logo very shortly because public reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. The colors, the stylized Marlin, the weird font choice on the multi-colored "M" - people do not like this.

Personally, I think the concept is interesting - I like the stylized Marlin and the color scheme goes with the new stadium opening next year - but the execution is terrible. We won't know for sure what the club's new logos are until the official unveiling in November, but, if this is one of them, I hope they learn from the public's reaction today. After all, this logo wasn't intended to a bigger laugh than the excellent "Dinosaur Comics".

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Oh lord. The Marlin doesn't bother me. But that "M"....and what's up with the "high school letterman jacket" font of the Marlins team name?

Sep 21, 2011 09:02 AM
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Shaun P.

I'm pretty sure that's a naked attempt to appeal to all of the football fans down in Florida. The white letters and the orange outline reminded me of the Hurricanes more than it did anything else.

I have no explanation for the "M" or the horrible blue-orange-yellow color scheme.

Sadly for us all, Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch has apparently confirmed that the logo is the real deal. http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=6999810

Sep 21, 2011 10:44 AM
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Aaron Moreno

That is the worst Olympics logo I've ever seen.

Sep 21, 2011 09:59 AM
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Kris Ericson

As as Marlins fan since the beginning, through good teal times and bad, I can promise I'll never buy anything with THAT logo on it!

Sep 21, 2011 12:32 PM
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I once interviewed for a job in Ryan North's other company, where he runs a system for selling ad space online. Really nice guy, but I was looking for a higher pay day. worked out well for me, and I think for him. Really interesting guy - very sharp.

Sep 21, 2011 14:19 PM
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Are they really going to be the Miami Marlins? How did I miss that announcement?

Sep 22, 2011 08:44 AM
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I like the marlin, and I don't mind the colors, either, as long as the black is just a background and not the main color any more. We've got way too much black in sports, and for a sunny town like Miami it's all wrong.

The comic strip is a great allusion to ENGLISH AS SHE IS SPOKE - purports to be an educational guide, but mangles the whole idea humorously.

Sep 24, 2011 21:26 PM
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