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Comic Review: Cameron and his Dinosaurs (2009)

"How cool would it be if your best friends were real live Dinosaurs?

Professor Poppycock and the evil terror group B.U.R.P.S. are trying to take over the world with giant robot dinosaurs!

Can Cameron and his Dinosaurs save the day?

It's a battle of good and evil.

Robots and Dinosaurs.

Who will win?"


Intro:

I'm going to say this right off of the bat. If you're an older folk who isn't all that interested in comics meant for children or are the type of guy who prefers dark and edgy stuff, I'm going to say right now that this is not the comic for you. Considering the demographic this comic is aimed towards, it's not all that surprising.

Still, didn't stop me from enjoying it if only because it was something different for me to deal with within the past few years. Plus, given the Dinosaurs involved in the story, I figured I'd give it a try since it was better than nothing else to do for a day.

The Story:

So the story begins with a guy named Professor P. Poppycock revealing his four magnificent creations; four (three) Dinosaurs which he calls Lizzy (Triceratops), Dee Dee (Pterodactyl), Charlie (Tyrannosaurus rex), and Vinnie (Brachiosaurus). When the Dinosaurs learn of the professor's intentions, all four simply up and leave since none of them want to do evil.

During school, we meet Cameron, a wheelchair bounded 11 year old who begins his introduction with a report on Dinosaurs, and the next day, the class is scheduled for a field trip to a fossil dig site. At the dig site, while Cameron is taking pictures, he bumps into the four Dinosaurs and is initially scared by them (which becomes a running gag for a brief while every time they're introduced to a new human character, something Vinnie lampshades). When he learns they're friendly, he's brought into a series of events that brings him and his Dinosaur friends to Area 52 where the Dinosaurs will be living and Cameron visits them.

Before this, the Professor is interrogated by his investors since they still need to have something capable of pulling off their plan of kidnapping the president. As a result, they give the professor three weeks to come up with something to replace the missing Dinosaurs. As we'll see later, he creates robotic Dinosaurs that lack free will; Pteranodon, Ankylosaurus, Spinosaurus, and six Velociraptors.

While the three weeks pass, Cameron and the Dinosaurs don't seem far too much different from each other, and the Dinosaurs are basically living semi-human lifestyles, such as playing video games, sports, and watching television. There's a little joke about Charlie being a carnivore and needing food, which results in him getting a bunch of Hamburgers as his favorite food. Oddly enough, like Land Before Time, the Pterosaur is depicted as an herbivore which is technically impossible for a flying animal that huge due to how the type of food digests for such animals to be able to fly. Eh, whatever, the Dinosaurs and Cameron all become very close friends, and Cameron even gets a rocket powered wheelchair to replace his original one he had.

As three weeks pass, the Dinosaurs want to appear on a talk show they've frequently been watching prior to this, and they appear on the show as you'd expect. Cameron is prompted to enter onto stage... when the Robots begin their attack. The Professor holds the host and Cameron hostage on the roof of the building, and the robot Dinosaurs surprisingly hold their own very well against human military units. However, it's clear Professor Poppycock forgot his mission, and thus the leader of B.U.R.P.S. hijacks control of the Robots from him, and the six Raptors run at 120 MPH speeds towards the president's location. Initially, the Dinosaurs don't take part in the battle until Vinnie offers to help them out. Vinnie and Charlie both double team the Spinosaurus, Lizzy takes on the Ankylosaurus, and Dee Dee takes out the Pteranodon.

Meanwhile, the professor is taken into custody once he's defenseless, and ends up giving Cameron a remote that'll deactivate the Raptors due to being bumped on the head earlier and not thinking straight. Cameron zooms off on his rocket chair, and uses a special input to catch up with the Raptors and the president. Cameron, surprisingly, manages to successfully disarm five of the Raptors, but the final one proves a little too tough. Luckily, by this point, the heroic Dinosaurs had wrecked their evil counterparts, and arrive just in time to save Cameron and the president from the final Raptor.

With the day saved, Cameron and the four Dinosaurs are back at Area 52 watching the show from before as they hear about the praise all five of them are getting for saving the president, and thus concludes the story.

My Thoughts:

I thought the comic did good in what it was promising on the back of the cover. An evil organization with a bunch of robotic Dinosaurs versus heroic Dinosaurs lead by a wheelchair bounded kid. It delivered just that... but sadly not much else. I kind of wish they expanded more on certain things in the comic, since to be honest, Cameron, his Dinosaurs, or the Professor completely stole the show from just about everyone else involved in the comic. Not enough fleshing out of the side characters was done to really make the world feel more alive than it was already.

To be fair, given the demographic of this comic, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't intend on such things to begin with. I mean, there's already a good sizable amount of pages in this comic, to the point I was surprised with how huge the actual book was for the comic. I really wish I could give a full character analysis for everyone involved in the story, but really, there sadly isn't much to write home about. Not that it'll stop me from a planned fanfic I have involving these characters, but still, it's kind of sad when the official material lacks much in regards to character development.

I'm sorry if I keep saying this, but I REALLY wanted to see much more from the entire premise than what I actually got to read. That would've made things much more interesting for me. Although, to be fair, had I read this comic came out around the time I was in 5th Grade, I would've had absolutely no issues with it if I got the chance to read it then. Still, to give credit where credit is due, the story at least delivers what it promised in the form of Dinosaurs VS Robots in a bout between good and evil.

Final Score:

I'll rate this comic a 7/10. 2 for the lovely cartoon artstyle they went with, 3 for the premise alone, and 2 for what laughs I did manage to get out of the comic while reading it. Overall, not bad, but most definitely not perfect either. However, I'd perfectly recommend the comic to any younger readers who are interested in Dinosaurs. They'd love it for sure, but I doubt that any older readers would benefit from reading this comic by any means.
Comic Review: Cameron and his Dinosaurs (2009)
So, after drawing fanart of the four (three) Dinosaurs that star in the comic, what all did I have to say regarding this comic now that I've actually read it? Eh, not much, but I recommend reading above for my actual thoughts since I'm not in the mood for repeating myself.
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Cameron's Dinosaurs by Chronicle-King
Cameron's Dinosaurs
Compilation of the four (three) Dinosaurs from the comic "Cameron and his Dinosaurs". Oddly enough, Vinnie (Brachiosaurus) wound up being larger than he actually is, and Dee Dee (Pteranodon/Pterodactyl) is larger than he/she should be. Charlie (Tyrannosaurus rex) is a tad too small here, but not by much, and I believe Lizzy (Triceratops) is also a bit too small but in the same sense as Charlie. Either way, I'm glad I was able to make fanart for these four. Who knows, I'll probably do some fanart of Cameron himself once I get a much clearer reference for him since, ya know, he's the lead human protagonist in the comic after all.
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Dee Dee (Cameron and his Dinosaurs) by Chronicle-King
Dee Dee (Cameron and his Dinosaurs)
I have to legitimately question what this comic was trying to be once I saw Dee Dee in more clearer frame in the preview, as this comic was made in 2009, and yet the design (and naming) resembles what you'd expect Pteranodon to look like in an 80s or 90s comic provided scientific accuracy was not something they'd be going for. Maybe it's the Wyvern-like tail they decided to give Dee Dee, and the fact they refer to Dee Dee as a Pterodactyl instead of a Pteranodon. Pterodactylus, the actual Pterosaur from which the name originates from, is not only pathetically tiny in comparison to Pteranodon, but also lacks a head crest entirely. At least, that is, lacks one that is similar to Pteranodon's. I mean I can forgive the fact that Pteranodon has legs more akin to what it was thought to be in regards to depiction, but even then I'm questioning it at the same time. WHEN did we have the actual leg build type for Pterosaurs figured out anyways? Especially for the larger species?
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Lizzy (Cameron and his Dinosaurs) by Chronicle-King
Lizzy (Cameron and his Dinosaurs)
I had TRIED to upload this last night, but apparently DA was acting haywire for just about everyone and I couldn't upload it immediately after I was done with it. I still need to work on finishing Dee Dee (The Pteranodon/Pterodactyl), but here's my issue with Dee Dee; I cannot draw Pterosaurs for the life of me. Pterosaurs and flying animals in general I cannot draw as easily as I can ground or aquatic animals, and the only ones I've came remotely close to successfully drawing are Dragons or other types of Draconids.

Enough about Dee Dee for the moment (or, actually, keep that in mind), since regarding the four Dinosaurs in the comic, only Charlie I can clearly tell is a male from his name alone. The other three all have names that sound a bit feminine to me, and it does NOT help that Lizzy's name is shared with that of the mutant Dinosaur from the classic Rampage arcade game (who is indeed female), so again, until I actually get a hold of the comic from the library, I won't know the genders of them aside from Charlie, and even then, I wouldn't be surprised if Charlie was indeed a female T. rex, or if all of them were female, male, an even split of both, or something else altogether.

...Still though, am I the only one surprised by the fact a Triceratops is meant to serve as a Tactician of the group? I mean the fact the Triceratops is about defensive skills in general I understand... but smart enough to be a tactician? Then again, ALL of them can in fact talk, so I shouldn't be that surprised. It's just I don't believe Triceratops was the smartest of the Dinosaurs that have existed is all...
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Great, I wanna upload the last half of pics I did, but apparently DA keeps trying to forcefully log me out each time I click on submit.
Comic Review: Cameron and his Dinosaurs (2009)

"How cool would it be if your best friends were real live Dinosaurs?

Professor Poppycock and the evil terror group B.U.R.P.S. are trying to take over the world with giant robot dinosaurs!

Can Cameron and his Dinosaurs save the day?

It's a battle of good and evil.

Robots and Dinosaurs.

Who will win?"


Intro:

I'm going to say this right off of the bat. If you're an older folk who isn't all that interested in comics meant for children or are the type of guy who prefers dark and edgy stuff, I'm going to say right now that this is not the comic for you. Considering the demographic this comic is aimed towards, it's not all that surprising.

Still, didn't stop me from enjoying it if only because it was something different for me to deal with within the past few years. Plus, given the Dinosaurs involved in the story, I figured I'd give it a try since it was better than nothing else to do for a day.

The Story:

So the story begins with a guy named Professor P. Poppycock revealing his four magnificent creations; four (three) Dinosaurs which he calls Lizzy (Triceratops), Dee Dee (Pterodactyl), Charlie (Tyrannosaurus rex), and Vinnie (Brachiosaurus). When the Dinosaurs learn of the professor's intentions, all four simply up and leave since none of them want to do evil.

During school, we meet Cameron, a wheelchair bounded 11 year old who begins his introduction with a report on Dinosaurs, and the next day, the class is scheduled for a field trip to a fossil dig site. At the dig site, while Cameron is taking pictures, he bumps into the four Dinosaurs and is initially scared by them (which becomes a running gag for a brief while every time they're introduced to a new human character, something Vinnie lampshades). When he learns they're friendly, he's brought into a series of events that brings him and his Dinosaur friends to Area 52 where the Dinosaurs will be living and Cameron visits them.

Before this, the Professor is interrogated by his investors since they still need to have something capable of pulling off their plan of kidnapping the president. As a result, they give the professor three weeks to come up with something to replace the missing Dinosaurs. As we'll see later, he creates robotic Dinosaurs that lack free will; Pteranodon, Ankylosaurus, Spinosaurus, and six Velociraptors.

While the three weeks pass, Cameron and the Dinosaurs don't seem far too much different from each other, and the Dinosaurs are basically living semi-human lifestyles, such as playing video games, sports, and watching television. There's a little joke about Charlie being a carnivore and needing food, which results in him getting a bunch of Hamburgers as his favorite food. Oddly enough, like Land Before Time, the Pterosaur is depicted as an herbivore which is technically impossible for a flying animal that huge due to how the type of food digests for such animals to be able to fly. Eh, whatever, the Dinosaurs and Cameron all become very close friends, and Cameron even gets a rocket powered wheelchair to replace his original one he had.

As three weeks pass, the Dinosaurs want to appear on a talk show they've frequently been watching prior to this, and they appear on the show as you'd expect. Cameron is prompted to enter onto stage... when the Robots begin their attack. The Professor holds the host and Cameron hostage on the roof of the building, and the robot Dinosaurs surprisingly hold their own very well against human military units. However, it's clear Professor Poppycock forgot his mission, and thus the leader of B.U.R.P.S. hijacks control of the Robots from him, and the six Raptors run at 120 MPH speeds towards the president's location. Initially, the Dinosaurs don't take part in the battle until Vinnie offers to help them out. Vinnie and Charlie both double team the Spinosaurus, Lizzy takes on the Ankylosaurus, and Dee Dee takes out the Pteranodon.

Meanwhile, the professor is taken into custody once he's defenseless, and ends up giving Cameron a remote that'll deactivate the Raptors due to being bumped on the head earlier and not thinking straight. Cameron zooms off on his rocket chair, and uses a special input to catch up with the Raptors and the president. Cameron, surprisingly, manages to successfully disarm five of the Raptors, but the final one proves a little too tough. Luckily, by this point, the heroic Dinosaurs had wrecked their evil counterparts, and arrive just in time to save Cameron and the president from the final Raptor.

With the day saved, Cameron and the four Dinosaurs are back at Area 52 watching the show from before as they hear about the praise all five of them are getting for saving the president, and thus concludes the story.

My Thoughts:

I thought the comic did good in what it was promising on the back of the cover. An evil organization with a bunch of robotic Dinosaurs versus heroic Dinosaurs lead by a wheelchair bounded kid. It delivered just that... but sadly not much else. I kind of wish they expanded more on certain things in the comic, since to be honest, Cameron, his Dinosaurs, or the Professor completely stole the show from just about everyone else involved in the comic. Not enough fleshing out of the side characters was done to really make the world feel more alive than it was already.

To be fair, given the demographic of this comic, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't intend on such things to begin with. I mean, there's already a good sizable amount of pages in this comic, to the point I was surprised with how huge the actual book was for the comic. I really wish I could give a full character analysis for everyone involved in the story, but really, there sadly isn't much to write home about. Not that it'll stop me from a planned fanfic I have involving these characters, but still, it's kind of sad when the official material lacks much in regards to character development.

I'm sorry if I keep saying this, but I REALLY wanted to see much more from the entire premise than what I actually got to read. That would've made things much more interesting for me. Although, to be fair, had I read this comic came out around the time I was in 5th Grade, I would've had absolutely no issues with it if I got the chance to read it then. Still, to give credit where credit is due, the story at least delivers what it promised in the form of Dinosaurs VS Robots in a bout between good and evil.

Final Score:

I'll rate this comic a 7/10. 2 for the lovely cartoon artstyle they went with, 3 for the premise alone, and 2 for what laughs I did manage to get out of the comic while reading it. Overall, not bad, but most definitely not perfect either. However, I'd perfectly recommend the comic to any younger readers who are interested in Dinosaurs. They'd love it for sure, but I doubt that any older readers would benefit from reading this comic by any means.

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Marty Mollohan
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Six years... Six... Long... Hellish years...

It's been SOOO long since I first joined DeviantArt. More than a quarter of my life on here, and I felt like I haven't made much of an improvement from since I first began here on May 23rd of 2009. Hell, even with my current art practices and my usage of Gimp slowly increasing, I'm still nowhere near the level of my long time idol, :iconkaijusamurai:, and I highly doubt I ever will be anywhere near the godhood he stands at, or, at least, the godhood I view him as being at.

Indeed, many other famous deviants had entered my life since the beginning, and now that my favorites go on for nearly 1,000 pages and more, I feel as if everybody else around me had accomplished everything, whereas I had accomplished nothing. Why do I feel that way? Regardless of the kind of improvements I make with my current artwork, everyone seems to take more notice of my older works that I did back in the 2009 and 2010 days, but people need to understand... those days for me are over. I ain't going to look back.

A wise man once said "Keep moving forward", and when I say a wise man, I mean a VERY wise man indeed. Ever since my reveal of The Blue Tri's existence, a concept I had in mind since as early as the early 2000s but never got to fully realize into just about anything until December of 2014, I feel like I've finally managed to put my time and effort into something that I truly believe is worthy of working on, since I had waited far too long for this comic to be finally realized.

I first started to test with my Nuzlocke Comic series, which was surprisingly good according to many of my watchers and onlookers. I start my first non-Nuzlocke fan comic called Digimon Classic about several months later, and I finally learn to admit my own failures, even if I didn't initially show it at the time. :iconh-box:, you had every reason to say I behaved like a jackass with how I initially responded to you when I first began uploading Digimon Classic, and I have to sincerely thank you for your current, single comment of praise you had given me when I started the fan comic Bomberman Classic, and I really feel honored to see someone who had criticized in a way that broke my spirits give me the small amount of praise I asked for from the beginning.

Digimon Classic, a colossal failure with how I decided to start it off, was my intention of making a long lasting comic.
Bomberman Classic, a comic I barely even had much motivation to work on and did it solely on boredom, was one comic I actually considered canning until you made that all worthwhile comment on the latest page.

I have learned many things over the six years on DeviantArt, and of the many things I have learned... Times change... Times can certainly change... For the better... Or for the worse... Whichever happens is only up for you to decide, and it's up to you to ensure the future you desire becomes a reality.

Current Residence: Ohio, United States.
Favourite genre of music: Video Game, Orchestral, Overal Epicness.
Favourite artist: :iconkaijusamurai: has sure really ascended to even further godhood over the years hasn't he?
Favourite style of art: Anime in some cases, though I do prefer 3D Modeling given how complex that stuff is to work with.
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: My PSP, which is pretty much currently it's only major use other than for Final Fantasy I and II's 20th Anniversary remakes.
Shell of choice: Bowser's big shell if anything, either that or whatever tech Blastoise has hiding in it's shell.
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever fits the mood.
Favorite animal: Bears in general
Favorite live action character: Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim.
Favorite cartoon character: Mordecai from Regular Show.
Favorite anime character: Kazuma/King Kazma from Summer Wars.
Favorite video game character: Emboar from Pokemon.
Favorite live action villain: Lord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Favorite cartoon villain: Beast Wars Megatron from Transformers: Beast Wars. Yesssssss...
Favorite anime villain: Frieza from Dragonball Z.
Favorite video game villain: Bowser from Mario. He always has this natural charm as a villain or playable character that it deems it impossible for me to find any other favorite villain for this category.
Favorite cartoon shipping: Jerlita. I know for a fact Jeremie and Aelita were the ones to make me into the hopeless romantic I am now.
Favorite anime shipping: It's a complete tie between the Canon Sorata, or the fan preferred Taiora. Both have their ups and downs in the fanart I see that I can't possibly chose one over the other.
Favorite Video Game Ship: Ikki and Erika of Medabots. What, you didn't know Medabots was a game franchise to begin with? Then get lost before I Ultrashot yo ass onto the freakin streets.
Favorite Quote: "My name is Reggie. I'm about kickin' ass, I'm about takin' names, and we're about makin' games."
Favorite summoning enchant: EVERY summon from Bayonetta ever. EVER. The pain that follows never gets old. Never.
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-Bowser-The-King (DeviantArt from 5/23/2009 until 1/8/2015)
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-Shiramu-Kuromu (Wikia)
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