Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011--Year that Dinosaurs Returned to Mainstream

2011 is shaping up to be the year of the Dinosaur in the media.

First is the continuation of IDW's "Jurassic Park" comic book series with "Devils in the Desert". The art, which is by comic legend John Byrne, is much better than last year's "Redemption" series. "Devils in the Desert" has received at least one very positive review. IDW is also publishing collections of the original TOPPS Jurassic Park comics from the 1990's.

Additionally, this month Image Comics is publishing a one shot comic titled "Tyrannosaurus Rex."

In January Dark Horse Comics released Ricardo Delgado's "Age of Reptiles" Omnibus, which collects all three "Age of Reptiles" series into one collection.

Later this year FOX broadcasting will be releasing "Terra Nova" from Steve Spielberg. It looks a little like "LOST" meets "Jurassic Park" meets "Avatar". It will be interesting to see how much current dinosaur science is incorporated into this show and how much is left to creative license.

The event that many dinosaur fans are looking forward to is the Discovery Channel's "Reign of the Dinosaurs" which involves many of the great dinosaur artists including Ricardo Delgado and David Krentz.

Later this year, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of Archaeopteryx lithographica, Germany is releasing a commemorative Euro coin.
As the above media items are released throughout the year, it will be interesting to see what else is put out there (toys, models, games, books, videos, etc.)

Photo by Casey Tucker--Sauropods escaping from Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Sculpture by Brian Cooley