If you grew up with Star Wars in the late 1970s, you read everything you could about the movie, everything about the making of the movie, and everyone related to everyone who made the movie. So everyone knew that Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill was sent one of every item–every toy–that was made as a tie-in for the series. That’s every Kenner toy made for Star Wars, and Hamill mentioned in interviews he didn’t keep these things in their boxes, but let his kids play with them, and we all saw photos of his son Nathan with these toys (or we just dreamed we did). Good luck finding a Star Wars fan that didn’t wish they had that deal. Time moves on, Star Wars had a big lull with a bit of a resurgence thanks to tie-in novels, then Lucas makes the prequels, then Disney buys Star Wars, then Mark Hamill comes back as Luke, and there’s even more Star Wars! Among other things, Nathan Hamill has been creating a web comic strip called 2 Dumb Dinos.
Nathan is now an artist in Los Angeles, and you can check him out at his website here. As of October 15, Nathan will have drawn 150 of strips for his 2 Dumb Dinos series, a project he began with writer Eric Filipkowski in March 2018. Each strip typically is a three to ten-panel situational comedy sequence centered on dinosaur pals Dingus and Scumbag, the Beavis and Butthead of the dinosaur realm, but more philosophical and modern (maybe). You can read all the 2 Dumb Dinos strips online here.
As part of this 150th celebration, two fans of the comic strip, guitar maker Dave Petillo and Stranger Things actor Gaten Matarazzo, got together to create a nostalgia-induced, (brief) theme song and video. Petillo wrote the song, Filipkowski wrote the lyrics, and Matarazzo and his band Work in Progress (Gaten and sibs Sabrina and Carmen) recorded the song. Here’s the recording they posted to YouTube for this New York Comic Con 2021 weekend:
Follow Nathan Hamill’s website for future entries in 2 Dumb Dinos. Matarazzo returns in season 4 of Stranger Things next year. Nathan Hamill and Filipkowski are developing a new animated series called Kitty Ghobo. Actors Jason Ritter (Freddy v Jason, Gravity Falls), Steve Bannos (Freaks and Geeks, Superbad), and Mark Hamill himself have recorded voices for the show.
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