Paleo is a webcomic following many different species of dinosaur, taking place during the Late Cretaceous. This depiction is intended to be as historically accurate as possible.
Paleo was published in print from 2001 to 2004 through the Empty Sky imprint at Mirage Studios. It was written and drawn by Jim Lawson, with inks and lettering for some issues by Peter Laird, and covers painted by Michael Dooney. It originally ran for eight issues. We’ll be reprinting all of it, including many, many unpublished pages, on this site over the next few years. This website was assembled and is maintained by Colin Panetta of Mysterious Transmissions.
A word from Jim Lawson:
Sometimes certain comics have an amazing and profound influence on you. Personally speaking, I can without a doubt trace the inspiration for the Paleo comic book series right back to Steve Bissette‘s Tyrant.
I’m fortunate to know Steve personally, and I’ve always admired him as a genuinely fun and knowledgeable guy. However beyond that, his abilities as an artist are exceptional. It’s hard for me to actually come up with someone who has the ability to draw with so much power and emotion– it’s stunning. Combine that with his incredible dinosaur knowledge, both scientifically and pop-culturally, and Bissette almost seems to glow with prehistoric power…
This power was evident in Tyrant, Bissette’s comic series chronicling the life of a T-Rex. In my history of reading comics, only a certain few elevated themselves to what I would describe as having changed me, but that comic was one of those. One story in particular sticks in my brain as illiciting an unusually strong emotional response- in it, a mother (hadrosaur?) is gathering berries in her mouth, in order to return those berries to her waiting, hungry babies. As she is being killed by Tyrant’s mom, all she can think of is those berries, and her young.
When I began my own comic, I didn’t want to do something conventional, like superheroes, for instance. I wanted to write stories like Bissette did. Besides, he showed me what exciting characters dinosaurs could be, with which to base a comic book series around. Not like the mundane creatures that inhabit our present day, these were actual monsters, almost science-fictiony in nature. Besides, ever since I was a kid, I can remember poring over images of dinosaurs and thinking how cool these beasts were. To want to do a comic about them wasn’t hard, Bissette just showed me it was possible.