by Arnie Fenner
Tor.com has been featuring a series of essays about dinosaurs over the last few weeks, one of which was about theories regarding the saurian’s sex lives. The article featured some illustrations—like those that follow—depicting dinos in love.
All fine, and good, and perfectly plausible. But I kept thinking about the 1970’s special issue of the fanzine Citadel that revolved around the theme “How Dinosaurs Did It.” Featuring short contributions from writers like Ursula K. LeGuin, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Harlan Ellison, and Robert Bloch (who insisted that “the Triceratops was the horniest”), the issue was profusely illustrated by Jack Unruh, Don Ivan Punchatz, Stan Watts, and Tim Kirk. But my favorite drawing was the one that follows by the late Roger Stine.
It still brings a smile to my face today.
Arnie Fenner has worn a number of hats in his career, sometimes several at once. He was a Senior Artist for Hallmark Cards for 19 years, and for the last 14 has been the Senior Art Director for Andrews McMeel Publishing (part of Universal Press Syndicate).
While working in the corporate world, he has also (as time permitted) been a junior partner in the Jankus/Tiber advertising agency, served as art director for Mark Ziesing Books, been a small press publisher (of both books and magazines), and worked as a freelance illustrator and designer.
Fenner has produced many CD and book covers over the years for titles by everyone from Stephen King to Harlan Ellison to Bob Dylan to R.E.M.; he's received medals from the Society of Illustrators, certificates from Communication Arts, and two World Fantasy Awards. He collaborates with his wife, Cathy Fenner, on a wide variety of art books (including retrospectives devoted to Frank Frazetta, Dave Stevens, and Robert McGinnis among others) and the annual SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
Yabba dabba doo!
I see a book. Reminds me of Dugald Stermer's beautiful book of copulating animals. Gorgeous design with gorgeous illustrations of animals doing gorgeous things. At least I start my day excited thanks to you Arnie.
Wow. Ssooo… are we officially out of subjects here, or what?
I know! It's been like a whole 48 hours since the last in-depth tutorial. Lame!
My wife loves the 2 t-rex's on the bed. Is it possible to get a print of it somewhere?
We saw first in the Museo Jurasico de Asturias