WHO IS BLASTOSAURUS?
Blastosaurus is a six-foot tall, mutant tricertops who lives in a laundromat. To find out more you'll just have to read the comic.

THE HISTORY OF BLASTOSAURUS
In 2008 Richard Fairgray had an idea (actually in 2008 he had about a thousand ideas, but this one really stuck), he wanted to make an ongoing comic series entirely produced in New Zealand because it really hadn’t been done before. He was cuddling a stuffed dinosaur and a toy ray gun when his friend showed up and demanded he get out of bed and take her for breakfast. When he refused she yanked the covers from him revealing the dino/gun/spooning combo. From that Blastosaurus (though for the first hour he was Gunosaurus) was born.

What followed was a week long brainstorming session of story and character, in an attempt to write a perfect parody of the shows he had loved growing up, but by the end of the week something entirely different had emerged. Blastosaurus could be far more than a parody, it could be a dense, involved, exciting story all on its own.

Richard had already established himself in the comic scene in New Zealand with a series of graphic novels and mini-comics that had all sold very well at conventions and in stores, so no-one was surprised that he was going to be producing something new. What did surprise people was that he wanted to do this as a monthly series. New Zealand had never had a monthly series – they’d had bi-yearly anthologies and books that were released annually, when a convention happened in a creator’s hometown, when a book was finished – but Richard really thought it could be done.

The series ran for two years as a monthly book, written, drawn, formatted and edited by Richard, with Richard handling distribution to stores across New Zealand and parts of Australia as well as to libraries, schools and subscribers. By the end of it, Richard was ready to collapse and it was decided (with pressure from concerned friends) that Blastosaurus should instead be released in collected volumes at conventions. Richard agreed, on the condition that it could go to full color.

In 2016 Richard released the final Blastosaurus collection in New Zealand, wrapping up the story and closing the New Zealand chapter of Blastosaurus.

The reason it had to end in New Zealand was that Richard had hit a wall. He had 207 comics in print, the longest running daily web comic (7 years with no breaks) in New Zealand, another series of graphic novels in the works, a weekly mini comic series and myriad children’s books with different publishers. Richard’s booth at the last comic convention was 60 feet long and 20 feet deep. There was nowhere to go, no more lands to conquer in New Zealand. So he stopped, and brought his idea to America.

This new version of Blastosaurus is no a rehashing of the old, not a reprint of the NZ content, this is a reimagining and a retooling for an American audience. This is for 2 reasons. 1) Richard is now ten years and thousands of pages better at writing and drawing than he was when he started. 2) Richard doesn’t want to wait around while old stuff is released; he wants to create more, better, newer, funnier content right away.

This new version also sees Richard collaborating on the book with Paul Eiding, a voice actor known best for his work on Ben 10, Transformers, Metal Gear Solid and hundreds of other shows and games. Paul’s innate and learned understanding of all ages storytelling brings a fresh and necessary style to what Richard has been doing.