Hey, it’s the first appearance of Dina.  She wouldn’t appear again for quite a while, nor would her being a student at Indiana University along with Joyce and the others ever be mentioned again.

She was created when some online biologist friends of mine were all “hey you should have a character who’s a cute girl and totally into dinosaurs.”  And I was all “yes, that sounds like the best thing ever.”  So I drew her up and eventually she worked her way into the comic.  At first she was basically Mary in a hat.  Dina being of Japanese descent and having socialization problems came later.