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Graham Chaffee

Good Dog

On sale date: June 15, 2013

Graham Chaffee returns to comics and uses a simple, charming story about a stray dog to examine larger issues.

Good Dog marks the welcome return of alternative cartoonist Graham Chaffee, who, after his successful 2003 collection of short stories, The Most Important Thing and other Stories, took a detour to devote himself to the art of tattooing, before charging back with his new, beautifully conceived graphic novel. Ivan, who is plagued by terrible nightmares about chickens and rabbits, is a good dog—if only someone would notice. Readers accompany the stray as he navigates dog society, weathers pack politics, and surveys canine-human interactions. Good Dog’s story and pen-and-ink art are deceptively simple, but Chaffee uses the approachability of the subject matter as a device to explore topics such as independence, security, assimilation, loyalty, and violence. Preteen-and-up dog fanciers, especially, will warm to the well-meaning Ivan and his exploits with a motley assortment of Scotties, Bulldogs, and mutts. Chaffee combines illustrative gravitas with cartooning verve and creates a richly textured, dog’s-eye view of the world. The story is a rousing Jack Londonesque adventure as well as a moral parable.

Praise

"Artist/writer Graham Chaffee wrote a solid book about a stray dog who only wants what every dog wants -- a good family. He hooks up with some bad pups along the way and has some adventures, but ultimately has to choose how he wants to spend the rest of his life. The ending is at once sad but filled with hope." — Michael Sangiacomo - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Specs

Pages
80
Format
Hardback
Color
Black and white.
Dimensions
8.3" × 10.3"
ISBN-13
9781606996362
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