Good Dog
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Good Dog

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.

Title:Good Dog
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:80 pages

    Good Dog Reviews

  • karen
    Dec 20, 2014

    awww, connor bought me a present!!and it is a present that came with a sidecar present for early-orderers! and connor doesn't even like dogs!so, first, there is bad dog. which is just a free little mi...

  • David Schaafsma
    Apr 30, 2015

    The artwork in this book makes it look appropriate to be a winner of a Will Eisner Award, as it looks like it owes something to Eisner's work. Feels like old comics. Has a touch of nostalgic heart to ...

  • Dov Zeller
    Oct 14, 2016

    I wanted to love this one but in the end, though there were some stellar moments and some great art, I was annoyed by the anthropomorphized longing for a human owner. The strange moralizing (it is eth...

  • Emily
    Aug 18, 2013

    If you love dogs and you love graphic novels, pick this up. Told from the point of view of a stray dog named Ivan, the author packs a lot of thought, empathy and humor into a book that only takes abou...

  • Adam
    Jul 21, 2013

    cute story dogifying the existential angst of sucky tradeoffs between loneliness and brutal society. But only three starred because not really that memorable and I don't think I'll be thinking about i...

  • Bjornv
    Dec 11, 2013

    Great straight-forward read for dog lovers. Going to give it to my 12-year-old nephew....

  • Gonzalo Oyanedel
    Nov 28, 2016

    Iván, un perro callejero, deambula por el pueblo visitando amigos y preguntándose por los extraños sueños que tiene, mientras se cuestiona a nivel existencial sobre su lugar y propósito en la vid...

  • Sassafras Lowrey
    Nov 21, 2016

    I wanted to love this book but only found it moderately good. i HATE that the dog dies (i almost always refuse to read books where that happens) and overall I just didn't feel the plot. in fairness i ...

  • Romeo
    Nov 17, 2016

    awesome book...

  • Hollowspine
    Jul 28, 2014

    An interesting look through dog POV, a dog's homelessness, more or less invisible? The dog expressions were wonderful, expressive without losing their doggy aspects. The story follows Ivan a dog who w...