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
    May 30, 2013

    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 ...

  • Emily
    Aug 17, 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Lex
    Feb 09, 2017

    This delightfully penned graphic novel follows the adventures of a lonely stray dog named Ivan who wished for nothing more than a human master to serve. Ivan lives a lonely and hungry life on the stre...

  • Popzara Press
    Feb 28, 2014

    A welcome return for Graham Chaffee, one that should please fans of mainstream and indie comics alike. Dog lovers may wince at some of the cast’s monologues, some less than flattering, and the sharp...

  • Ed
    May 08, 2014

    A stray dog haunted by nightmares wonders what it is like to belong. Part of the magic of this book is the anthropomorphized dog and his thoughts, dreams, and experiences illustrated, but also the tra...

  • Peacegal
    Jun 17, 2013

    3.5 stars -- A graphic novel about a stray mutt, Ivan, trying to make his way in a hostile world. While I loved the idea, the execution was a little spotty. I wasn't quite sure of the purpose of tossi...