Dogs are a staple in many strips and individual cartoons. I mentioned “The Dog” in the Footrot Flats strip. And the obvious prototype from the continuing cartoons of Stanley and his unnamed dog.
In no particular order, here are some other Dog collections. But first, an awful joke.
Did you hear about the dyslectic agnostic insomniac who lay awake at night pondering the existence of Dog?
Yeah, it was pretty bad. Let us now move on to Fred Basset.
Fred Basset is well known in the UK and Commonwealth countries. I believe I have also seen the strip here in the U.S. What is interesting about this publication is the magazine format that I found in Australia and New Zealand. The publisher, Beaumont Books, has collections of many popular strips. Their layout is usually four daily strips to a page. The size of the book is approximately 8×11 inches, or more accurately, 21×27.5 cm for the rest of the world.
Given that size, the strips are nice and large. For those of us who remember when the comics in the local paper were readable, or for that matter, the paper itself was larger than a shopping insert, reading a Beaumont collection will be a pleasant experience.
Fred’s humans are a married couple, with no children.
According to a Wikipedia article, the original cartoonist passed away some time ago.
Howard Huge is about a, well, huge dog, a St Bernard, to be specific. The cartoons ran in Parade magazine for about twenty years, starting in the early eighties. From the back cover: “He gets up when the little paw is on the seven and the big paw is on the six…The only way to get him off the sofa is to open the refrigerator…” Well, you get the drift.
Wikipedia has more information and a link to an ‘official site.’ I note, however, that while the original cartoonist was Bill Hoest, the Wikipedia article has two other people running the strip.
Grimm, of Mother Goose & Grimm has been around for, it seems, ever.
The strip is drawn by Mike Peters.
While Grimm is not the only character, he plays a prominent part. In 1986, the book in the picture had a tag line thusly:
“The nationally syndicated cartoon strip that exposes what’s really behind ‘Once upon a time’ and ‘Happily ever after.’” That just about sums it up. I think it is instructive that this book features Grimm, on the cover, however ten of the first 24 cartoons do not feature him. Guess he did not have final edit…
However, Mike Peters’ bio page is called grimy.com. ‘Nuff said.
Well, off to the UK. As far as I know, this is the only Patrick Wright collection that I have.
There is an interesting Wiki in the UK with further information.
While we are still in the UK, here is a book I picked up somewhere, but it has dogs, so I put it here.
The strip was drawn by Dennis Collins, and written by Maurice Dodd. The claim to fame for this particular book is the gentleman whose name is displayed prominently on the cover, and with a photo on the back. Aside from that, he has nothing to do with the contents.
OK, so maybe this book really does not belong in strips strictly about dogs, but then neither does Grimm of Mother Goose & Grimm, and now where was I?
Forget it. Just enjoy the book.
Still in the UK, I came across this collection. Actually, it is a collection culled from a collection.
Most of the cartoons are from Punch, and we have already been introduced to a collection from Punch, and I believe this is from that.
Oh, and for a discussion of Punch, see Wikipedia (again).
Well, one more for the UK.
draw this strip.
From the above book: “Pub Dog was born in a saloon bar in Fernhurst, West Sussex, in 1981. The idea hatched that day by artist Graham Allen and writer Arthur Millington was to be the pay off for years of dedicated field research of barmaids, landlords, bores, lifes-and-souls…and pub dogs.
Arthur and Graham each has his own pub dog. Jake, a West Highland Terrier puts up with Graham. Girl, a Jack Russel condescends to have Arthur about the place. Graham comes of a line of landlords. Arthur was born in a pub which his family still runs.”
So, Graham draws and Arthur writes.
Enough for now.
DECEMBER 6, 2012 UPDATE
I came across the following article in my local paper. It would seem that the Sheepdog breed is on the way out, to be replaced by “pocket dogs” whatever that would be. A dog for your pocket? A dog for your pet Pocket Gopher?
Anyway, here is the article.
Who would have thought that my local paper, The Dalles Chronicle, would have run this. On the same page is an article on pain relief, an Astro-Graph (real space filler there), A column on Bridge (see previous notation), and article about British Scouts considering letting atheists join, and ad’s for: Subaru, Snow Tires, a Jeweler store in a town twenty miles away, a public service ad for pet adoption, a concealed carry permit class, and a request to submit interesting photos. I guess if you submit the photos, they don’t have to pay a staff member to take photos.