Chaffee, Graham. Good Dog.

Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2013.

This a nicely laid-back graphic novel, a good way to relax for an afternoon. Ivan is just a nondescript yellow dog, not that old, not that bright, a stray all his life, and mostly just wishing he had a human to tell him what to do. His strange dreams drive him crazy, and so do those stupid chickens.

He has a few friends, like Kirby, the always-tied-up English bulldog, who doesn’t envy Ivan his freedom of movement because the food is better in his yard. But Ivan mostly just lives paw to mouth. He does have a short-lived adventure as part of a pack, the other members of which try to convince him that life in a free community of other dogs, hunting prey and going where they like, is a superior existence, but they’re not terribly convincing, so Ivan keeps looking for a home.

It’s a quiet, low-key story, told in a thoroughly realistic artistic style. Chaffee does a good job of getting you inside a dog’s head, too. (“I wonder what I’ll do today. Wish I knew.”) A lovely piece of work.

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