The use of animals in space research gets a rather fanciful re-imagining in Spacedog.

The canine hero of this wordless graphic novel is born on a farm, hops a train seeking adventure, ends up lost and homeless in a big city, is briefly taken in by a jazz musician, is captured by the city pound, is handpicked from the pound by a NASA scientist, is blasted into space, becomes a hero celebrity upon his return, and runs away again to live a peaceful dog’s life back in the country.

Unfortunately, most of the anonymous creatures used by NASA during the Space Age didn’t receive such an enviable fate. Nor have most stories of pound seizure ended so happily.

As for the story, Spacedog can be hemmed in by its no-dialogue mandate. Although most of the story is straightforward, in the panels in which humans figure prominently, it can be difficult to see what’s going on.

(review originally appeared at


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    Nov 15, 2011 @ 19:45:23



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