For January 2016, we picked Teen Dog by Jake Lawrence as our trade of the month. It’s a really great, funny, and inspirational comic about a teen dog and his struggles and journey through life. It’s quite the treat and one of my all time favorites, so I had to get it in the Alliance schedule at one point. (Here’s last month’s announcement with all the info on the trade.)
Review: Teen Dog by Jake Lawrence
High school is tough, man. Even when you’re Teen Dog.
Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his BFF Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it! TEEN DOG is a totally awesome adventure that stars the canine that spun out of Jake Lawrence’s web comic Time Cowboy and kick-flipped his way into our hearts.
I was introduced to Teen Dog by one of my great friends Cazz, who actually helped throw the comic’s release party over at All Star Comics in Melbourne, Australia. Jake Lawrence is an Australian artists whose simple idea has turned into a cult favorite. Teen Dog follows Teen Dog himself as he navigates the up and downs of high school with his best friend, Mariella. Together they take life by the hand and manage not only to make each other’s life that much better, but also to find the fun and joy that life has to offer in our everyday lives.
I found each comic of Teen Dog better than the last, which isn’t something easy to do in the comic world. Each adventure Teen Dog went on made me somehow feel better about myself. I found his life to be so fascinating, clever, and “me.” Yeah, I relate to Teen Dog on a personal level. He’s just that realistic. Jake Lawrence is such a smart writer and artist, you couldn’t help but love everything he brought to the page. Teen Dog may have ended, but it’ll live on in the comic book world as something special and unique for years to come.
So to wrap up my thoughts on the trade for everyone who read along with us: throughout the book, you go on the biggest, but simplest journey with Teen Dog. From his friends to school to crushes, Teen Dog does it all and inspires along the way. He’ll kickflip over the moon and back before he becomes an ordinary person with ordinary ideas. Teen Dog showcases what it means to be different, unique, awkward, weird, and all those amazing definitions. I found myself constantly in awe by how close I felt to Teen Dog while reading. This will forever be one of my favorite comics, but what about you? Did you love it as much as I do? Did it just not sit well with you? Let’s discuss in the comments below or on the Goodreads group right here.
Up Next: Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Now for the February trade announcement! I figured for the month of February, since it is Valentine’s Day and all, we could check out one of the most popular comics, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Okay, they’re just called Scott Pilgrim, but I’m sure you’ve seen or at least heard of the movie. This is the series that the film was based on. It’s by Bryan Lee O’Malley and deals with the character Scott Pilgrim and his future girlfriends’ evil exes. It’s a whole lot of fun and definitely worth the read. It totally fits this months theme of love too, all while being totally rad and kick-butt.
We’ll be reading Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life for this month, so make sure to check out the Goodreads group here, follow us on Twitter, and tag us or use #IgglesComicBookAlliance to discuss it even further. Now get to reading folks because we have some evil exes to destroy!
Are you excited for this month’s trade?