Dog Biscuits

Fantagraphics. Jun. 2022. 416p. ISBN 9781683965527. $34.99. Graphic Novels
A love triangle in Seattle over the summer of 2020 reveals the intersection and impact of social media, woke culture, art, commerce, politics, and gender and class dynamics in this complete collection of author and illustrator Graham’s Cartoonist Studio Prize Award–winning webcomic. (Graham also previously self-published the webcomic in a print-on-demand edition in 2021.) After giving up on the artistic aspirations of his youth to run a gourmet dog biscuit bakery, a middle-aged man named Gussy finds himself on the verge of bankruptcy. He’s infatuated with Rosie, a twenty-something determined to live according to her principles, once she figures out what they actually are, who is equally enamored with Gussy and her housemate Hissy, the activist son of a major celebrity. With COVID surging, the economy cratering, and clashes between protestors and police threatening to turn the city into a battleground, Graham highlights the disparity between her cast’s private lives and public personas to evoke how psychological, emotional, and cultural factors combine to compel human behavior.
VERDICT Graham (Cosmic Be-Ing; This Never Happened) has created an occasionally scathing yet perceptive portrait of an especially fraught period in American history.
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