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Cartoonist Steve Lafler collects his seminal indy/alternative comic book in one stupendous volume.
Cartoonist Steve Lafler collects his seminal indy/alternative comic book in one stupendous volume.
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From 1983 to 1988, I published 17 issues of a wild comic book called Dog Boy. I started with a seven issue run on my own Cat-Head Comics imprint before producing ten issues with Fantagraphics.

The protagonist was a sunny, optimistic lad who came pre-installed with a large golden retriever head. Dog Boy was given to probing the nature of reality, leftist rants, practical jokes and of course chasing cars.

Dog Boy goes down in a coffee whirlpool
Dog Boy goes down in a coffee whirlpool

I was dedicated to wholly improvising the comic, bringing my freshest inspiration to the page, working furiously for five-years-plus in a classic, robust brush & ink style.

Art from Dog Boy #7 (1987)
Art from Dog Boy #7 (1987)

This July, I am realizing my dream of publishing all of Dog Boy in one volume of just under 500 pages in conjunction with Gerry Giovinco and Bill Cucinotta of CO2. Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy will be introduced with a publishing celebration at the Mercury Cafe in San Francisco the evening of July 25th. I'll be signing books and playing with my country punk band "The Dick Nixon Experience."

The purpose of my Kickstarter campaign is to print a run of both paperback and hardcover editions for the celebration. The book will be available to the general public as a print-on-demand item, but I'll have a stock on hand for July 25th. I'll place any remaining copies with comic book retailers after the event.

Dog Boy takes flight
Dog Boy takes flight

I believe Dog Boy to be one of the seminal comic books from the dawn of the entire alternative/indy comics world. It's exhilarating to finally publish an archival volume of Dog Boy. Thank you very much for your consideration in joining me in this project so close to my heart.

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Many of the rewards are based on drawings and paintings to be created by myself. I've allocated sufficient time to produce these rewards within the time frame indicated.

The Doggie Style book itself will be produced by a printer I've been working with for five years, allowing me to plan for production based on experience and track record.

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    A "thank you" postcard with a signed pen sketch of Dog Boy.

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    A "thank you" postcard with a signed pen & watercolor sketch of Dog Boy.

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    Dog Boy on a black cotton T-Shirt.

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    Signed copy of Dog Boy #1 on the Cat-Head Comics imprint from 1983. There are only three of these rewards available.

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    Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy. 488 pages of spectacular comics & covers reproduced in a handsome volume. Signed and with a sketch by Steve.

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    Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy. Hardcover edition. Almost 500 pages of spectacular comics & covers reproduced in a handsome volume. Signed with a sketch by Steve.

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    Brush & ink drawing of Dog Boy and his side kick Benb by Steve Lafler, 8" x 10" on heavy bristol board.

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    Color acrylic painting of Dog Boy and his side kick Benb by Steve Lafler, 8 x 10" canvas mounted on stretcher bars.

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    Original Dog Boy art by Steve Lafler executed in brush & ink over non-photo blue pencil on bristol board. Choose from ten pages originally published in Dog Boy #7, Steve's favorite issue of the Fantagraphics run of Dog Boy. Shipped insured in a sturdy art tube.

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