You may remember last year, when I posted a comic I submitted to a local paper’s annual comic strip issue. Here it is, if you missed it. It did not make the cut, so I waited eagerly for this year’s contest. With another year of drawing experience under my belt, and a great heart-tugging idea, I really liked my chances of getting printed this time!
I did not get printed. Again.
For those not local, “Iron Dog” is a statue of a Newfoundland standing guard over the grave site of a 3 year old girl. There are a couple of theories as to why it’s there, but I liked my idea about a dog so loyal to his little girl that he watches over her forever. The fire and flood are local historical events; Richmond burning, and the great flood of 1870.
So, I sent this off to Style Weekly, all excited; it was about a famous Richmond landmark, dogs, and was a touching idea about how loyal dogs are. And I missed the cut. Now, maybe they didn’t want to print a comic that has a poor little sick girl in it, but I think I have more proof about my theory from last year; Style Weekly hates dogs. Maybe the guy who picks them got bit by a dog as a kid. Maybe he stubbed his toe on “Iron Dog”. I don’t know.
But I bet he has cats. Lots of cats.
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