The tabloid adventures of a Bad Dog

Published On December 23, 2010 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

Bad Dog

By Gary Northfield

Molly saw this and immediately wanted to read it – knowing it was by Gary Northfield, the artist who did Derek The Sheep, something she’s been a fan of for a long time.

Que me having to explain it to her that, although it’s Northfield in style, it’s a very different type of Gary Northfield inside.

I should have saved myself the time and explanation and simply shown her the very first few panels on that first page instead:

Yep, that does the trick. I think that gives you an idea of what level we’re on with Bad Dog.

Northfield’s done this deliberately roughly, his line wildly loose, his panels rough, his layouts all over the place, lots of lovely white space on the page – and since it’s a tabloid newspaper format there’s a lot of space to play around with.

It’s a wild series of strips, some  a couple of panels, some a couple of pages of interconnecting themes. And all the while, whether Sidney the dog losing his favourite chew toy, succumbing to an insatiable need to late night snack on the pet goldfish or some very strange dreams…. Northfield paints a picture of a bad dog, a very bad dog indeed:

Bad Dog is another collection of strips published in tabloid newspaper format, from those lovely people at The Newspaper Club. It joins Paper Science and The Comix Reader in this format.

And it’s a format that’s really got a lot going for it; relatively cheap to make and it gives the whole comic a real tactile experience and much more of an event than one of those little 22 page US comic pamphlets could ever be.

Northfield’s Bad Dog is a lot of fun, and you get the idea he had a lot of fun putting it together. But when I finished it I found myself thinking that perhaps it’s not Sidney’s fault – maybe he’s just drawn that way. It’s that Gary Northfield I blame. Bad Gary.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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