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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Dog’s World

Sex, art, relationships and grocery shopping are explored through the eyes of dogs in Joy Ho’s pitch-black comic, Dogswurld.

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It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Dog’s World

Henry’s girlfriend has broken up with him. He heads to the bar to drown his sorrows alongside his best friend. The two of them end up having sex together on the street. Also, Henry is a dog. This germ of an idea evolved into Dogswurld, a comic collection in five sections written and illustrated by Singapore-born, Baltimore-based artist Joy Ho. “It was a very automatic and thoughtless doodle and when they came to exist on the page I immediately empathised and found myself in all three of the main characters,” Ho said.

Minimalist, darkly funny and experimental in style, Dogswurld explores the human experience through the eyes of canine characters. Citing the work of Charles Bukowski, Albert Camus and Milan Kundera as points of influence, Ho said “Dogswurld plays up on a lot of idealism, and what happens when those ideals go to shambles when they’re not realised, particularly in regard to making art, being in a relationship and what one generally expects from life.”


All artwork courtesy Joy Ho
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ISSUE NINE — BUY NOW

In our Spring issue, there’s much to be in high spirits about. We go behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, a movie fuelled by dopamine, alpha dogs, and a vast crew of artisans and animators. We hang with a pack of trippy-looking poodles created by artist Susumu Kamijo. We find five mutts who changed history by injecting their human counterparts with a good dose of serotonin. There is plenty of oxytocin going around, too. We celebrate Sulek’s photography of rescued Spanish galgos, Jo Longshurst’s abstract twist on pet portraiture, and Ho Hai Tran’s love of stripes and spots. We travel to Berlin, Toronto, London, and upstate New York to meet creative types whose bonds with their four-legged mates are as heartfelt as they are intoxicating. We ask five foodies to fess up about dog snacks and guilty pleasures that feed body and soul, and we embrace illustrator Apolline Muet’s bear hugs between humans and animals.
All this, and more, inside the covers.

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