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LOYAL TO THE END

A particularly vivid dream compelled Kent Kobi, a Sydney-based engineer, to write and illustrate his first graphic novel about a good dog named Whiskey.

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LOYAL TO THE END

“The story of Good Dog, Whiskey started with a dream,” explains Kent Kobi. “When I woke up, I was charged up and excited. Paradoxically, I was also unsettled. I was left with a bizarre case of survivor’s remorse for something that never happened.” Kobi’s debut graphic novel tells of an extremely loyal dog called Whiskey, lying broken-hearted by his owner’s grave. When a strange portal opens into the ground, Whiskey ventures cautiously down into the darkness, hoping for the chance to see his missing owner again. Incredibly moving, solemn, and reflective, Whiskey’s story is told using a stark black-and-white, high contrast, photorealistic art style, inspired by the works of Frank Miller. “I was rudderless in terms of voice and style, until I started discovering noir artwork like that within Sin City,” Kobi says. “It gave me the confidence to experiment with this comic in the way I wanted… That being said, the style I’ve chosen seems to be highly polarising, with readers writing to gush about it, or writing to tell me I’m a hack. Both are right.”


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All artwork courtesy of Kent Kobi

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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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