In our Issue Six, Michael Gillette’s pack of Omnidogs bounded onto the page. Uncanny and oddly regal, these half-dog, half-celebrities represent the endless possibilities of the alternative multiverse and, also, how the notion of celebrity perpetuates our need for stories. Gillette has contributed to magazines such as Q, The New Yorker, Spin and Mojo, while also turning his artistic hand on posters and albums for Saint Etienne, Elastica, Beck, MGMT, The Beastie Boys, and Paul McCartney.
After finding a box of dog cards from the 1960s in a local Goodwill, Gillette was inspired to give these dogs a new lease of life via reinterpretation. You can find the indignant expression of the faithful Chihuahua reimagined as Amy Winehouse and David Bowie—refrain from puns such as Whinehouse and Bow-wow-ie —or Elvis Presley reimagined into a forlorn looking English bulldog. You can now find Gillette’s pack in place at Luna Rienne Gallery in his hometown of San Francisco. Come by for the special opening night, 6pm until 9pm on March 24. 10% of the opening night sales will be donated to Muttville, a charity that rehomes elderly dogs.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019