A loveable pup, a street smart cat, and a magical pig – here is a comic that really grabbed my attention!
A few weeks ago, while daring to look at my ever growing review pile, I came across a comic that really stood out. Beneath the title, A Piggy’s Tale, I saw an adorable cartoon dog. My brain went a bit futzy as I wondered whether I’d lost the ability to differentiate between mammals, and before I knew it I was absorbed in the story. Regular readers will know this is nothing new – I love so many comics, and get terribly enthusiastic about those I like best.
But what really surprised me about A Piggy’s Tale is that my boyfriend leaned over for a better look as he passed my screen, asked if he could read it right then, and sat and devoured the whole preview and said he’d love to read more.
Why is this notable? Because he doesn’t read comics. EVER. I got him to read Watchmen and he preferred the film(!). I caught him reading a random Dredd comic once but that was it. Oh and Nemi, he loves Nemi because he says it’s basically me in comic form. But this one pinged his radar straight away, and he was raving about how much he enjoyed it.
In other words, if you don’t believe me, believe the sceptic!
A Piggy’s Tale then is indeed the story of a dog named Piggy. Rescued as an abandoned pup who was hit by a car, Piggy is a three-legged dog, based on his real life counterpart who was rescued by writer, Tod Emko. But Piggy is no normal dog!
Visited by a magical flying pig, Piggy is bestowed with superpowers – the ability to hear animals in distress, and the ability to fly. Using the calls of help as his motivation to recover from his car accident, Piggy heads out into the night with a brand new plan, and soon meets new friends to help him on his way, and new bad guys to chase down.
Artist Ethan Young (of Tails fame) has done a wonderful job of bringing this vibrant world to life, with fantastic use of colour that really does make the comic stand out – particularly to younger eyes.
But what really seals the deal, from both Emko and Young, is the real heart that has been put into each character. With very little exposition or long screeds of narration or dialogue, these are characters that the reader immediately knows and loves.
The Kickstarter was launched on Monday, and I highly recommend sticking down a pledge – regardless of whether you have kids or not. I don’t, and I want one just for myself.
Okay, I might share with my niece :P
Laura Sneddon is a comics journalist and academic, writing for the mainstream UK press with a particular focus on women and feminism in comics. Currently working on a PhD, do not offend her chair leg of truth; it is wise and terrible. Her writing is indexed at comicbookgrrrl.com and procrastinated upon via @thalestral on Twitter.