Crust Dog #3by Anthony Sorge
40 pages at half-letter size
I don’t usually write about comics here, though when I recently compiled a list of zines I’ve reviewed, sorted by genre, I realized I’ve written about more comics than I’d thought. However, sometimes a thing is just really great, and this is true of Crust Dog. I am a little behind the times, as Crust Dog is now up to Issue #4.
Crust Dog #4 tells the tale of a pup who leaves its home in the suburbs and comes and finds to find its now-grown-up owner, who is now living in a punk house, dealing with rowdy roommates and a disappointing romance.
I opened Crust Dog expecting a silly comic, and I don’t want to give the story away, but that’s not what this is. Though Sorge’s art is appealingly simple and cartoony, the story is tremendously poignant. This issue also touches on the, regrettably, ever-topical problem of police raids on activists: Sorge writes that he was inspired in this by the cases of Matt Duran and Lea Plante.
If you buy this comic, you will get some funny pictures of dogs, and you will get a hell of a lot more than that too. I was really surprised and impressed by this one, I think you will be too.
- Lily Pepper