In class we had an assignment to talk about a comic we read during our formative years that had a big impact on us. I chose Astro Boy. But while it’s 100 percent true that the works of Tezuka have had a huge influence on me, that’s not exactly the whole story.
I’m not entirely sure what it was about Vartox that intrigued me. Maybe it was just the fact that there weren’t really any other heroes like him. He wasn’t as pure and noble as Superman, or as angsty as Batman, or as funny as Spider-Man. He was just Vartox. Who, I later learned, was modeled after Sean Connery in Zardoz.
What’s that? It’s Dog City, issue number one. That’s the box, and it includes all the comics we’ve been previewing here in the past few weeks, as well as a few we haven’t shown the world yet. We’ll be at the Maine Comics Arts Festival all day today, so if you’re near Portland, Maine, stop by and pick up a copy. If not, keep watching this space—we plan on making Dog City available to order online early next week.