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Kevin Moore's Review of Ace Terrier: Book One
Although this series has only just begun, Jonathan Bogart has made a charming addition to the annals of funny animal comics.

By its title I had expected a dog flying a plane, so I was pleasantly surprised to find something much more interesting. Ace is a dog, for sure, but he's an expert plumber living in a boarding house with several other animal characters, all who defy subtly stereotypes we have inherited from past anthropomorphic applications. 

Bogart draws with a pen-and-ink line reminiscent of early 20th Century newspaper comic strips, such as early Mutt & Jeff and Krazy Kat, yet employs more current narrative techniques to give the story breath. Also, unlike those early strips, the strip's humor derives from the tension among individual characters and their personalities. Bogart has a good ear for dialogue, dialect and for speech rhythms, which he exploits well for sharp comic timing.

Ace Terrier establishes himself as a humble and wise soul amidst a cast of interesting characters whom I want to learn more about. But I can wait. I really enjoy Bogart's laid-back style, the casual way he builds a scene and lets the characters interact as people (or talking animals) tend to do. The boarding house setting and Bogart's nostalgic style add to the charm.

So, in sum, y'all should drop by and keep up with this story.

... read it now!




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