Conklin Knows About Dogs
Before I get to the comic, I wanted to relay to you the mission statement of the publisher, Killing the Buddha, because it’s fascinating: “…an online magazine of religion and culture for people made anxious by churches, people embarrassed to be caught in the “spirituality” section of a bookstore, people both hostile and drawn to talk of God.” As someone who has had a lifetime to work up a healthy distrust of organized religion of all stripes (definitely in the “hostile” camp), I approve, and the site looks like a nice assortment of interesting topics.
And then, on to the pamphlet itself:
it’s the simply told story of a woman (Lydia) who, after an awful break-up in college, decided that she wanted to get exactly one kind of dog to fill the hole in her life. The dog would look at her a certain way, go on trips with her, hold her at night, all the things a missing significant other wouldn’t be there to do. This quest of hers didn’t go exactly as planned, as the dog she got was a danger to everyone around her, but she eventually moved to New York and has seemed to make a habit of rescuing all sorts of dogs, considering it a win if she’s able to stave off execution of these animals even for a little while. [… W]hen I said earlier that it was a simply told story I didn’t mean that it was simplistic. Granted, backgrounds are sparse, but she captures a lot in facial expressions or the sudden acts of dog violence.
Our favorite line, taken out of context:
I’d say she qualifies as being an expert on dogs.
We would too. Buy The Living Cain today.