Yesterday I lost one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever had in life, my sweet little pug, Pooj. Since that first moment his fat little puppy face looked into mine, we were bonded in life. Not a day passed that we weren’t together, he was more a child to me than a pet, and he always found a way to make me laugh. As a young dog, we went everywhere together, his difficulty breathing and his tendency to overheat in hot Texas summers didn’t stop him from wanting to be wherever I was, inside or outside. He loved to have his belly rubbed, he liked baths, and adored being brushed. And he was smart, too, only had to tell him once and he got it. Never chewed my shoes, never sorted through the garbage, never gnawed on furniture, or barked non-stop when I was away. As he grew older, he had a stately way of carrying himself with his barrel chest and curled tail covered in gray. He got slower and breathing became more difficult for him, so our walks became shorter and shorter, but he never lost his enthusiasm and always gave everything in his path a right good sniff.
The last few months were not his most active, he struggled at times to catch his breath after our walks, and his stamina wasn’t the best, but his little curled tail would always wag, and that twinkle in his eyes never went away.
Last night, he seemed disoriented and couldn’t seem to keep his balance, so I put him on the bed so he could settle a bit, and he took a large breathe and passed away. I’m not ashamed to admit I wailed when he took his last breath in my arms, this little blessing who has been beside me through numerous life struggles and hardships, always happy to see me, always ready with a sloppy kiss. He has always been the one, pure love that never needed words, that was always there for me.
I buried him under a big tree by a stream, a beautiful place for my little monster who snored louder than I did, who drizzled water all through the house, always wanted to get me up an hour before the alarm, who had an unlimited supply of sloppy wet kisses, who never cared if I needed a haircut or new shoes or a shower, who was just happy to be a part of my life. I can’t put into words the feeling of loss I have right now.
Many of you may know that Pooj was the inspiration for Zombie Boy’s pet Gorr, and I can say in many ways he IS Pooj. At the moment, I’m having a hard time dealing with the loss, but I know in my heart that Poojie will always live with me and continue to inspire me through the strip.
Finally wrapping up the last few remaining pledge packages for my Zombie Boy Comics Vol. 1: Some Kind of Horrible Kickstarter, and I thought I’d send along a photo showing you the devastation it wreaked upon my studio space. Most all of the pledges have been filled, I’m just tying up all the loose ends now. It’s amazing I was able to get anything done in a mess like this, isn’t it?
Ain’t this grand? Presented to me by the fabulous cartoonist Luke P., this amazing illustration of Zombie Boy just sparkles in glorious black and white tones! Luke is the creator of Homeworld, which he describes as “a strip about loneliness, idiocy and enwonderment.”
His bold line work and succulent screen tones are rooted in a good, firm foundation of top notch drawing, and inspired by classic comics strips such as Peanuts, Krazy Kat, and Alley Oop. Check out his blog, and look for the release of his upcoming longer form Homeworld tale here.
Follow Luke on Twitter: @LukePski
Award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist, Joe Gillespie illustrated this gem for me when I was promoting my Kickstarter. Joe is the creator of Lil’ Yellow, and Night Ninja (along with his co-creator, writer and son, William), which you can see here. See Joe’s excellent design work here.
Follow Joe on Twitter: @4545creative
Here’s a special treat from my brother like no other, Drewvis, world-renowned musician and artist unparalleled! Drewvis is a creative wunderkind, he writes and performs his own music (you can hear some of his music here), he’s an incredibly original artist (see his art here), and a multimedia producer, specializing in graphic design and illustration. This delightful pixelated Zombie Boy is a joy, so fun to look at! Can’t you just see him throwing skull bombs in his own video game? Thanks, Drewvis!
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