CM . . .
. Volume XX Number 21. . . .January 31, 2014
In his “Introduction” to Tails Don’t Lie, Raeside explains: “Compiled from ten years of The Other Coast comic strip, Tails Don’t Lie is a collection of cartoons on all things doggy– a sideways look at the shedding, drooling, farting, bed-hogging, hairy contradictions we share our lives with.” This cartoon collection is dedicated “To Koko and Sakura – who have both passed over to the Rainbow Bridge, where I’m sure Sakura is chasing anyone bigger than herself and Koko has found a warm flowerbed to sleep in.” If the term “Rainbow Bridge” seems familiar, that’s because Raeside is also the author of The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise in which a seven-year-old boy copes with the death of his dog, Koko.
Sakura, a Papillon, and Koko, a Border Collie (mixed with some other breeds, evidently), feature in a great many of the cartoons. Most pages contain three full-colour cartoons, with the humour in each cartoon being revealed in one to four panels. Occasionally, a page will have two six-panel cartoons that are used to tell a longer funny “story”. (Think daily newspaper strip vs. longer weekend cartoon strip.) Sometimes Raeside has the dog-related humour being told from the perspective of humans, other times from a dog’s point of view and, in still other cases, from both perspectives.
Dave Jenkinson, CM’s editor, has shared his Winnipeg, MB, home (and couch) with many dogs through the years.
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