Many many years ago, when I was just a lad, I use to draw a comic strip called "Dog's Life" which I hope to be a hit like Garfield or Peanuts. I worked on several strips and one day in 1986 when I was only 18 I decided to take a chance and try to publish my comic. At one publishing house they told me "You know, your drawings look a lot like animation drawings" because I did construction and tried to get it as solid as possible. So the guy gave me an address of a small animation company who was doing a pilot for Hanna Barbera. That's how I fell into animation. I put that comic strip aside and embarked into the animation industry and like they say, the rest is history.
But I never forgot about that comic strip which I always considered my first love. At one point after Fox closed in 2000 I went to the Arizona Republic Newspaper and although they liked it, they said I had to be syndicated. Animation worked started coming in again and onto the shelf went my comic strip.
But now, after 30 years since I created Dog's Life, I decided to resurrected it and work on it again, but now I have more experience, I can draw way better and I have the technology to do it faster.
Original drawing redesigned in 1986
Now, Stik is the main character and I made sure to give each one a strong personality and a background and that make easier to create the comic strips. I will probably change a couple of the names but I will redesign the characters keeping close to the essence of the original designs. They are copyrighted and I have all the original strips I did and hopefully I can still get syndication and publish them or maybe someone will see the potential of a TV series (I can dream, can't I?)
So stay tuned and I will keep you guys updated.
"It's a Dog's Life and it's a great one!"