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21 June 2021

Puchi Award Winner 2021

In its fifth edition, from among around 1100 projects received in open call, a jury consisting of the poet Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, the writer Ana Llurba and the publishers Carlos Copertone (Caniche Editorial) and César Sánchez (Fulgencio Pimentel) decided to award the work Dog Biscuits, by Alex Graham.

PUCHI AWARD is a project by La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel that aims to reward the most brilliant and innovative book proposals in any genre or form, focusing on their boldness and their links with the different languages of the present.

Dog Biscuits, by Alex Graham

Dog Biscuits, by Alex Graham is an extensive graphic novel that explores with humour and drama the labour, moral and sentimental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the main characters of a love triangle. Set in Seattle and serialised on Instagram in near real-time, Dog Biscuits was itself affected by readers interaction, suffering the vicissitudes of the evangelistic pressure from social media, while pushing the boundaries of what we know as "tragicomedy" to ultimately deliver a condensation of stylisation, spontaneity and emotion worthy of these unpredictable times.

Synopsis

July 2020, Seattle. Gussy struggles to keep his dog biscuit boutique afloat while a global pandemic rages unchecked. The loneliness of lockdown and social distancing drives his employee Rosie to betray her principles. Rosie’s roommate Hissy is at a personal crossroads. A love triangle emerges as they find themselves tangled in a web of police brutality, protests, drugs, dating apps and COVID chaos. Taking place over the course of just a few days, this is a familiar snapshot of humanity—okay, animals—in crisis. Why is this one the comics of the year is something the reader will figure out soon all by himself.

Alex Graham

Alex Graham (1987) grew up in Commerce City, CO, an industrial suburb of Denver. She attended Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for a year before dropping out and beginning a decade-long stint working full time in restaurants. Painting after work, between shifts, and on her days off, Alex began selling her paintings and showing them in cafés and galleries around Denver. In 2015, she self-released the first issue of her surreal comic Cosmic BE-ING. Her first full-length graphic novel, Angloid, was published in 2017 by Kilgore Books. At the end of 2017, Alex relocated to Seattle and continued working in restaurants while painting and drawing on the side. A number of her paintings were shown at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in January of 2020. After losing her restaurant job in the wake of covid, Alex began full-time work on her anthropomorphic webcomic Dog Biscuits, posting one to three pages to Instagram daily until the story's conclusion in January 2021. Soon after that, the censored online versión of the story won the Cartoonist Studio Prize 2021 as Best Webcomic of the Year.

Finalists list:

  • CHAOS, WHIMS, LUST, by Jia Sung

  • DEATH AS DECORATOR, by Blythe Cain, Darya Diamond and Esther Gatón

  • D. H., POR EJEMPLO, by Ángel de la Rubia

  • DOG BISCUITS, by Alex Graham

  • EL PEOR ESCENARIO POSIBLE, by Alejandro Morellón

  • MURPHY WHO TALKS, by Ronan J. O’Shea

  • THE DEGROWTH MANUAL, by Liva Dudareva and Eduardo Cassina

  • LA TECNICA DEL TRAMEZZINO, by Stefano Togni

  • UNA HUMANA, by Ana Cristina Sanz

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