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Stagger Lee duo reunites for Pug

Posted by: Rich Watson on April 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm

You may remember the historical crime drama (and 4-time Glyph winner) Stagger Lee from 2006 by Derek McCulloch & Shepherd Hendrix. Well, in this month’s Image section of Previews you’ll find a new graphic novel called Pug. Greg Espinoza is the primary artist, but Hendrix does some inking as well. In a Newsarama interview from last year, writer McCulloch describes it thusly:

“…Pug is the story of Jake Mahoney, a boxer who was an up-and-comer in 1956 but a down-and-outer when we meet him in 1962. He’s lost his wife, his family, and his career, and is living on the kindness of his girlfriend, a burlesque dancer with probably my favorite name I’ve ever come up with for a character: Kitten KaBoodle. Kitten’s dreaming of white picket fences with Jake, but he’s too hopelessly damaged by his past to think more than one day at a time. In a misguided effort to salvage a little of his self-respect, he starts working for a small-time loan shark, unwittingly putting himself on a collision course with the past he can’t stand to face.

“…Pug is a story I started thinking about in 1999 when I first decided I wanted to get back into comics. I call it the last of my cold-storage projects. My original concept for it was less noir-inflected, more of a minimalist Raymond Carver-type character drama, but when Greg Espinoza came on as the artist, my thinking started to go in other directions. Greg and I share an enthusiasm for hardboiled b-movies, and I began to think of Pug as a b-programmer from the late ‘50s or early ‘60s, something that would have starred somebody like Sterling Hayden. Once we had that in mind, it became a whole other thing – less Raymond Carver, more Budd Boetticher.”

Not much more than that at this point, but I’m sure we’ll get more soon.

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1 Response to "Stagger Lee duo reunites for Pug"

1 | Claudia

April 18th, 2010 at 3:11 pm


Yay! I’m looking forward to anything they publish.

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