on January 12, 2000
Fans of the currently syndicated newspaper strip will find through this collection that Citizen Dog has been through some changes since its origin. If nothing else, O'Hare is a superb artist with a flair for both motionless and kinetic moments. His draftsmanship sustains the strip. At this point, however, the humor is much more slapstick than verbal or intellectual. Many of the gags are Tex Avery-esque, or harken back to vaudeville days. That's an interesting style in itself, but as humor, it pales in comparison to the current incarnation of the strip. Those who think the artistic side of cartooning and gag writing is in decline, however, need look no further than this book for a spirited refutation.
on March 26, 2004
The "Citizen Dog" comic strip was one of the best ever. Mark O'Hare has a delightfully wicked sense of humor and he brings such life and animation to his characters. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate Fergus, the smart-mouthed dog in this series ... or the lovable antics of his owner, Mel. Get a taste for the comic strip at: [...]
Unfortunately, Mark O'Hare is no longer creating new Citizen Dog strips, so all we have left is these fabulous books. There are three in the series:
1) Citizen Dog: The First Collection [ISBN: 0836251865]
2) Dog's Best Friend: More Citizen Dog Reflections [ISBN: 0836267516]
3) D is for Dog [ISBN: 0740704575]
Buy two of each ... because someone's gonna want your copy!
on April 14, 2004
"Citizen Dog" Fergus was the best canine to ever hit a newspaper. This initial collection of comic strips featuring the ever suave Fergus and his well-meaning and overwhelmed "owner", Mel, is a real treat for those of us who faithfully read the strip back in the day. For those who haven't had the pleasure of seeing a dog converse with a French waiter or become the top salesdog in a pet store, you don't know what you've been missing. So, if you only buy one book this year...hey, don't be cheap! Get this book, and pick up Mark O'Hare's other two volumes: "Dog's Best Friend: More Citizen Dog Reflections" and "D Is For Dog." (Warning: If your dog happens to read these books, hide the car keys. Really.)
on April 17, 1998
the antics of mel, fergus, cuddles and the other regulars who populate mark o'hare's world of citizen dog bring to life the joys and foibles that we all face with our pets. the artwork is top notch and the casual way his characters have with one-liners can't fail but to make you laugh hard enough to fall off your chair. i don't know that the world would be a better place if there were more dogs like fergus, but i do know that the comics would be a better page with more people like mark o'hare bringing forth their efforts in the manner that he does.