This reviewer not being very familiar with the graphic novel, this article may contain a few factual or artistic errors. This being out of the way, let me say Dog’s Breakfast A Nicole J. Georges Anthology is an impressive work of art. Some people keep books about their favourite painters on the coffee table. Dog’s Breakfast belongs on the coffee table (and this not because of how massive it is at 487 pages).
Dog’s Breakfast by Nicole J Georges features twelve “Invincible Summer” chapters of varying lengths covering 2008 to 2017 and 5 other chapters in different categories. The graphic novel opens with a chapter on having a job as a barista and how Georges would sometimes get even with unpleasant customer. The chapters are often about her job as a travelling art teacher, her dogs, and daily events.
Invincible Summers include recipes, observations, how to segments, but also observations about the mundane. Most are chronological but summer 18 is about the whole of summer 2010 while 19 is strictly about May.
I was quite impressed by the many visual styles here although the author’s hand is clearly visible throughout.
One hurdle in fully enjoying Dog’s Breakfast A Nicole J Georges Anthology is the reader does not always understand some topical reference (such as IPRC which is explained some twenty pages later) or who some characters are exactly. Also the handwriting and how minuscule it sometimes is can get in the way of enjoying this very beautiful book in a relaxed way.
This is definitely one of those books you keep handy (i.e. the coffeetble) and enjoy in small doses here and there as the mood suits you.
A Nicole J. Georges Anthology
Phase 8 Publishing 2023