A dog name Oliver goes from playtime to hard time in February-debuting BOOM! Studios series “Kennel Block Blues,” and CBR has the exclusive first details. Written by Ryan Ferrier and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, the series stars anthropomorphic animals in a prison drama set in an animal shelter — focused on Oliver, a family dog who ends up stuck in Jackson Kennel, looking to escape before execution. (Also, musical numbers are involved — “Kennel Block Tango”?)
CBR has the first look at the covers for “Kennel Block Blues” #1 by Bayliss and Nick Pitarra, plus the solicitation text for the issue:
Kennel Block Blues #1 (of 4)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Incentive Cover: Nick Pitarra
On Sale: 2/3
What’s to Love: From Oz to Shawshank Redemption, we just love great prison dramas. But what if the prison in question is an animal shelter? Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp) and Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) combine the tradition of great anthropomorphic stories like Wild’s End and Blacksad with the madcap twists of Six-Gun Gorilla and Chew in their new series Kennel Block Blues.
What It Is: Oliver is a good dog. A family dog. But without warning, he’s sentenced to Jackson Kennel, where he’s instantly placed on Death Row with the rest of his fellow inmates, awaiting a lethal appointment on The Table if salvation doesn’t come. He’ll need help escaping the Kennel, but when the stress of prison life builds, he starts escaping reality instead, imagining a fantasy world of cartoon friends. It’s time to break out…into a musical number?
Additionally, BOOM! has produced several animated gifs to promote the series. Here’s a new one focused on Oliver:
And here are four previously released teasers, showing more of the comic’s cast of furry inmates:
“Kennel Block Blues” #1 is scheduled for release in February.