No 2: The Thirsty Hound scene.

No sooner have they been thrown off the International Space Station as a result of Lieutenant Lola’s inability to grasp the concept of a zero gravity lavatory, the pugs head straight to the pub for a rendevouz with a mysterious space-fish character who claims to know the whereabouts of the missing sausages…

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Sketch book scene design of the Thirsty Hound from Pugs in Space Issue 01.

After a disagreement with Dr Ted about his being excluded from the trip to the pub, the pugs make their entrance. The first Star Wars movie Star Wars IV – A New Hope had a brilliant scene where the crew members all went to a space bar inhabited by all manner of ne’erdowell alien types. We couldn’t resist doing the same.

Also lost to the finished illustration is the juke box playing Arlo Parks’ Black Dog. We just thought that might be a bit depressing…

Note the character at the end of the bar reading the newspaper, and also Lieutenant Lola’s Covid-19 reference.

A cartoon final version of The Thirsty Hound from Pugs in Space Issue 01.

It’s basically a mix of space canines, aliens and robots. Illustrator Jay’s 6-year-old son Milo created the character with the big teeth at the back. Putting some serious pressure on the old man, there!

Zoomed in version of the text from the final Thirsty Hound scene from Issue 01 of the Pugs in Space comic

In the original rough sketch, Pike, the mercenary who the pugs are about to meet is seen at the bar. He doesn’t make the cut on the finished version.

A second zoomed in version of the final Thirsty Hound scene from the pugs in space comic issue 01

By my reckoning – it’s hard to keep track of who you have and haven’t counted – there are 64 other characters that do make the cut, 66 if you include Major Ron & Lieutenant Lola.

If robot bar men could sweat this one would be.