The story behind the scene #3

No #3

Departure From The Thirsty Hound

U.S.S. Weiner takes off from The Thirsty Hound in pursuit of sausages. If you look closely you can make out a small yellow figure hurrying to a space craft.

All is revealed a few pages later when the pugs come under fire on Bonio 5.

The introduction of a third pug, Taser, a Pugs In Space fan and wannabe…

To the rescue in her space Uber, it’s Taser who blows the aggressors away and allows Major Ron and Lieutenant Lola to make a narrow escape.

And here she is. Life on board U.S.S. Eisner will never be the same.

The story behind the scene #2

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…

Tim Southwell

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.

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!

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.

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.