The Angriest Dog in the World

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The Angriest Dog in the World
Angrydog.jpg
"It doesn't get any better than this"
Author(s) David Lynch
Current status / schedule Ended
Launch date 1983
End date 1992
Syndicate(s) LA Reader
Genre(s) Humor

The Angriest Dog in the World is a comic strip created by film director David Lynch. The strip was conceived by Lynch in 1973 during a period when he was experiencing feelings of great anger.[1] First published in the LA Reader, the strip ran from 1983 until 1992.[1]

The strip is introduced with a small caption:

The dog who is so angry he cannot move. He cannot eat. He cannot sleep. He can just barely growl. Bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis.

Visually each strip is the same. The first three identical panels feature the black dog growling, tied to a post in a yard by a chain. He is between a tree on the left and one wall of a house with a window on the right. The fourth panel is the same, but at night with a circle of light coming from the house's window.

In a short essay on Lynch's Rabbits, Objectif Cinema notes:

David Lynch has of course used animals within his back catalogue of work before. Dogs for instance feature in nearly every one of his movies usually as a visual prop: who could forget the scene in Wild at Heart in which our canine friend scampers away with the Bank teller's severed hand? Or the mewling pups in Mary X's living room in Eraserhead? Indeed a dog, albeit in cartoon form, took centre stage in Lynch's cartoon series for the LA Reader, The Angriest Dog in the World. But it is here on his website that Lynch seems to be opening up more to the wonders of nature: Bees, Coyotes and Dead Mice all have a part to play in various guises and manifestations within www.davidlynch.com, and as part of the pay-per-view series, the Rabbit has been given the starring role.[2]

A word balloon appears in one or more of the panels, indicating speech from a member of one of the house's unseen family, either Bill, Sylvia, Pete or Billy, Jr. Usually the speech is in the form of an aphorism or a non-sequitur. Such sayings include: "If everything is real... then nothing is real as well." and "It doesn't get any better than this."

Example strip[edit]

A strip in the The Angriest Dog in the World series

Homages[edit]

  • In 2003, the strip was parodied by cartoonist Ted Rall with his comic The Angriest Liberal in the World.[3]
  • In 2004, the clip-art comic Dinosaur Comics, which similarly uses the same sequence of illustrations in every strip, made a direct reference to The Angriest Dog in the World.[4]

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