Free comics are great, especially when they’re of a #1 issue. They allow you to get a taste of a series to see if you like it and the creators/publisher will then hope you take the plunge into buying future issues or the trade paperback. This happens after the comic has been out for a while, but not in the case of Kennel Block Blues. Publisher Boom Studios has released Kennel Block Blues #1 for free online a month before print release.
You’ve heard that correctly. You can now read Kennel Block Blues #1 for free on Tumblr. While it has a giant watermark on it, it’s still very readable and will give you a good taste of the series.
Kennel Block Blues is a 4-issue miniseries written by Ryan Ferrier and art by Daniel Bayliss about anthropomorphic dogs in prison. In particular Oliver, a good family dog, who and has been thrown into maximum security prison and is now Death Row with the other inmates. Due to the stress of it all Oliver begins hallucinating cartoon characters – all of which are singing, dancing and having a whale of a time. So essentially, musical theatre. Why is a dog like Oliver in prison with all the bad dogs? You’ll have to read to find out.
I’ve given it a read and it’s a very interesting premise and I’d like to see where it goes. You can read Kennel Block Blues for free here.
If you would like to read a non-watermarked version you’ll be able to get one on February 3rd. So if you liked it tell your local comic book store to order/save you a copy! I don’t have a regular store you can find a comic book store near you. There’s also the Boom Innovator stores which are also guaranteed to stock it. It’ll also be available on Comixology for those who prefer to read it digitally.
So you don’t forget about it here’s a calendar reminder.
You can find more free comics here.