Jeremy Holt on Southern Dogs

Vermont cartoonist Jeremy Holt was recently on VPR, talking about his graphic novel, Southern Dogs:

Vermont writer Jeremy Holt of Middlebury has written a graphic novel in four issues called Southern Dog, which tackles teen angst, the after-effects of a wolf bite and racism in the Deep South.

Holt recently spoke to VPR about where the story elements for Southern Dog emerged, and what fueled the writing process.

The issues feature illustrations from artist Alex Diotto and Holt says the story sprung from an interesting source.

“This story actually stemmed from a dream I had of a werewolf fighting off a bunch of [Klu Klux] Klansmen,” Holt said. “And that imagery was pretty intense, but I didn’t know what to do with it so I sat on the idea for a while. And it wasn’t until I started to do some research into the Klan — more specifically around Obama’s inauguration — that kind of stemmed the idea for the story.”

Listen here.

Holt will be signing copies of his book on March 28th at the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.