I've always had a soft spot for Laika, the first dog in space, who tragically died upon the Sputnik II shortly after takeoff. I wanted to name my current pooch after the canine cosmonaut, but lost the naming battle with my partner. I can finally live out my space dog dreams through a beautifully illustrated biography of the most famous dog in the former Soviet Union.
Laika, a graphic novel by Nick Abadzis, recounts the life of this furry victim of the Soviet space race. Based upon historical fact with flourishes of fiction, Laika's colourful characters bring life to a dark period of Soviet history. And for those with a cartoon dog fetish, Laika reminds Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow of the famed Tin Tin, a similarity that “nicely complements the subject matter, contributing much to the sweetness of the story, and serving as counterpoint to the exhaustive research.”