First an interesting factoid: the creator of the Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time show, Pendleton Ward cites Joann Sfar and Dungeon as a strong influence in this interview on USA Today’s Pop Candy column.
Catherine Dacey at Manga Critic had this to say of it:
“Perhaps the best compliment I can pay Murakami is to acknowledge just how much Stargazing Dog moved me. Not in a cheap, dog-in-peril sort of way, but in the same way that Vittorio de Sica’s Umberto D. touched me: as a beautiful meditation on the human-canine bond, one that acknowledges the complexity and inequality of that relationship, as well its enduring power. One of 2011′s best new manga.”
“What Russell also manages to do with these works is to advance the narratives, offering a supremely dramatic graphic rendering, yet still enabling the ‘music’ to come through.”
“Nicolas De Crecy offers a delightful follow-up to his graphic novel about a lovelorn, fondue-loving dog.”
Comics Worth Reading chimes in on it:
“It is Salvatore’s journey into temptation when he picks up a hitchhiking beauty that carries this book along. Rich in character and filled with one remarkably strange moment after another, this one is well worth your time.”
Back to the top ten lists: The Onion’s AV Club puts Rick Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti as #8.