The December 1, 2020 launch dates takes what has been the release date for a new Dog Man graphic novel for the past four years; Dog Man releases will be cut from two per year to one in 2020 (see “2020 Dog Man Release Announced”).
The title and topic create a great opportunity for expanding the universe of comic creators as much as Pilkey has expanded the comics audience. ““I wanted to create a new storyline for Li’l Petey, a character in the Dog Man series who is based on my mom and who embodies love, optimism, and hope,” Pilkey said in a statement accompanying the announcement. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li’l Petey keeps his promise to his best friend Molly that they will teach everyone how to make comics. Together with their new friends, Li’l Petey and Molly make mistakes but with practice and persistence, they learn and become better artists. My hope is that kids everywhere are inspired to write their own stories, appreciate different ways of thinking and approaching art, and feel empowered to be creative.”