Today we have a very special treat. Joining us is Neal Wooten, creator of the comic strip Brad’s Pit. Neal and illustrator Nicholas Peruzzo publish a bi-weekly comic strip about the everyday adventures of a guy named Brad and his adopted pit bull Chief.
The comic strip was launched on January 1, 2014 and is still going strong with over 28.000 followers on Facebook.
Neal has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about the comic strip so, without further ado, here is what Neal would like everyone to know.
Q. How did “Brad’s Pit” get started?
A. I had created several comic strips over the years, but my artwork is the weakest area. Nicolas Peruzzo is one of the artists that does work for my book publishing company (Mirror Publishing), and one day out of the blue, he emailed me and asked if I would like to team up on a comic strip. We decided on a pit bull main character because of all the bad press they get.
The name came to me as I was falling asleep one night. So the ideas are mine and the art is Nico's. And his art, as you can see, is awesome. I also am the author of Pit Bulls vs. Aliens, a campy novel where pit bulls save the world from an alien invasion.
Q. Is Chief a real dog?
A. I have two female pit bulls, and Sandy is like Chief, but black and white. We did want a generic version, since there are so many breeds and mixed-breeds that get lumped into the pit bull label.
We ran a contest for people to come up with the name, and a woman who actually went to high school with Brad Pitt came up with Chief because the Chiefs was their school mascot.
Q. What is the most important message you hope to send and what do you consider your target audience?
A. Certainly animal lovers would be the primary target, but I think the message is for everyone.
Adopt an adult dog and your life will never be the same.
A book chronicling the strip’s first year can also be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. The book, “Brad’s Pit: Year One,” is described as “a full color cartoon bonanza. It starts with the first strip, which ran on January 1st, 2014, and takes you all the way through the year. Relive the moments that made this strip so popular, like Brad adopting Chief from the shelter, Chief’s fear of thunder and baths, visits to the veterinarian and dog park, his crush at the daycare, his desire to be the first pit bull to win Westminster, and many other fun times.“
You can find Brad’s Pit comic strips on GoComics.com and also on Facebook. Check for new comic strips every Tuesday and Friday.
Be sure and check out the fun. Follow the lives of Brad and Chief. They are sure to brighten your day, and of course you will want to check out Neal’s books too!
Thank you Neal for joining us today at loyalpitbulllove.com.