Dav Pilkey’s world-conquering Dog Man series will return to shelves next March with its 11th volume — Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea.
This will be the first new Dog Man volume since 2021, when Mothering Heights was released. But Pilkey hasn’t been resting — several volumes of his Cat Kid Comic Club series, a Dog Man spinoff, have filled in the gaps, with the fourth volume, Collaborations, set to arrive in November.
“I am humbled and grateful to do what I love for a living,” Pilkey said in the press release. “Since the pandemic began, I have been inspired to create even more stories and to learn and grow as an artist–from experimenting with various mediums to make comics using photography, poetry, and calligraphy, to building character models and sets by hand, as well as exploring different themes and storylines. My hope is that my books foster creativity and imagination, and instill a lifelong love of reading.”
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of another Pilkey creation, Captain Underpants. To celebrate, Scholastic will publish a special anniversary edition of the first Captain Underpants book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, that will include a bonus 32-page comic starring Dog Man and Captain Underpants. Look for it in stores on March 7.
Finally, Scholastic has launched a new website, Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, to promote his creations and where kids can upload their own comics.
“Dav is one of the most inspiring and creative storytellers of this generation and the anticipation and strong demand for his books has been extraordinary,” said Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade. “With the launch of ‘Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club,’ we can’t wait to see kids’ creativity and imagination come to life in their own comics.”