This 32-page graphic novel follows Kurt Vilkas through a two-year prison sentence, where he faces violent gangs, sadistic guards, and the demons of his past. Inspired by Art Spiegelman’s animal stand-ins, inmates are depicted as anthropomorphic dogs to generate empathy and humor. What Maus did for the Holocaust, Dog Years does for mass incarceration in the US.
Jeff Kronenfeld is a journalist, fiction writer, screenwriter and now comic writer based out of Tempe, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and cat. He was raised in Arizona and has an English degree from ASU.
Russ Kazmierczak Jr. is a Phoenix-based illustrator, artist, writer, and performer. Since 2010, Kazmierczak Jr. has published Amazing Arizona Comics, which explores Arizona history and current events.