The book “The Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy” started out as a collaboration between Filipe Melo, a portuguese musician and writer, and Juan Cavia, an Argentinian set designer and artist.
Initially, it was thought as a movie script. Filipe Melo and Pablo Parés, an argentinian director and screenwriter, wrote a first draft of a script that eventually became the story for the first book. “it was a tribute to all the eighties movies that we loved — from Gremlins to Big Trouble in Little China, and to the computer games that we played, like The Secret of Monkey Island and Leisure Suit Larry” — says Melo.
The first book was done via Skype over a period of one year, gathering a small crew of Portuguese and Argentinian talents — Santiago Villa, a key figure to the book, doing the colors, Martin Tejada and João Pombeiro (“Programa do Aleixo”) on the sequential adaptation of the script, and Pedro Semedo on the lettering.
After browsing for publishers, the book became a reality through Tinta-da-china, an independent publisher based in Lisbon, Portugal. The book became an immediate success, winning Best Screenplay at FIBDA awards and selling enough copies to allow a second adventure.
In the meantime, through John Landis (the author of the foreword for the first book), “Dog” Mendonça reached the hands of Mike Richardson, the president of Dark Horse Comics, who contacted the crew to write four original episodes to be included in the compilation “Dark Horse Presents”, alongside artists like Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons and Mike Mignola.
Meanwhile, Melo and Cavia, along with the exact same collaborators of the first book, decided to start the second chapter of the trilogy of “Dog” Mendonça. This book took two years to complete and it features a foreword by legendary film maker George A. Romero, the inventor of zombies and a major influence on Melo And Cavia.
The books follow the adventures of a pizza delivery boy, a middle aged werewolf detective, a six thousand year old demon trapped inside a little girl´s body and the severed head of a gargoyle who are forced to save the world more often than they would like to.
“We are very proud of the work”, says Cavia, “but let´s see if it works with the readers. Maybe it´s just a piece of shit.”