Pirate Mike’s Puppy Patch!

Ah, the first appearance of Patch, the Puppy Pirate! I love dogs. As you may know, the strip I did prior to Mike was a strip about some puppies. Patch is physically a rework of one of those puppies, Spanky, but his character and personality are much different. I’m mystified by how that happens. He’s more of a house dog who may be mischievous, but he’s nowhere near as hostile as Spanky. I’ve also tried to determine what his relationship with Mike is, hostile or agreeable. I think a lot of these questions that need to be resolved account for what I think can be characterized as an unevenness in the strip to this point.