Upper class Victorians had a great affection for pets, from fashionable lap dogs to canaries, and even the occasional monkey. But Travis Louie envisions some far more fanciful companions for his proper gents and ladies, who keep squids and giant spiders as beloved family pets.
You may recall Louie's Victorian aliens, and here he returns to that juxtaposition of period fashion with monstrous — though not unappealing — creatures. Louie says that he was inspired to create this series after reading a book about tarantula care, and realized that fashionably dressed folks would attend spider shows, much as dog owners would a dog show, walking their tarantulas on leash. He's also cooked up a backstory to go with each pet. The family yeti above is something of an heirloom: