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Bringing together his love of dogs and his love of Pokémon, illustrator Sean Dowling has launched “The Pugémon Project,” which reimagines the little pocket monsters as — you guessed it — pugs. Specifically, the first generation of Pokémon.
“Really, they are just dogs with cool magical powers and maybe wings … or like … is an insect,” Dowling explains on his Kickstarter page. “But deep down, they are all dogs.”
Yes, the artist has launched a crowdfunding campaign, not to pay for him to draw all 150 original Pokémon — “I’m going to be doing that anyway” — but rather so those interested can purchase a poster, art cards or a book.
Dowling says the project began when he drew Bulbasaur as a pug (above), and it kind of snowballed from there. To date, he’s drawn 110, meaning he’ll have caught ‘em all in no time.