The third annual pug party will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the South Fourth boutique and gallery.
Correll, who originally hails from England, now resides in Oakland, Calif., and works as all three job descriptors mentioned above.
She’s written books like “The Worrier’s Guide to Life” and “A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette,” publishes comics at The Nib and GoComics, and also draws pug-inspired illustrations that have ended up everything from coffee mugs to T-shirts.
In fact, one of Correll’s most iconic pieces of art is the “Pugs Not Drugs” T-shirt that went viral a few years back.
Correll met Louisville artist and Block Party owner Mary Levinsky when the boutique first opened in 2013. Levinsky sold many of Correll’s products, like buttons and magnets, and eventually suggested Correll fly to Louisville to be a part of a fundraising event. Each “Puggy in Kentuggy” helps raise funds for the Bluegrass Pug Rescue.
“I said yes, and the event was so much fun,” Correll tells Insider. “So we decided to make it an annual event.”
Correll is the mother of two pugs, Mr. Pickles and Bella, and says she first started drawing the small but mighty Chinese breed of dog after she encountered them on a trip to San Francisco in 2009.
“I fell in love with the funny little creatures and have been drawing them ever since,” she says. “They are very sweet, funny dogs. Their personalities are so much bigger than they are.”
After her trip to Louisville this weekend, Correll plans to get back to work on a graphic novel, as well as some illustration projects for children’s books, like the “Uncle Shawn and Badger Bill” series by A.L. Kennedy.
“Gettin’ Puggy in Kentuggy” is free and runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Correll will be on hand to meet, greet and sign her art and merchandise, along with a handful of local artists including Lyndi Lou, Jared Schorr, Evie Yapelli, Aya Kakeda, Gretchen Lewis, Angela Oster, Anke Weckmann and Adrian Wright.
A portion of the proceeds go to the Bluegrass Pug Rescue, and the organization plans to bring along a few of their pugs to the party. The theme is tiki, and Levinsky encourages everyone to bring their own pups, preferably in costumes.
Block Party is located at 560 S. Fourth St.
Before Correll lands in Louisville, we asked her some very important, non-pug-related questions …
What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
I have a long list of strange museums I want to visit in Europe, including the Funeral Museum in Vienna and the Kyriazis Medical Museum in Cyprus. (I’m really interested in medical history.)
What poster was on your wall in junior high?
I had many, many cat posters on my wall (don’t tell my dogs).
If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?
Mary (Levinsky) from Block Party!
What are your preferred pizza toppings?
Pineapple. I know that’s a controversial choice. I also had a lemon and hazelnut pizza recently, which was amazing.
If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?
5 — when everything was magical and Santa Claus still existed.
What famous person do people say you resemble the most?
Zooey Deschanel. It’s the bangs and the vintage-y clothes, I think.
Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?
Well, I’m claustrophobic, so I’d prefer not to be in the elevator in the first place. But if I had to choose, I’d say Kristen Wiig. I think she’s hilarious.