yeah, yeah, yeah, ANOTHER cartoon book centered around cats, go ahead and groan.
and now stop groaning, because this title is a tricksy one and it’s only the first part of the book that is cat-centric. the rest focuses on the author/illustrator and her day-to day-life, romantic relationship, and it only occasionally returns to her cat.
i was cross about this discovery and i shouted my cross feelings, which woke up my cat and she yawned and her mouth was soooo big and triangle-shaped, i melted a little and returned to my reading.
the drawing-style varies from the very colorful and detailed:
to … this:
and i didn’t understand why until i realized that this book is a collection growing out of a self-imposed challenge – to draw a cartoon each day, no matter how busy/tired/uninspired. and since i am someone who loves a good challenge (or even a shitty one), i stopped crying over being so grossly misled and betrayed by this not being a “true” cat book, and i learned that sometimes people can be interesting, too!
or maybe i’m just narcissistic enough to relate to all the snacking, not-sleeping, social awkwardness and disproportionate feelings of triumph over reaching very small goals that pepper the book.
it’s not perfect through-and-through; when you set parameters like this, obviously there are going to be days where the well is wetter than others, but for fans of Adulthood is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection, this frequently covers the exact same ground.
and on and on.
she has a knack for making the most mundane things seem fresh and funny, even though they definitely shouldn’t be.
and by “funny”, i obviously mean “tragic” because that was cheese, man! CHEESE!
but again – narcissism means i have to support anyone with bird-frustrations
and there’s just so many trooooths in here, mostly involving those little fuzzy bastards we love so much.
like apologizing to your cat when you walk in on them using the litterbox. i do that! and it’s weird! why do i do that?
and suffering through uncomfortable positions so you don’t have to relocate a peacefully sleeping kitty who is also a bed-or-chair-hog.
and how the best way to make a cat endure your affection involves stealth and some light choking
these are troooths!
also explored – the mystery of how adding two pellets of dry food turns this
why, cat, WHY???
and here’s a fun game to play along at home:
this is the advanced chicken nugget, where the tail covers the face entirely.
and, as always, it is hard to argue with science:
so, basically, it’s Adulthood is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection with MOAR CATS.
and better endpapers
and that’s never a bad thing.
does she have a tumblr??
does she have an instagram??
any other links you’re gonna have to track down yourselves. try the internet.
here are four more maggie-charades – feel free to play along at home or submit your own: