Fiction  > Comedy  > Other A to Z  > F - O

Madame Cat

Madame Cat Madame Cat Madame Cat Madame Cat Madame Cat Madame Cat Madame Cat

Madame Cat back

Nancy Pena


Page 45 Review by Stephen

More joke-orientated than Jeffrey Brown's purely observational, behavioural cat comics (CAT GETTING OUT OF A BAG and CATS ARE WEIRD), there are still plenty of feline foibles to recognise here, albeit given an anthropomorphised twist as Madame Cat attempts to justify her manic bursts of often inexplicable activity and her vocation to destroy any and all fabrics, especially if they're your favourites.

Some of the jokes, often spread over two pages, are surprisingly complex. Yes, cats do love lolling about on the piece of paper you're trying to write or draw on, and they're forever getting in the way of your computer screen to attract your attention, as well as treading on your keyboard, thereby inventing new words with far fewer vowels than seems likely, so that you appear to be typing in tongues. You know what I mean:

"sdafhh dasxxhtrp jkklhjiggybipbopbap"

However, the real sabotage has all been pre-planned. Here's Madame Cat lapping up a Photoshop manual for kitties while creator Nancy Peña screams at her screen in horror:

"Delete without confirmation: press Alt + Delete (left hind paw and right front paw)
"Hide all panels: Tab
"Clear all history permanently: Alt + Delete History (left hind paw, and one front claw on the History panel)."

It's definitely the cat's behaviour being analysed here, rather than humans' reactions to their presence as touched on occasionally Sarah Andersen's HERDING CATS, whereas I seem to recall that Seo Kim's CAT PERSON covers both.

In some ways this is closer to Paul Tobin & Ben Dewey's extended narrative I WAS THE CAT, but it in no way resembles Sherwin Tija's double whammy YOU ARE A CAT PICK-A-PLOT BOOK and YOU ARE A KITTEN too, both of which are prose and likely to leave any young ones with long-lasting childhood traumas and their guardians with much explaining to do.

I've photographed my favourite two-pager here for you, twice. It's beautifully set up, and the final expression on the cat's face is priceless.