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Celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown's collection of all-new drawings sweetly illustrates the joys of living with a cat. Featured in McSweeney's and on NPR's This American Life, and praised by comic luminaries Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, Brown's work has always paid tribute to felines as they curl up on couches and purr on the peripheries of his aut Celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown's collection of all-new drawings sweetly illustrates the joys of living with a cat. Featured in McSweeney's and on NPR's This American Life, and praised by comic luminaries Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, Brown's work has always paid tribute to felines as they curl up on couches and purr on the peripheries of his autobiographical stories. Cat Getting Out of a Bag follows his cat Misty -really, any cat- as she goes about her everyday activities and adventures. In a series of drawings, Brown perfectly captures the universal charm of cats in a lovely book sure to please fans and cat lovers of any stripe.


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Celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown's collection of all-new drawings sweetly illustrates the joys of living with a cat. Featured in McSweeney's and on NPR's This American Life, and praised by comic luminaries Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, Brown's work has always paid tribute to felines as they curl up on couches and purr on the peripheries of his aut Celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown's collection of all-new drawings sweetly illustrates the joys of living with a cat. Featured in McSweeney's and on NPR's This American Life, and praised by comic luminaries Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, Brown's work has always paid tribute to felines as they curl up on couches and purr on the peripheries of his autobiographical stories. Cat Getting Out of a Bag follows his cat Misty -really, any cat- as she goes about her everyday activities and adventures. In a series of drawings, Brown perfectly captures the universal charm of cats in a lovely book sure to please fans and cat lovers of any stripe.

30 review for Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Cat Getting Out of a Bag mostly comprises single-page cat-related comics, and is therefore one of Jeffrey Brown's most "accessible" books; it could easily be a gift to a relative or a volume kept on the coffee table. But Bag should not be dismissed as just a "cute cat book." With his felt pen drawings, Brown here has used space and "action words" most inventively - "PURRRRRS" span panels; cats jump through frames; in one comic the onomatopoeia "KTHUMP" shows the path of a bounding feline. Brown Cat Getting Out of a Bag mostly comprises single-page cat-related comics, and is therefore one of Jeffrey Brown's most "accessible" books; it could easily be a gift to a relative or a volume kept on the coffee table. But Bag should not be dismissed as just a "cute cat book." With his felt pen drawings, Brown here has used space and "action words" most inventively - "PURRRRRS" span panels; cats jump through frames; in one comic the onomatopoeia "KTHUMP" shows the path of a bounding feline. Brown also has utilized interesting framing. He does not really take on a "cat's eye view," but has chosen to keep human heads mostly out-of-frame, which puts the emphasis back on his cartoon kitties, though often Jeff will remain the protagonist in regards to his speech bubbles. Interspersed throughout the comics are felt pen drawings of cats done in a more realistic style than Jeff's comics (like the drawings that bookend his autobiographical works). These pictures really reiterate the compassion and care Brown has felt for his kitties, and the Bag as a whole will resonate with cat- and comic-lovers alike.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    I like this Jeffrey Brown character. One does not come to him for spectacular art (though the crude style never detracts from the material; just the opposite, in fact), but for the opportunity to see familiar and often overlooked mannerisms and habits depicted within an instantly relatable situation. Here, he proves that his characters needn't be human or at all anthropomorphized to fit seamlessly into his perceptive little universe. Just about every weird thing I've ever seen the various cats i I like this Jeffrey Brown character. One does not come to him for spectacular art (though the crude style never detracts from the material; just the opposite, in fact), but for the opportunity to see familiar and often overlooked mannerisms and habits depicted within an instantly relatable situation. Here, he proves that his characters needn't be human or at all anthropomorphized to fit seamlessly into his perceptive little universe. Just about every weird thing I've ever seen the various cats in my life do - rubbing their face on everything, loving you one minute and biting you the next, the Flehmen response, the crazy chattering noise whenever they see birds out the window - has a frame or two dedicated to it. I only wish the book were twice as long, but what little there is of it is attractively-designed (love the cover) and thoroughly charming.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    I really don't like Jeffrey Brown most of the time. He's in that school of comix artists who write uncomfortable strips about their uncomfortable lives and always make me feel voyeuristically dirty for reading them. These are the kind of people who, if the comics are to be believed, must go around intentionally screwing up their relationships for the sake of having material. Insecurity, stubbornness, and sheer stupidity bleed off of every panel. Brown's illustrative style is unimpressive as well I really don't like Jeffrey Brown most of the time. He's in that school of comix artists who write uncomfortable strips about their uncomfortable lives and always make me feel voyeuristically dirty for reading them. These are the kind of people who, if the comics are to be believed, must go around intentionally screwing up their relationships for the sake of having material. Insecurity, stubbornness, and sheer stupidity bleed off of every panel. Brown's illustrative style is unimpressive as well -- too cartoony and too detailed at the same time. It freaks me out. However: This book is a real treat, probably because it doesn't have anything to do with Jeffrey or his screwed up relationships. It's just about his cat. These are simple, mostly wordless strips about the messes that his cat gets himself into and out of. Brown brings the same keen reportage that he brings to his other comics to these cat stories, and to wonderful effect. He shows a great sense of the cat's body-language and movement, and really wonderful comedic timing. I bought this for Erin for X-Mas, and we spent much of the morning giggling in recognition at these everyday misadventures. Cat lovers and comics lovers should check it out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    In general, people tend to be either “dog people” or “cat people.” Jeffrey Brown is clearly a cat person. In “Cat Getting Out Of A Bag And Other Observations,” Brown explores all things feline with a keen eye and a warm heart. Mostly wordless, the book is a series of comics about all the weird things cats do, interspersed with some very lovely and more complex drawings of - you guessed it - cats. Having made his name as a brutally honest autobio cartoonist and now mainly known for his YA comics, In general, people tend to be either “dog people” or “cat people.” Jeffrey Brown is clearly a cat person. In “Cat Getting Out Of A Bag And Other Observations,” Brown explores all things feline with a keen eye and a warm heart. Mostly wordless, the book is a series of comics about all the weird things cats do, interspersed with some very lovely and more complex drawings of - you guessed it - cats. Having made his name as a brutally honest autobio cartoonist and now mainly known for his YA comics, Brown refuses to be pinned down and “Cat Getting Out Of A Bag,” while distinctly a Jeffrey Brown book, is another gentle curveball in an eclectic career. Funny, silly, and insightful, this book is like catnip to feline-lovers (and even some dog-fanciers, like me).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    A series of short and clever vignettes that any cat lover will identify with and even dog lovers are sure to get a chuckle from. The simple art style only adds to how smart the observations are.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Now I really want a cat.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Miller

    Made me smile when I really needed to...just like my cats do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations is a primarily a collection of nine-panel cartoon pages which offer daily events in the life of a house cat. This would be things like getting under the fresh sheet when you are flicking it into the air to make the bed or watching birds through a window and giving those odd little grunts because the glass prevents a pounce. The funniest thing for me was to see how universal were the things that I often imagined to be entirely an expression of indiv Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations is a primarily a collection of nine-panel cartoon pages which offer daily events in the life of a house cat. This would be things like getting under the fresh sheet when you are flicking it into the air to make the bed or watching birds through a window and giving those odd little grunts because the glass prevents a pounce. The funniest thing for me was to see how universal were the things that I often imagined to be entirely an expression of individual personality. Possibly I should be embarrassed to say that my favorite page introduced me to an auditory sequence of furball vomiting: "Hack. Ech. Ack. Hork!" The school kid-o-meter approval for the book is high, perhaps for similar reasons.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    Disclaimer: I love Jeffrey Brown. However, the reason I thoroughly enjoyed this is because I have six cats. Every single page contains behaviors I have seen in my own cats time and time again. If you have cats, or if you simply love cats, this book might be for you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    Just about the most fun you can have reading a book. Delightful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Thank you, Becky! Perfectly describes what it's like to live with a cat, the good, the bad and the adorable. Thank you, Becky! Perfectly describes what it's like to live with a cat, the good, the bad and the adorable.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Spot-on, and adorable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Holly Grace

    This was so hilarious, would recommend for anyone who has had a cat before. I definitely recognised all these behaviours!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    It was cute and obviously I love the subject matter, but some of it I just didn't get. It was cute and obviously I love the subject matter, but some of it I just didn't get.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jarrah

    If you're a cat owner or even just a cat lover you will have observed many of the behaviours Jeffrey Brown documents in this collection of mostly one-page comics about his cat Misty. Even those you haven't consciously noticed before are instantly recognizable. How many of us have admired our cats' ability to contort themselves into all kinds of shapes, or have seen a cat end up skidding down a hallway chasing a toy, or know how it feels to have a cat crawl into your lap when you are at your lowe If you're a cat owner or even just a cat lover you will have observed many of the behaviours Jeffrey Brown documents in this collection of mostly one-page comics about his cat Misty. Even those you haven't consciously noticed before are instantly recognizable. How many of us have admired our cats' ability to contort themselves into all kinds of shapes, or have seen a cat end up skidding down a hallway chasing a toy, or know how it feels to have a cat crawl into your lap when you are at your lowest? Brown's observations are simple, satisfying and delightful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Shay

    I should have read this one first! Not incredibly better, but better. I don't own a cat myself so maybe if I did I'd find more of this funny, but my friend's cat does a lot of the stuff Misty does in this one, so definitely more relatable. The looks on the cat's face or how it lunges and bites are adorable in Brown's style. I should have read this one first! Not incredibly better, but better. I don't own a cat myself so maybe if I did I'd find more of this funny, but my friend's cat does a lot of the stuff Misty does in this one, so definitely more relatable. The looks on the cat's face or how it lunges and bites are adorable in Brown's style.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Picked this while I was at the library to vote with the intent to read it in line, you can hammer this thing out in 20 minutes. If you have a cat, have a friend or roommate with a cat or are interested in getting a cat I can’t think of a better “day in the life”. The drawings are simple but perfectly convey cat mannerisms. Read it with a cat.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    *3.5 stars. This was a quick, cute, fun read! I related to many of these, and have even myself had a cat named Misty, which is hilarious! These made me laugh/smile, thinking about how my own cats do many of these things. Glad that I read this :D!

  19. 4 out of 5

    📚Linda Blake

    Truth. Captures the personality of Misty perfectly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was a very cute collection of the antics of cats. I enjoyed Misty's antics and revisiting life as a cat owner. This was a very cute collection of the antics of cats. I enjoyed Misty's antics and revisiting life as a cat owner.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gal

    3.5 stars. Cats are weird.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jasleen Kaur

    It was so oooookkkkaaayyy and mehhhh....

  23. 4 out of 5

    حسناء

    Misty is so lovely

  24. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    Amazing how he captures cat behavior. As a cat person, this makes me laugh and reminisce about the cats I’ve had in the past.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David

    I think the art is my favorite part of this. It’s got a good concept too. I enjoyed it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Cute just like it’s companion. Any cat owner would identify. Let’s hope Jeff brown gets himself a new cat.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Potsi

    If you are a cat owner you would appreciate all the sketches and the observations. I'm not a cat owner but I enjoyed this a lot and found myself laughing out loud. If you are a cat owner you would appreciate all the sketches and the observations. I'm not a cat owner but I enjoyed this a lot and found myself laughing out loud.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very fun, but too short

  29. 5 out of 5

    Debbie J

    Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations contains cute drawings of kitties. Kitties doing what kitties typically do. The images of them in action seem basic and primitive. Author Jeffrey Brown has a follow-on book called Cats are Weird and More Observations. This one looks like its bare-bones test drive. There ain’t much to it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eva Therese

    The book consists of a lot of comic strips, usually nine panels long, and a few big pictures, featuring Misty the cat just being a cat. There's no anthropomorphising and while some of the strips have a point in the last image only a very few have what could be described as a punchline. So it's not a new Garfield, if that's what you're looking for. Basically, the comics show Misty drawn in funny and/or cute situations, in much the same way that I might take a short video of one of my cats playing The book consists of a lot of comic strips, usually nine panels long, and a few big pictures, featuring Misty the cat just being a cat. There's no anthropomorphising and while some of the strips have a point in the last image only a very few have what could be described as a punchline. So it's not a new Garfield, if that's what you're looking for. Basically, the comics show Misty drawn in funny and/or cute situations, in much the same way that I might take a short video of one of my cats playing or just hanging around. As a person who shares my home and income with three cats (what the unenlightened call a 'cat owner') I found the strips funny and very relatable. Almost every single one made me go "Oh, yeah. Mine does that too." The artwork is pretty and soft in grey tones. I especially liked the way Misty was drawn every time he went nuts and started to playbite; all huge, dark eyes and impossible teeth. Recommend for cat people, who wants realistic cats in their comics.

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