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Cats vs Dogs

One of the interesting things about making comics is that you never know how they’ll be received. I’ll do a comic I think is sub-par, and people will love it. I thought this one was pretty good, and it wasn’t well received. I saw a ton of many comments that basically amounted to #notallcats. I saw one person say how this comic was probably based on assumptions. I saw lots of pictures of cats curled up to baby bumps. Welp, here comes the hormonal lady pregnancy rant:

Your cat acts completely different from my cat? Wow that’s so amazing! I thought all cats were exactly the same, and generalizations about animals meant that all cat behaves exactly the same. You don’t relate to this cartoon? Thank you so much for letting me know! I’ll be sure to only make comics that every single person in America can relate to, because ALL comics should speak to your individual experience. And if they don’t you should definitely let everyone know “this comic doesn’t resonate with me.” Because I genuinely give a crap. (sarcasm note: I genuinely do not.)

Also, if you expect cats to be kind and loving, you’re completely missing the point of cats. The ones who are assholes are absolutely delightful.

So that’s the end of my rant. I’m half joking, a quarter serious, and a good chunk of that is a combination of hormones and fatigue. I guess my takeaway from this is to tread lightly when talking about animals, but jokes about kids and babies are totally cool.

About carrtoons@gmail.com

Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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