I found this book in Pendleton, OR at the same bookstore that I got the Max Cannon book, “Red Meat Gold”. If you are there for the Underground Tours, or the Roundup, pop in and check out their cartoon books. If you are on facebook, here is the fb link for the store.
I guess I picked it up because of the obvious cartoon content inside as indicated by the cover. I had never heard of this cat, but now after some research, I realize the critter is a certified animation star. At least on YouTube.
The author is generous with the cartoons in this book. The pages are not numbered, but the book is ¾ of an inch thick. For the rest of the world, that would be a little over 19 mm.
Tofield, the author, has a website, which includes the following:
Who is Simon Tofield?
Simon is an English animator who has a great interest in British wildlife, painting, the great outdoors and of course cats. Simon started animating at a very young age. Inspired by cartoons on TV, he used to create basic flip-books in an attempt to emulate the techniques he saw being used on screen.
Additionally, I see from that site that this is the first of three publications. And for those of us in the US, the latest book offers exclusive US content. So, rest of the world, eat your hearts out.
Also, from the internet, well, from Wikipedia, we have:
Simon’s Cat is an animated cartoon series by the British animator Simon Tofield featuring a hungry house cat who uses increasingly heavy-handed tactics to get its owner to feed it.
The “Washington Post” has a nice Q&A with Tofield.
I lifted the following from this Q&A as I found it quite enlightening. Please give the site a look. I have found that it takes a while to load, but well worth the wait.
I always take the time to read feedback on the videos and it is saddening when you see negative comments. But I’m very lucky to have a fantastically supportive audience, who are mostly hugely encouraging. I’m really greatful for this, and after my cats, the audience is the greatest inspiration to make more films with their constant requests for “More! More!”
Here is the YouTube link to a whole bunch of his cartoons. I see that some of the cartoons in this book might have been rough sketches for the animated cartoons. Or, maybe it was the other way around.
In any case, let us go to some of the cartoons in the above book.
Cats and Birds. Birds and Cats. Can’t have one without the other, ♫ ♪…
Some times the bird gets the best of the cat.
And sometimes it’s a push.
It is not always the birds giving the cat aggravation.
Garden Gnomes play a big part in many of the cartoons and animations. I don’t think I have ever seen a Garden Gnome in my town, but then I do not live in the UK.
Several of the cartoons in this book span two or more pages. Here are two of them.
They really read better if spread out horizontally, but the above seem to work as vertical panels. Well, on to a couple of single panel jokes.
The next joke kind of sums up the theme of the cartoons; the cat wants to be fed and all else is unimportant.
And in closing…