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Saturday, October 3, 2015

King-Cat Comics #75


48 pages, digest pages (5.5 x 8.5 inches) , $5 ppd in USA
John Porcellino
PO Box 142
South Beloit, IL 61080
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This issue of King-Cat is all about Maisie, first met by Porcellino way back in March 1992. Porcellino moved in with friends in Denver and knew right from the start that this "tiny little black cat" was trouble (she kept biting his dad's feet while he crashed in the living room after the move) in the best kind of way. The issue is charming, and especially so if you've ever had a kitty in your life, retelling Maisie's original story (Maisie wasn't her first name), her taste for sabotage on Christmas tree decorations, her disagreements with dogs (short lived!), her last name (it's explained, a little, in the issue), wearing a harness and riding in the car to make it through a move, more dogs (not good), going for walks, and a romp in the rain!

There's more of course but I don't want to ruin the sweet story -- it's a lovely tribute to a best friend in kitty form. As some of you know, I have a wee boy here, a diabetic Siamese, so I dig what Porcellino is saying here. The issue's got a drawing of Maisie on the front and I sat down and read it with my kitty; it was well-paced and the layout is clean and crisp. If for some reason you've missed King-Cat until now, it's well worth your time to start reading. This issue's quite good, with a compelling and sustained narrative throughout. I loved it. And I won't tell you what happens -- you'll have to get the issue to find out for yourself about Maisie -- but needless to say, it's a great read & most highly recommended.

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