I love Grumpy Cat. Well, all cats really, but Grumpy Cat reminds me a bit of my sweet kitty, Beau, that I had in college (similar personalities, but Beau lacked a grumpy face), so I love her more than most other kitties. I’m no stranger to purchasing cat items, especially Grumpy items (even hand-painted Toms with Grumpy AND Lil Bub). If it has a cat, chances are good I’ll buy it.
My Grumpy Cat loving heart squeed with joy when I first read there was going to be a Grumpy Cat comic. Unbeknownst to me, the comic lovers of the world were also pretty excited for this comic. I was unaware I needed to rush to the store first thing the morning it released to snag a copy, and by the time I went in the afternoon, all the stores near me were sold out. I had to take to the Internet to get my kitty comic fix.
The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey #1 was released on October 7, 2015 by Dynamite. As I mentioned, I had to order online and wait. It arrived yesterday and we immediately sat down to read it. I figured it would make for a safe, enjoyable, and most excellent first comic book read for my Nugget (not his real name, that’s just what we call him). He thinks grumpy people/creatures (think Anger from Inside Out or Raphael from old school TMNT) are hilarious, so I thought this would be a perfect intro to comics for him.
It begins with Pokey finding a hidden treasure map that he shows to Grumpy proclaiming it will make them rich. Turns out the treasure is in a haunted mansion and Pokey convinces Grumpy to help him get it by offering a weeks worth of kitty treats. There’s also an incident with watching TV and visiting Comic Con. They also go (begrudgingly, of course) on some superhero adventures as Super Pokey and Grumpy Cat: Paws of Justice – this was my favorite of the stories.
The stories are pretty basic, but I will say I felt a little let down at the end of each one as they seemed to end somewhat abruptly. While Pokey stayed true to his Internet persona of being sweet and over-eager, Grumpy didn’t so much. To me, Grumpy is apathetic about life and is a curmudgeon of sorts. However, in the comic, she is downright mean and has a motive (in some of the storylines), which is not in the true spirit of the Grumpy Cat I feel I know.
Despite this, I had a great time reading it with my son. I think this is a great comic for cat-lovers, Grumpy lovers, and the younger crowd. The stories were cute because hello, adorable kitties, and easy to follow (especially for kids). The artwork was amazing and really helped to pull the comic along. I hope in #2 we see more of the apathetic and less of the bitchy Grumpy.
Did you get or do you plan to purchase any of the Grumpy Cat and Pokey comics?