There are few things we enjoy more than comic books and cats here. Whether it’s the former or the latter, felines have won our hearts, and that’s all there is. Whether you fall into one of these categories, Scott Metzger’s cartoons are for you!
The Northern California cartoonist has been drawing cats since 1996, giving him an impressive 26 years of experience in the field! Metzger’s depiction of our beloved felines’ absurd and human-like behaviour has been fine-tuned over years of painting their daily adventures with their owners. His work is a much-needed antidote to today’s world, where we all feel lost from time to time, thanks to the artist’s engaging sense of humour, the cheerful style, and positivism.
Cats continue to be a mystery to us humans, even though we spend a lot of time with them. Scott Metzger has been drawing animal cartoons since 1996 to help people understand what it’s like to live with these adorable creatures. His hilarious nature in his single-panel drawings could explain some of the ‘cat logic’ that appears incomprehensible at first.
Scott is the lucky owner of a litter of beautiful felines, and he frequently draws inspiration from them.
“In addition to my two cats, I have a dog and a parrot. Both animals are rescues,” he told us.
“Hannah is a cross between a Siamese and a Calico. My wife and our 10-year-old daughter are unquestionably her favourites. Max, the tuxedo cat, adores humans. He’ll take whatever laps he can get.”
The artist stated that he has been drawing cartoons for the past 22 years because he enjoys making others laugh. It’s beautiful when a joke hits home with people or when someone says they laughed out loud at a ridiculous cat animation.
“A few weeks ago, a woman contacted me, saying she suffers from depression and that my animal comics make her laugh and feel better. That was a fantastic surprise.”
Please scroll down to see his best comics and vote for your favourites. You can find more funny cartoons depicting the realities of cat ownership in our previous blogs, which can be found here and here.
“My artistic style has evolved significantly over the years and will continue to grow. The drawings were a little poor in the early days; when I was learning Adobe Illustrator, Scott Metzger, the artist of these fantastic cat comics,” told Bored Panda in an interview.
“What I’m sketching now is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I’ve drawn a variety of subjects in the past, but now I’m more likely to include cats and dogs in my cartoons since they’re more pleasurable to draw,” he added.
We wanted to check in with Scott because we hadn’t spoken with him in three years for the last piece. The cartoonist has now published two collections of cat cartoons: Being Awesome Is Exhausting, and There Are 50 Ways to Wake Your Human. I enjoy communicating with patrons and sharing behind-the-scenes information – it’s a fantastic platform, and I appreciate their kind support! Since our previous conversation, he told me that his Patreon page was performing well.” He claimed that it was a lot of fun.
The cartoonist revealed that he’d always had a thing for cats. “Samantha, my first pet, was a black cat. We adopted her when I was a senior in high school, and she died when I was a sophomore in college. When she died, we had a golden retriever named Spice, a real sweetheart. It’s no secret that I like cats and dogs.”
“I now have two cats: Max, who would cheerfully sit on any lap, and Hannah, who becomes upset when her owner picks her up. Hannah is nearly muttering, damn it. Put my name down. As you might think, Scott gets a lot of fodder for his jokes from them both.”
Cats, the cartoonist claims, are a lot of fun to draw and supply a lot of content. Those who comment, “That looks just like my cat” are the best compliments.” It’s beautiful as a writer to connect with your readers.
Scott has indicated that he is now working on a book of dog drawings that he expects to publish in early summer. What do you hope to achieve in the future? He was curious.
“I’m looking forward to finishing a project that has been put on hold for various reasons.”
“The simplest way to express your gratitude to Scott or any other artist is to credit or tag them when they publish their work on social media or, if you’re on Facebook, share straight from the artist’s Facebook page. Those who can afford it may also support my work by becoming a patron on my Patreon website,” the musician conveyed his appreciation to his followers and readers.”
The benefits of comics
Comic books aren’t just about superheroes and villains. They aren’t just for boys, though. There is something for everyone in the comics and graphic novels available, including comedies, dramas, science fiction, and fantasy.
For many years, comic books had a bad reputation. Children would hide them in real books to avoid the strict confines of the classroom. Comic books have the apparent advantage of being more entertaining and easier to read than traditional novels. Even young children, who are unlikely to be interested in more conventional types of literature, may find this appealing. Comic books based on popular television or film franchises, such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, appeal to reluctant readers the most.
A comic book will not put off readers who are put off by a lengthy text page. The use of short, digestible words and additional visible and audible elements conveys context (such as character sighs or door bangs). Children with autism, for example, can learn a lot about emotion recognition from comic books, making them an excellent resource for children who struggle with reading. While reading an ordinary book may be difficult for children with dyslexia, they usually feel accomplished after finishing a comic book page.
As a result, they give those unsure of their surroundings a sense of security. The visuals in a comic book can teach children with autism about detecting different emotions.
In inferring an answer, evidence and reasoning are used—a necessary component of good comprehension and a valuable life skill for all young children to learn. Comic books can help develop inference skills in a young audience by encouraging them to read between the line and draw meaning from the imagery, and inferring what the narrator does not explicitly say maybe a problematic reading method for children who enjoy comic books.