Hi, I’m Olive. My cat Henry is my best friend. I saw a shooting star and wished he could hang out with me like a person.
I think I should have been more careful with my wording.
Collection of Benji Nates’s #1 webcomic Catboy from VICE.COM plus heaps of additional unreleased comics, Catboy fashion, and bonus artwork.
PB SC, 138 full-color pages, 6” x 9″, SILVER #078; SRP: $20
Purchase: Silver Sprocket Store
A young struggling artist wishes she could hang out with her cat like she would a person, and the rest is history. There’s all the cuteness you could imagine as they eat pizza, go to parties, apply for crappy jobs, and generally figure out the world together. If you’ve ever anthropomorphized your pet as thoroughly as I have and considered dressing them up in your clothes, Catboy is a match made in heaven.
Catboy perfectly captures much of the fumbling through life in your mid-20s experience that artists go often through. What makes this collection special is the inherent sweetness and charm that Nate approaches the subject matter with makes the reader come to love both Olive and Henry. In a world that is unkind to our protagonists we feel reassured in the knowledge that their friendship will pull them through.
It’s a new kind of punk attitude, one emphasizing sincerity, kindness and openness.
Catboy has an incredible, absurd sense of humor. There are some comics with hilarious punchlines that all play on the fact that Henry is a giant, sort of anthropomorphic cat, but Nate also sprinkles humorous moments throughout the series that often play on the uniqueness of Henry’s situation. For example, when Henry helps Olive haul art out to sell, he proclaims, “I’m never busy!” which is true! Cats are never busy! That killed me.