I Was the Cat

I Was the Cat

Graphic Novel - 2014
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Allison Breaking is a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay, so when she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it's an offer she can't refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison's ever known because he's a cat. And this cat has stories to tell about how he (over the course of a few lifetimes) has shaped the world and another, darker, story that Allison must risk all to uncover... a story of what this particular cat has been doing with the last of his nine lives.
Publisher: Portland, OR : Oni Press, Inc., 2014
ISBN: 9781620101391
1620101394
Characteristics: 186 p. : chiefly color ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dewey, Ben 1980-

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microserfs
Jan 05, 2017

This was a fun read and I really liked the artwork, especially how Burma was drawn but unfortunately the plot wasn’t good. The whole idea of having different lives within a cat’s nine lives was a really neat idea but I felt like I would have enjoyed it more if Burma hadn’t been so old, if he had started in the early 1900’s instead of in Ancient Egypt. Then the author could have really focused on explaining stories in detail rather than vague overviews of important events, such as when he “lead” Napoleon and made it sound like he had a lot to do with his conquering when the only scene we get is Burma pointing to a map and telling him to attack. There were also huge gaps, like between Ancient Egypt which then jumps to the Elizabethan era.

Also I feel like there is always this divide between “cat people” vs “dog people” but I really love all animals so I was quite sad to see all the dogs being killed in this novel as well as the cat that got run over, fairly graphic and might not be for everyone, especially if someone picks this up because they are a cat lover.

Lastly, one little nit-picky thing that bothered me was that Audrey Hepburn didn’t look like herself! The author got the clothing and style very spot on but any of the close up’s on her face didn’t look like her which I thought was strange. It wouldn’t be hard to draw her accurately since this was basically a retelling of history.

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Sabinlerose
Oct 11, 2016

Would recommend for the artwork alone. However the plot is a mess.

Its a shame the two divergent plots didn't actually culminate in anything meaningful. The concept is wonderful but the execution just falls flat. Left me just asking "What was the point?" at the end.

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ncparrish
Nov 04, 2015

Pretty great idea, reminds me of Time Cat. Nice art too. But the story is pretty stupid throughout. I mean aside from the talking cat, nothing is really believable or natural. The whole flow seems awkward & forced, as if there was never an editing stage. I'd give the art 4 stars & the writing 2.

Laura_X Jul 02, 2015

I highly recommend this beautifully illustrated, and compelling story for teens.

About Allison Breaking who takes the job to write the memoirs of the talking cat, Burma, who recounts the tales of his previous 8 lives and how he's managed to alter the course of history since antiquity. Despite the mini history lesson it is completely engaging. You learn about his past, as well as contemplate his intentions in this life.

The ending is really smart -- and, you are left wondering if this was right decision... "What would you do?"

This comic has been nominated for an Eisner award in the kids (8-12) category, which is a confusing mistake. Not the nomination... just the category.

This isn't a kids comic: features references to drugs, sex, murder, and debauchery; it includes some nudity and profanity; it is quite dialogue heavy; and the characters are young professionals (not children). I believe this would be more appropriate and interesting to teens.

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Marf
May 19, 2015

J'aurais aimé une vraie fin plutôt que ce qui est présenté. Un peu décevant.

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Sabinlerose
Oct 31, 2016

Sabinlerose thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Laura_X Jul 02, 2015

Laura_X thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Laura_X Jul 02, 2015

Allison: The Horror of war is that it's never worth the cost in life. -- Burma: No... The real horror of war is that, sometimes, it is.

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