"In Penny: A Graphic Memoir, the Boston-based artist spins a few dozen variations on 'I wonder what that loveable furball is thinking?' and makes you like it… His photorealistic line and deft watercolors…make Penny irresistible, even for feline skeptics."
–The New York Times Book Review
Told through a collection of stories, Penny: A Graphic Memoir wanders through her colorful imagination as she recalls her humble beginnings on the streets of New York and waxes poetic about the realities of her sheltered life living in an apartment with her owners.
Filled with ennui, angst, and vivid dreams, Penny proves that being a cat is more profound than we once thought. A unique blend of high art and humor, Penny: A Graphic Memoir perfectly portrays one cat's struggles between her animal instincts, her philosophical reflections, and the lush creature comforts of a life with human servants.
- DISTINCTIVE, BEAUTIFUL, AND FUNNY: Reading like a highbrow Garfield, this unique dose of sardonic wit and cat content combines humor and storytelling with Karl Stevens' very realistic illustration style. Fresh and imaginative, this graphic novel feels familiar and accessible, featuring one of the world's most beloved animals.
- IMPRESSIVE AND DECORATED AUTHOR: Karl Stevens has written four graphic novels, and his comics have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, Village Voice, and Boston Phoenix. His work has been well received all around, and The Lodger was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist.
- UNIQUE GIFT FOR CAT LOVERS: For cat lovers who have all the classic cat humor books, this is something new that's both unique but familiar, combining a new voice with stunning artwork in a fresh format. For anyone who wonders what their cat is thinking, this book is pitch-perfect, and the gorgeous artwork and package make it a delightful present.
Karl Stevens is a graphic novelist and painter whose comics have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, Village Voice (where this series premiered), and Boston Phoenix. Stevens' graphic novels include Whatever (2008), The Lodger (2010), Failure (2013), and The Winner (2018). He lives in Boston with his wife and their
overlords cats, Penny and Pepper.
"In Penny: A Graphic Memoir, the Boston-based artist spins a few dozen variations on 'I wonder what that loveable furball is thinking?' and makes you like it…His photorealistic line and deft watercolors…make Penny irresistible, even for feline skeptics."
–The New York Times Book Review
"Penny and her surroundings are grounded in reality, with Stevens’ detailed illustrations, including exceptionally well-done crosshatching and shading, pulling the reader into her world…this is sure to delight cat lovers."
"Stevens employs his detailed and stylistic realism to nice comic effect [his] clever send-up should delight the feline faithful."
"What sets Penny apart from the cat crowd is Stevens’s skill at depicting her. A bit snub-nosed, like an English shorthair, Penny is shown in both her most graceful and most endearingly awkward poses, always identifiably feline and yet with an obvious intelligence and focus that makes her most lofty thoughts credible. It’s this clear-eyed love and attention that makes Penny stand out, revealing, as great authors do, that even the smallest life may be full of interest — and profound."
–The Arts Fuse
“Penny is a major literary figure--right up there with Madame Bovary.”—David Sedaris
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