Coda

Posting these cat-cartoons-without-the-cartoon was a long journey that I don’t know if I’ll repeat soon again. A daily blog is tough … even when you have your material handed to you! But, I couldn’t have done it without the artwork from the following contributors of the Valley Cottage Calendar The 2011 Cat: Cartoon-A-Day Calendar (edited by Sam Gross):

Ed Arno, Aaron Bacall, Isabella Bannerman, Donna Barstow, Simon Bond, George Booth, Art Bouthillier, Orlando Busino, John Caldwell, John Callahan, Dave Carpenter, Roz Chast, Tom Cheney, Artemis Cole, Daniel Collins, Jack Corbett, Frank Cotham, Michael Crawford, Leo Cullum, Aldon Dedini, Steve Delmonte, Liza Donnelly, Nick Downes, Boris Drucker, Joseph Farris, Edward Frascino, Filie Galindo (Feggo), Mort Gerberg, Randy Glasbergen, Sam Gross, Sidney Harris, Jonny Hawkins, Mark Heath, Diego Herrera (Yayo), William Hoest, Phil Interlandi, George Jartos, John Kane, Jerry King, Robert Leighton, Arnie Levin, Lo Linkert, Bill Long, Mike Lynch, Theresa McCracken, Jerry Marcus, Henry Martin, Scott Masear, Michael Maslin, Rip Matteson, Bill Maul, P.S. Mueller, Mary Nadler, Richard Oldden, Don Orehek, Stephanie Piro, Peter Porges, Arturo Pottier, John Reeves, Doug Reina, Dan Reynolds, J.P. Rini, Charles Rodrigues, Tony Rosa, Al Ross, Thomas Runyan, Charles Sauers, Brian Savage, Bernard Schoenbaum, Dan Shanahan, Mike Shapiro, Vahan Shirvanian, David Sipress, Peter Steiner, Mick Stevens, Rick Stromoski, Fred H. Thomas, Mark Tonra, George Trosley, Mike Twohy, Matthew Van Fleet, P.C. Vey, John S. P. Walker, Kim Warp, Alex Noel Watson, Chris Weyant, Gahan Wilson, Paul Wood, Bill Woodman, Andy Wyatt, Bob Zahn, Jack Ziegler

This experiment was not intended to take the place of the calendar or art and all mistakes are expressly mine. And finally, thanks to all of you who have looked in and enjoyed!

Joe

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December 31, 2011

Father Time is riding out his last few minutes of being the temporal keeper for 2011; he sits in an easy chair with a calendar showing “Dec 31” behind him and a grandfather clock pointing to the time of 11:53.

While looking at his wristwatch count down the final minutes, Father Time is distracted by Baby New Year, who stands off to the left crying and pointing at a cat racing across the foreground with Baby New Year’s “2012” sash gripped in his teeth.

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December 30, 2011

A happy young lady shares a table at a tony restaurant with her cat; they both wear festive, cone-shaped party hats. The woman gaily says to the tuxedoed server, “One martini and one glass of milk.” The cat does not appear to be enjoying the woman’s delight.

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December 29, 2011

A man is in his comfortably appointed living room in a reading chair: a bookshelf in the background bears many titles, the sofa is of a modern minimalist design and is occupied by two cats, both stretched out, a coffee table in the foreground holds several magazines. Turning his head from his book and looking over his shoulder at the cats, the man says, “What are you guys doing New Year’s Eve?”

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December 28, 2011

Two impressively coifed women share conversation in a sparse drawing room; one woman sits on a sofa upon which a half-dozen cats are lounging. She says to her smiling friend, “Christmas is such a challenge. They have everything.”

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December 27, 2011

Two cats sit on their haunches before a stereotypical  mouse hole in the baseboards, above which is written “Merry X-mas” with an arrow pointing to the hole. One cat is saying to the other, “It’s the gift that keeps giving.”

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December 26, 2011

Santa appears to be at the North Pole, sleigh piled with gifts, elves standing in the background looking on. The jolly old elf is holding the reins, looking on at his team of coursers who, this time, are cats.

The cats are in all manner of poses: sleeping, sitting, fighting, and just ignoring their own situation.

The title to the cartoon is: Christmas was a little late this year.

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