Aby-a-Day – October 31: “Eerie” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Eerie.”

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As you saw yesterday, Os-car is a little eerie, especially with his ear bones.

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Jacoby seems to like him, though.

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The pair of them got to be pretty good friends, actually.

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That is, until Os-car decided he wanted to share the Finnish bed with Jake.

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Which he attempted to do by simply standing on Jake…which is actually pretty ironic, since that’s what Jake does when he wants to “share” one of the beds that one of the girls is already sleeping in.

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Not quite so funny when the shoe’s on the other paw, is it, Jake?

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“What. EVER.”

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“I can handle HIM.”

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“See? Problem solved…”

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“…like a boss.”

Aby-a-Day – October 30: Fun with Os-car (Fashion Friday)

Last year I managed to snag one of the last Kitty Bonez in Boston on Halloween. I thought I’d posted photos of him, but apparently I didn’t.

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So here he is this year all dressed up in Jacoby’s coat and hat for a pre-Halloween Fashion Friday!

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I named my Kitty Bonez Os-car, and he’s really pretty cute. He is roughly cat-sized, and fairly anatomically correct, with the addition of ear-bones! I guess the creators of Kitty Bonez thought he looked more like a cat with pointy triangle ears.

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Jacoby was very interested when I brought Os-car down this year and dressed him up. Jake examined him from his nose…

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…to the tip of his bony tail.

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“Seriously, Mom? Seriously?”

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Eventually, Jake retired to his catnip paper bag because the lighting was better to think, but Os-car followed him.

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“Honestly, can’t a cat get a little peace around here?”

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“Oh, well…I guess if it means she dresses you up instead of me, I guess I’ll let you hang around.”

Aby-a-Day – October 29: National Cat Day

Today is National Cat Day!

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According to the National Cat Day website, this holiday was canonised 10 years ago, in 2005, “to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.” So let’s toast our bond with our feline buddies with a treat!

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What do you think, Jake from State Farm? Would you like a treat for National Cat Day?

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I guess that’s a yes.

Aby-a-Day – October 28: Wordless Wednesday (Tail wash)

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Aby-a-Day – October 27: Behind the scenes of a cartoon (Cartoon Tuesday)

While I was looking for something else, I came across a couple of “idea sketches” I did for a pair of my holiday cartoons last year. I thought it was kind of interesting, so I figured I’d share them with you to show my process for cartooning.

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I often quickly sketch out an idea while I’m at work. I simply grab a sheet of copy paper and a pencil and draw the idea out of my head. In this case, it was an idea about Jacoby wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. And, of course, a joke about Angel’s eye.

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I happened to refine this sketch a bit on my iPad using an app called Paper. The wording for the joke itself was tweaked a bit from the original sketch.

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And here’s the final version. The sweater was actually created by taking several of the worst sweaters I could find in a Google Image search and compositing them together in Photoshop. I was trying to make the worst Christmas sweater EVER.

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This one changed a lot from the original sketch to the final cartoon. Originally, my idea of catnip eggnog had Jake a lot more goofy.

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But in the final version, Angel wins the day. I’m not sure why I decided to add a slam on football…other than I absolutely loathe it and hate what it does to Sundays (and Mondays, and Thursdays) for a quarter of the year in the United States.

Aby-a-Day – October 26: Nipper Madness (Miniature Monday)

As I mentioned last week, my friend Donna was selling her jewelry, cat toys and other goodies at the NEMO show

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After seeing Jacoby with that amazing catnip log, the miniature Jake had to check it out.

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He got a bit distracted with the mylar and feather wand toys…

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Oooooooh, sparkly!

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Finally, mini Jake discovered…the mother lode!

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He took a moment to pose nicely with the sign…

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…and then he kind of lost it.

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Yep, that’s some mighty fine catnip right there. I guess mini Jake won’t need to worry about getting glaucoma.

Aby-a-Day – October 25: Have WiFi, Will Facetime (Selfie Sunday)

The MBTA Commuter Rail system is not the greatest in the world, and its infrastructure could use an overhaul…but it does have free WiFi on most trains.

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So, on the way home from the NEMO show last week, Jacoby and I FaceTimed with Björn while we rode the rail.

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FaceTime is a huge part of our relationship. I shudder to think what we would do without it. Thank you, Roberto Garcia.