Aby-a-Day – 17 April: Pages 6 and 7 (Selfie Sunday)

Björn was interviewed by the Göteborgs-Posten last Thursday bay a reporter doing a piece about Migrationsverket and the “love migration process” and people like us who either have a partner trying to move to be with them or who are that partner, and an article was published in last Saturday’s paper (that’s the big paper of the week there, Saturday instead of Sunday, so you have two days to read it all).

This was the main photo they used on the web version of the story and in the newspaper itself.


This is the front of the newspaper…

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Look who made it to page 1!


This is the spread on pages 6 & 7 with sidebars about other aspects of Migrationsverket and Swedes waiting for their partners.


Interestingly, this isn’t the first time someone I know has been featured on the front of a major publication.

Postcards from an Aby - Your Cat Magazine, Oct. 2012

Not only that…he also had a spread on pages 6 & 7! Björn and Jacoby…media superstars!

Other People’s Aby’s – Rufus och Flora i Västerbotten, Sverige

And the Swedish influence on my blog is already starting.

Björn and I went to ICA to get groceries and we happened to check the magazine section. I’ve had a link to Kattliv (Sweden’s biggest cat magazine) for years now, but this was the first time I’d seen a hard copy of the magazine itself.

Of course I had to leaf through it. I mean, it’s a cat magazine!

And what do you suppose I found?

An article about two Abyssinians! Their names are Rufus and Flora and they live on a farm in Legdeå, a small town between Umeå and Skellefteå in the Västerbotten region in northern Sweden.

They seem to have an awesome life ruling their humans, hanging out with horses, stalking chickens and hunting rats. I haven’t read the whole article, yet…but now I have something to practice with Björn!

Abys are Everywhere – Cat Fancy, now and then

As I’m sure you’ve heard, after 50 years, Cat Fancy’s last issue is now on the newsstands. You cant miss it: Not only does it have a huge “50” on the cover, but there’s also an Abyssinian kitten!

It’s not gone, gone…it’s “reinvented” itself as Catster Magazine to appeal to people who like to look at cats on the internet and will come out every other month. But it’s not the same. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like looking at at cats on the internet as much as the next person. But there’s something about reading a magazine that’s been around your whole life, you know?

I always keep an eye out for old back issues that feature Abyssinians (I wish I still had my old copies from when I was in high school). A few weeks ago, I found this issue from 2003 on eBay. While I knew it had an Aby on the cover, as well as a feature article on the breed, I didn’t know about the bonus Aby.

Check out the cat food ad on the back cover! There was no mention of this little guy in the eBay listing…but isn’t it a great ad?

Yeah, I’m going to really miss Cat Fancy.

Sad news…Cat Fancy Magazine is dead

I just found out that Cat Fancy Magazine is ceasing publication. A friend sent me this very sad link: Who Killed Cat Fancy?”


It’s a good article. But it’s sad. Cat Fancy was started in 1965, the year I was born. The last issue I got in the mail – just this week, in fact – had an overall tone of excitement for its 50th year in print. Apparently, the announcement that they were closing down came before presstime.

I’ve had a subscription to Cat Fancy, off and on, since I was about 10. It was never my favourite – I actually preferred Cats Magazine, which was an East Coast-based publication geared more towards breeders and showing – but I still loved Cat Fancy and appreciated its arrival in my mailbox every month. I have a subscription through 2016, and was actually just considering extending it.

Evidently, the magazine is being reborn as “Catster“…but it won’t be the same.

Aby-a-Day – December 9: Cat Collectives (Cartoon Tuesday)

A couple of months ago, I was asked to do some illustrations for a piece my friend Iris wrote for CFA’s Cat Talk magazine.

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The article proposed names for groups of specific breeds of cats, including a Streak of Abyssinians, an Insistence of Burmese, a Salon of LaPerms, an Abbreviation of Manx, a Summit of Himalayans, a Tartan of Scottish Folds, a Wail of Siamese, a Gulf of Tonkinese, and a Convoy of Turkish Vans.

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I drew groups of Devon Rexes, Balinese and, since I couldn’t come up with a good idea for “Streak,” Somalis.

somalis with text

It’s kind of fun to draw other breeds – or, at least, different colours and patterns!

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – November 11: Lest We Forget (Cartoon Tuesday)

Having spent November 11th both Canada and the US, I can tell you that the holiday is celebrated a bit differently in each country. It’s more than just the different names.


It may have to do with the fact that Canada entered WWI almost 3 years before the States and entered WWII more than two years before the States were, and as consequently had a larger percentage of its population killed and wounded in the two wars. I reckon that makes the holiday more about Remembrance and a bit less about…pre-holiday shopping.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Vote for Jacoby to be featured in Moderncat Magazine!

Please, please, please vote for Jacoby to win a professional photo shoot and a two-page spread in an upcoming issue of Modern Cat magazine!


Don’t hold back! The cat receiving the most votes in Moderncat’s Star Cat competition will appear in a two-page feature in an upcoming issue of Moderncat magazine and will take part in a photo shoot orchestrated by Moderncat. The contest closes on 21 January, 2014, and here’s the best part: You can vote for each cat once every 12 hours! According to the rules, votes made from computers on a shared internet connection are counted as a single vote (i.e one vote per office/home per 12 hours).

Let’s get our Jake into a magazine! Vote, please!