Aby-a-Day – October 6: Christmas Déjà vu (Cartoon Tuesday)

Björn found another holiday cartoon I drew while clearing the basement storage for the imminent arrival of all my crap. This one was a quick sketch I drew, without pencil, for his then-girlfriend Titti back in 1997 when I was living in San Francisco with my two Siamese Harri and Patrick.

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A quick sketch like that? Of course I didn’t remember it after 18 years. But when he showed it to me on Sunday when he discovered it I was instantly struck with the similarity of this little scribble of Patrick and Harri to this cartoon I did in 2013 starring, of course, Jacoby and Angel:

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I mean, okay, the joke is different…but the basic dynamic is very similar. I’m also amused that Harri seems to have transitioned from being the “goofball” (aka Jake) character into being the “intelligent straight-man” (aka Angel) character with the introduction of Patrick, who was younger, rather than Sigrid, who – like Angel – was older than Harri. Or, the girlcat is always smarter…when there is no girlcat, the older cat is smarter.

Still…interesting to see an embryonic idea become a full-fledged cartoon years later…even if it was a complete accident!

Aby-a-Day – January 21: Wordless Wednesday (21st Century Mouser)

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Aby-a-Day – January 6: Or, What You Will (Cartoon Tuesday)

Today is Twelfth Night, the day my mother always told me was the day that all the holiday decorations were to be taken down.

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Of course, there is no better tree-taker-downer than an Abyssinian. Perhaps they’re a little too helpful?

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

Aby-a-Day – January 3: “Present” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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One of Jacoby’s Christmas presents was a collar-mounted laser pointer from ThinkGeek.

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Jake loves lasers. If I make the “laser pointer sound” (mimicking the chattering he makes when he sees it), he will come running.

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In fact, he’s even figured out how to turn on the Dart laser toy by himself, so he can play with it whenever he wants (I just haven’t been able to get any photos of him doing it yet).

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It took him a little bit to get used to the idea that the red dot was kind of following him around.

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He needed to test it out a little before he really started playing with it.

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But once Jake got the idea…he was off! Watch him chasing the red dot!

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Up and down the hallway! What fun! This is the best present ever!

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After he got tired of running, Jake and his laser pointer took on the ultimate challenge…

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…The Christmas lights!

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Keep your eye on that red dot, Jake!

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Good luck!

Aby-a-Day – January 2: Prêt à Porter de Paris (Fashion Friday)

Jacoby and I did a little holiday gift swap with our Facebook friend Juliette Mok.

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Juliette made an admiring comment on Jake’s bomber jacket, and wanted to get one for her Aby, Lamé.

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Juliette and Lamé live in Paris, so she couldn’t just order the bomber jacket from Petco. So I offered to buy it and mail it to her.

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In exchange, she offered to send me something from ZooPlus, a French pet store.

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We picked the Norwegian Sweater. To go with it, Jake also got this Scandinavian-style scarf.

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The scarf is a little wide for Jake’s neck, I think…but the sweater is magnificent. Feline fashion direct from Paris!

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I think Jake likes it, too…thank you, Juliette and Lamé!

And here is Lamé, in his new bomber jacket! Isn’t he dashing?

I also sent a bomber jacket to my friend Sanna-Leena in Finland for her fawn Aby, Sketsi.

Even though Sketsi lives in Helsinki, this was his first experience with snow. He also wore the knitted hat I sent him last winter. Maybe next time, I’ll need to send him some boots like Jake has, too.

Abyssinians are fashionable all over the world!

Aby-a-Day – December 30: Nipped Nog (Cartoon Tuesday)

Disclaimer: Do not give cats alcohol.

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Of course, there is no alcohol in this eggnog. It’s all catnip.

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

Aby-a-Day – December 27: “Smooth” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

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

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Jacoby got a new Tiny’s Tie from Sherry for Christmas.

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As you can see, it’s a Boston’s Bruins Tiny Tie.

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And, as you can also see, Jake’s looking pretty smooth wearing it.

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Cue the dramatic lighting!

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Whoa! Where the heck did that come from?!