Felix, Holiday Cat Gets a Clue
Here’s a special treat for the Holidays, my wife Cathy has done a special color drawing for the Catblog, featuring special ornaments of a steam engine and Laurel and Hardy. Laurel is an icicle design and Hardy is a nice round glass ornament. If you look a little further under the tree, Felix is here from 2-28 to 3-12-1932. I love how Messmer uses shadows in the 2-29 and 3-1. The 3-3 strip is highlighted by the “Saved by a Shiver” line in the last panel, as Felix narrowly escapes being “plugged” by a gangster. In the 3-9, a “depression in crime” robs Felix of his feast which he earned by capturing the whole bunch of criminals. Felix is mysteriously shot by large white pellets in the 3-10 to 3-12 strips. All the farm animals are knocked out in the 3-12 by the same pellets. I love the little house and the fence in the background of the last panel in the 3-12, just pure pen and ink magic! The Catblog wishes you the best for the Holidays, be they Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa. Thanks for reading and don’t forget the Catblog in 2023.
Cameron M. says:
Mr. Kausler, your wife is so talented! Not too long ago, I had a chance to read and see “The Dance of the Pen”…it was as if I had been transported back to the early 1950s. I could see myself picking that one off the shelf, and being totally enamored with it. Just beautiful from start to finish, and I especially liked the rhyming style and flow of the prose!
Her style is such a throwback, and it is nice to see that some of these classic ways of doing things haven’t been totally forgotten. It is wonderful to know you are both still doing what you love…and you’ve done a lot to keep some great old stuff in the realm of public knowledge and historical preservation.
May you and yours have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Thanks for all your great comments, Cameron. Have a great Holiday season for you and your family as well.