In a world where humanoid cat people keep cute little humans as pets, average cat-guy Steve Catson relies on his lazy, testy, slovenly pet man Manfried to get him through heartaches, tribulations, and challenges of being single, underemployed, and lonely. It's like a Garfield comic strip in reverse!
In this hilarious graphic novel, the roles of cats and humans are reversed, putting humanoid felines in charge of tiny, dimwitted little man-pets.
Manfried is a stray taken in by Steve Catson, a slacker with a dead-end job and nonexistent love life. Soon Manfried becomes the Garfield to Steve’s Jon Arbuckle: lazy, selfish, and sometimes maddening in his weird human behavior. Yet the pair depends on each other to get through life’s troubles. When Manfried runs away, Steve musters his meager resources to find his best man-friend and bring him home safe. Ultimately, both Steve and Manfried realize they’re capable of so much more than they thought.
“A simple tale of affection, devotion, and worry...though its narrative beats are familiar, that makes them no less adorable.”—Vulture
“There’s something in this story that can resonate with everyone - even if you’re more of a dog person.”—Newsarama
“Anyone who loves their pets as much as (or more than) they do other humans will happily read it cover to cover.”—Philadelphia Life
“A delightful twist on the human/cat relationship.”—Library Journal
“An entertaining and often laugh-out-loud twist on reality.”—Foreword Reviews
“A surprisingly sweet story about companionship.”—Publishers Weekly
“There's real emotional heft to the tale...but the humour of the premise, Kelly Bastow's bright, simple art, and a hopeful ending that revolves around friendship, keeps everything ultimately sweet.”—Book Mine Set
“Readers get a glimpse of an entire feline-run world, rife with animal puns and little nude men yelling ‘Hey!’”—Publishers Weekly