Publisher: Quirk Books
Author/Artist: Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow
Release: May 1st 2018
I received a copy of Manfried the Man from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I’ve been a fan of the Manfried the Man comics for ages, so when I saw that there was a book coming out with the same title; I knew I had to give it a try. For the sake of honesty I’m going to tell you that I was expecting this to be a compilation of the comics I’ve seen online. It wasn’t. It was so much more than that.
I should probably take a moment to explain the Manfried comics a little bit. This is a world where cats are anthropomorphized and humans are pets. So Manfried is basically this naked little dude (a tabby one, to boot), running around acting in manners that we would expect from a normal cat; while his owner, Steve is a cat the goes to work in order to afford his pet the best man food he can get. The flip is pretty hilarious, and I’m impressed by how far Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow are willing to take it at times.
Manfried the Man is the story of Manfried and his cat owner (Steve Catson). Instead of being a series of short stories or one-shot comics, this is a full-fledged story about these two wonderful and adorable characters. I knew it was going to be cute and funny, but I honestly wasn’t expecting the level of emotions I experienced while reading this graphic novel.
I love the point behind this whole story; I won’t ruin it for you, you have to read it for yourself. But there actually is a moral to the story, and it’s really sweet and as an animal lover myself I’m so happy that it was included.
I’m so happy this graphic novel was created and is being published. I sincerely hope we see more along this vein from Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow – they are seriously talented creative team. If you’re a fan of the comics you’ll enjoy this read. And bonus, if you pick up a copy you’ll be supporting an artist you love!