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As everyone on the internet heard, Grumpy Cat passed away.

Psycho Bunny inquires Grumpy about life after death. Per usual, she hates it.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.

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Psycho Bunny, Grumpy Cat, the afterlife. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. May 2019.

I’ll be at Cradle Con and IncrediCon next month, selling my latest comic:

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Squeaky Squeakums with her demon friend. Comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Released May 2019.

Social media links:

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

 

Stay tuned for more blog posts. Including East Coast Comic Con 2019 and Killing Joke.

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There’s been so much global strife lately. The U.S. isn’t faring any better. In the mist of all the upheaval, we learned that a certain cat named Tardar Sauce recently passed away. Better known to everyone as “Grumpy Cat“, the cat was only seven years old.

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Grumpy Cat confronts Alf. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. 2018. Originally posted on Sketch Lottery (Now defunct website).

Around 2011 or 2012, the internet started exploding with celebrity animals, particularly cats. From the humble beginnings of memes posted on site like Reddit, the LOLcat phenomenon grew. The original Holy Trinity of internet cats were Colonial Meow, Grumpy Cat, and Lil Bub. Now only Lil Bub remains.

I met Tardar Sauce back in summer 2014. It was a book signing at Barnes & Noble, the Union Square location in Manhattan, NYC. There was an opportunity to meet this infamous Grumpy Cat, in town to promote her latest book The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat.” 

When I arrived at the bookstore to secure my position on line, there was a mother and son team. The duo were the first fans in line, wearing matching Grumpy Cat shirts. A few elder crazy cat ladies showed up. As the crowd developed, Grumpy’s fan base were from all backgrounds and ages. Despite her disgruntled disposition, Tardar Sauce made a national impact.

The strangest part was not the press, nor the hype. When Grumpy Cat arrived to the signing, half the crowd started screaming as if it was Beatlemania.

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Posing with Grumpy Cat. August 2014.

Grumpy branched out into mass merchandising. Besides books, there was beverages, clothing, calendars, even a comic. At the time of her death, Grumpy had stamped her well marketed paw on perfume and Sketcher footwear.

 

Here’s my Grumpy Cat portrait, done back in 2012.

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Grumpy Cat painting. Materials: Gouache, pen. Dec. 2012. Painting by Michele Witchipoo.

Today’s ‘Caturday’ post is dedicated to Grumpy Cat.

Rest in peace Grumpy. (April 4, 2012 – May 14, 2019)

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This might brighten your day.

Grumpy Cat painting. Materials: Gouache, pen. Dec. 2012. Painting by Michele Witchipoo.

Grumpy Cat painting. Materials: Gouache, pen. Dec. 2012. Painting by Michele Witchipoo.

Introducing Tartar Sauce, a.k.a ‘Grumpy cat.’ The hottest internet meme as of this posting. Enjoy my painting.

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If it wasn’t for my parents, I don’t think I would’ve gone through with a Thanksgiving dinner today. Cause when you really think about it, Thanksgiving is a metaphor for celebrating imperialism, genocide, gluttony, and for some, blatant capitalism the next day. For the dysfunctional, we get together with people. We force ourselves to be ‘nice’ while others act like hypocrites for the sake of ‘family.’ On top of that, many gather around a dead bird. Talk about a holiday being more morbid than Halloween.

Then Ben gently reminded me of the things that I should be grateful for. He’s right. There’s plenty I have to be grateful for. Won’t list them here, don’t want to bore you. Besides, there’s always the marathon tradition of Godzilla, King Kong and Mystery Science 3000. While they may no longer be broadcast on television, there’s always DVD. Oh wait, I forgot – Blu-ray. Netflix. Whatever. With that, Ben put things into perspective. So Happy Thanksgiving everyone. From your local friendly misanthrope.

I’ll leave you with two links. One is a poem from my homeboy William S. Burroughs. He’s right up there with Friedrich Nietzsche, Crow (MST3K) and Tartar Sauce the Grumpy Cat:

http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/modlang/carasi/thanksgivingprayer.htm

Another is this: http://www.tofurky.com/

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