This weekend I was at Powells (the most insanely large independent book store on the planet) with my family. It was a great way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. Mostly we were there for my wife, Emmy, who was out of books to read. The girls also needed something to read. I watched the girls while Emmy browsed the miles and miles of books. A while later she returned with a little black and white comic in her hand. She smiled, handed it to me, and said, “I saw this and thought of you.”
What can I say? I love my cat.
Super Crazy Cat dance is a mini comic that is true to its promise: it is a comic for kids and grownups alike. It is important to note that the kids come first as this is definitely a mini-comic that will appeal to a younger set (or the truly cat-obsessed).
Steinke’s story is simple in nature. It is a celebration of all tings cat, told in rhyming dialogue that one could easily imagine coming from the mouth of a 9 year old girl. The action takes a juvenile (in the best sense of the word) turn as the characters prance across towns, the countryside, and even end up on the moon. It is a delight for the younger set, and adults can join in the fun as well. I mean, who among us has not spent an evening or six lavishing attention upon our four-footed sleeping companions?
The real treat here is Steinke’s art. It is very detailed, while still maintaining its cartoonish charm. The backgrounds ask you to linger for a bit and make sure you have caught all the detail. All of the art is done in negative, white on a black background. This makes the art seem to glow on the page. His characters are fun to follow, and the cats are a real treat.
Apparently he has many more mini-comics, as well as an epic 152 page beast titled Neptune. He mentions on his website that there will also be a release at the 2009 Stumptown Comic Fest. I know I will be stopping by his table to check it out!
Do yourself a favor and check his work out as well!