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Celebrated comic artist and graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown's collection of all-new drawings sweetly illustrates the joys of living with a cat. Featured in McSweeney's and on NPR's This American Life, and praised by comic luminaries Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes, Brown's work has always paid tribute to felines as they curl up on couches and purr on the peripheries of his aut...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published March 8th 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Cat Getting Out of a Bag mostly comprises single-page cat-related comics, and is therefore one of Jeffrey Brown's most "accessible" books; it could easily be a gift to a relative or a volume kept on the coffee table. But Bag should not be dismissed as just a "cute cat book." With his felt pen drawings, Brown here has used space and "action words" most inventively - "PURRRRRS" span panels; cats jump through frames; in one comic the onomatopoeia "KTHUMP" shows the path of a bounding feline. Brown...more
I like this Jeffrey Brown character. One does not come to him for spectacular art (though the crude style never detracts from the material; just the opposite, in fact), but for the opportunity to see familiar and often overlooked mannerisms and habits depicted within an instantly relatable situation. Here, he proves that his characters needn't be human or at all anthropomorphized to fit seamlessly into his perceptive little universe. Just about every weird thing I've ever seen the various cats i...more
Apr 01, 2009 Jack rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Absolutely anyone who enjoys either cats or comics!
Shelves: comics
I really don't like Jeffrey Brown most of the time. He's in that school of comix artists who write uncomfortable strips about their uncomfortable lives and always make me feel voyeuristically dirty for reading them. These are the kind of people who, if the comics are to be believed, must go around intentionally screwing up their relationships for the sake of having material. Insecurity, stubbornness, and sheer stupidity bleed off of every panel. Brown's illustrative style is unimpressive as well...more

Thank you, Becky! Perfectly describes what it's like to live with a cat, the good, the bad and the adorable.
Just about the most fun you can have reading a book. Delightful.
Oct 26, 2013 Charlie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat-people and people who like cats
Spot-on, and adorable.
Jan 11, 2011 Linden rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat owners or appreciators and children
Recommended to Linden by: Judy
Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations is a primarily a collection of nine-panel cartoon pages which offer daily events in the life of a house cat. This would be things like getting under the fresh sheet when you are flicking it into the air to make the bed or watching birds through a window and giving those odd little grunts because the glass prevents a pounce. The funniest thing for me was to see how universal were the things that I often imagined to be entirely an expression of indiv...more
When my dad came home from this year’s Chicago Zine Fest one of the souvenirs he brought me was Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations by Jeffrey Brown. It is what it seems to be, a cute collection of one-page cat stories, and it’s adorable. There’s something rather zen about the plot-less comic and the illustration style is perfect. The pages are punctuated with what I assume are marker renditions of actual photos of Brown’s cat Misty. There’s something about these that make the book f...more
This book was great! Definitely a must read for cat lovers and a cat person.

This made me laugh out loud at the scenarios because i can relate so much with what my cat does!

** For more of a review check out my blog!
Armand D'Isselt
I love this book. Some of the cartoons, I really didn't see the point of, but all in all, if you live with or love cats, you'll GET this book.
Max Maxwell
Apr 27, 2009 Max Maxwell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who knows how amazing owning a cat is
Recommended to Max by: I found it in a comic-book store
Anybody who has owned a cat and therefore knows that a cat is no mere pet but rather a sort of little being with which you travel life's rocky roads needs to pick this up. We've seen this sort of thing before here and there, i.e. the van Kliban cats and all that, but never with so much poignancy involved in the storytelling. There's a page in here called "Crying," in which we see a faceless, morose Brown sitting in a chair. The angle never changes but at the start there's no cat on his lap, and...more
The book, a series of illustrations on a variety of topics ranging from “The Cutest Sneeze in the World” to “Underfeet,” is an homage to all things cat. Brown hones in on all the things that make cats so very … catlike. He captures the crazed expression of a housecat seeing a bird, the embarrassed glance after an ungraceful jump (or fall), the endless pursuit of sun, pets, and treats. And he equally shares the delight of a purring kitten curled up on your lap and the utter frustration when that...more
Sarah Turky
100 illustrations of the daily lives of cats :'D ........yup, Im going to die alone with lots & lots of cats
Jun 23, 2007 Pamela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who owns/has owned a cat
Shelves: comics
I don't know how many of you know this, but our family cat (Sunny) died in May. It was pretty hard for me to think about, so I dealt with it by not thinking about it much. It was with great trepidation that I read Cat Getting Out of a Bag, knowing that it consisted of one-page vignettes of Jeffrey Brown's cat being cute and cat-like. The book is adorable, and he gets everything exactly right--anyone who's ever owned and loved a cat will know exactly what he's talking/drawing about. In some way t...more
This is a brilliant little book that if you have ever shared a house with a cat you will totally understand.
Cats are weird. This collection of mostly wordless comics chronicles various crazy cat activities, like sleeping under dripping faucets, running around the house for no apparent reason, and of course, that unsettling moment when a cat walks up on your chest, stares directly at your face, and you see their pupils dilate.

Oddly enough, what I think I liked most about this were the sound effects. Cat sneezes really are the cutest thing ever, and the ka-thunka-thunka as the cat careened around the h...more
Austin Hartman
May 01, 2008 Austin Hartman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat lovers.
Recommended to Austin by: Bryn Dekker
I love cats, more then a lot of people, but when I read Jeffery Brown's "Cat Getting Out of a Bag", I thought maybe he loved cats more. While his other works might be considered the direction of "hipster comics" in the time to come, I am rather indifferent about it, and think it is only good for a few "mehs" and short lived laughs...but this is a master piece! Being a master of cat observations myself, I can be sure that he too spent a lot of time just watching his cat, and that I appreciate!
This was a birthday gift from my brother-in-law this year. Given I also own 3 cats, I found these little comics hilarious. Even my father-in-law, who is allergic to cats and generally avoids them, was flipping through it and cracking up at dinner. A collection of various short comic strips about cats, there is more pawing and meowing in this book than actual text. Most of the pictures speak for themselves though as they laugh at the many odd and unusual characteristics of our cats.
Sep 07, 2012 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat lovers
Shelves: cats, illustrated, comic
This book is fantastic. For each comic, I have owned a cat who did the same exact thing. The drawings seemed silly at first, but they really just add to the playful nature of the book. I sat down in Barnes and Noble and read the whole thing, giggling to myself all the while, then purchased it that day anyway. I've also purchased copies to give to friends as gifts, because if you have any streak of cat-lover in you, you will find great enjoyment in this little book =)
If they put up a statue of Misty in the town where Jeffrey Brown was born, I would hug it until it's head came off, then leave the head by the side of the road, confessing it was an accident later on.


All that is good about cartoons and cat owning. The simpleness of Jeff's layout and his observational gifts make what should be Campy schlock into a pleasant read. Also, no whining.
With a very simple style, usually with 9 panels per page, Jeffrey Brown has created a book about kitties that will make every cat lover (and probably pet lover) cackle with recognition. Very simple, and almost wordless, these cat observations were right on (I see my kitty PJ, especially, all over these pages). You can flip through these pages in a matter of minutes, but each one will bring at the very least a smile of recognition to your face.
My sister bought this book for me for Christmas this year, knowing how much I read various cat-related comics. I have also lived with two cats for the last fourteen years, only recently losing one of them, so I am was able to relate to nearly all of the observations presented. It made me smile, made me laugh, and made me thankful for the cats that have ruled my life all these years. It's just what I needed.
If you ever find yourself telling your friends about the amazingly cute things your cat did the other day, this collection of wordless cat comics will be hilarious. Observations include: cat drinking out of a water glass, (lap, lap, lap...) cat freaking out over the vacuum cleaner, the cutest cat sneeze, cat pawing around food bowl, and "the I-just -smelled-something-funny face".

A graphic novel type book - but really graphic short stories, if there is such a thing, because to call it a cartoon sells it far short. It is a wonderful look at cat ownership - anyone who has ever had or loved a cat will recognize their cat in it immediately. It was like he was hilariously spying on and chronicling our own cat.
"The things cats do must be universal (e.g., biting the end of a pen you are using). This was my second Jeffrey Brown book after Little Things." - Becky, Teen Librarian

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I'm not sure this book would be as funny if I weren't cat-owned, but I am and it was perfect. I've seen my feline overlord do 95% of the things that Brown includes in this lovely little collection of comics, including a few I thought that my cat and my cat alone did. This book was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
This book will have cat moms and dads nodding in agreement and howling with recognition, while non-cat people will simply scratch their heads and pronounce the strips boring.

Your appreciation of this book will depend upon which camp you fall into. This would be a nice gift choice for pet parents who pamper their felines.
Funny, but maybe not as good as another I've read by him about cats. Or perhaps I felt it was a bit too much of the same... Definitely a good book to give as a present to a cat lover though!
Normally I am not a fan of Jeffrey Brown, but this book had me rolling on the floor. A collection of cat idiosyncrasies in comic format? Consider me hooked. His art seems to improve as he continues drawing/writing. If you are a cat lover and aren't afraid of reading a comic, read this. You'll love every page.
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Jeffrey Brown was born in 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up reading comic books with dreams of someday drawing them, only to abandon them and focus on becoming a 'fine artist.' While earning his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brown abandoned painting and began drawing comics with his first autobiographical book 'Clumsy' in 2001. Since then he's drawn a dozen books fo...more
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