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Manfried the Man

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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,023 ratings  ·  262 reviews
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 hu
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Quirk Books
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May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kittehs, for-laughter
this is a graphic novel in which the world of Man and the world of Cat do a freaky friday switcheroo and things get weird.

there are parts of this book that are five stars, no question, but as a whole, it's prolly a 3.5.

the concept is a winner, if you are someone who a) loves cats and b) finds tiny naked men behaving like cats hilarious.

or creepy.

or just uncreepy enough to be hilarious.

the jokey deta
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think my brain is way too literal to be able to appreciate this properly.

There were a couple of panels that made me giggle or do the little, "Awww," but for the most part, I got distracted by the half-swap between man and cat. Lines were blurred as each kept some of their species' traits but took on some of the traits of the others'.

Why weren't cats wearing clothing? And the ones who did wear clothing wore shirts only. Why? Why did they have normal people jobs like call
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I zoomed through this in one sitting. This comic bit is for CAT LOVERS!

I wish I had cat friends, I'd buy every single one of them a copy. This book captures the essence of exactly what it would be like if the roles were reversed between humans and cats. I hope the authors of this book go on to do more types of animals, like dogs!!

The only thing I had a really hard time getting past was the Naked man. I wished he would have had a diaper or idk something on. It was very strange lookin
David Schaafsma
A first graphic novel based on a webcomic by Caitlin Major and illustrated by Kelly Bastow, for cat lovers, where a role reversal universe has cats rule and humans--exclusively male humans, for no clear reason to me--are ruled by cats. Men--naked men, some black, some white--act like cats. Our main guy, Manfried (remember the Brit Rock group from the sixties, Manfred Mann? Did covers of "Blinded by the Light," and "Spirit in the Night"? Me, neither) is ignored by an irresponsible owner whose lif ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disclosure: I recieved an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Based on the book’s description and the introduction, I had expected the book to be humorous and cute. I was wrong. Instead, it was painful and awkward to read.

First I’ll start off by saying the illustrations were good, for the most part. However, was it REALLY necessary to illustrate genitals on the men? In real life cat genitals are not so blatantly visible like that, so it
Sam Julian
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I knew this was going to be weird but it is extremely weird. I kept wondering if the next page was going to turn into a furry manifesto.

The one gag doesn't really go anywhere and while it's funny/cute/unsettling initially, it literally has no impact on the plot, and that makes me wonder what is valuable about this story at all. This is the story of a sad lonely cat-person in which not much happens and nothing is learned. Reversing the species of the characters depicted doesn't make i
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, humor
This was a lot of fun. Imagine a world where cats are in charge (yes I know they're in charge here too, ha ha ha) and men are kept as pets! Manfried is the beloved "man" of Steve Catson, a slacker who works (barely) in a call center and spends most of his time doodling clever cartoons and falling asleep on the sofa. Manfried is really all he has in a world where all his friends are married and having kittens and no one cares about looking at his funny man photos on Catstagram. Then Manfried disa ...more
Sarah Hughes
I received a digital copy of this book on Netgalley.

I just got this book completely. It's exactly the sort of dark humour I enjoy. Showing the mundane happenings and realistic relationship between man and his pet, and then reversing it was a perfect setting for a graphic novel. I hadn't heard anything about the book before requesting, and I'm glad I went into it blind. It was a really pleasant surprise and I read it in one sitting.

Nothing spectacular had to happen in this book. It's
Chihoe Ho
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It took a little while getting used seeing cats as humans and men as pets. I'm actually surprised it took so long for someone to put this onto paper and turn it into a comic so thank you Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow for the enjoyable read and adorable illustrations that work very well for this f(el)ine comic!

Certain quirks, truths, and stereotypes of men and cats are turned upside down... like, instead of meowing or purring, the men HEEEEEYs at everyone and everything. Or chips bei
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Manfried the Man was nominated as one of the best comics of 2018 on a couple of lists that I found. Since I've been reading more comics lately, and had just fallen head over heels for Jeff Smith's Bone series, I decided to peruse such lists and devour as many of the comics mentioned as I could get my hands on. Which leads me to Manfried the Man. This comic may look like a very strange choice for a Best Of list that includes titles like Sabrina, but after the first blush it begins to fall into place. This is a fun comic ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
The concept of this graphic novel is fantastic! Basically it’s a world where cats and humans have reversed roles. Cats work, drive and have pet human men! The men are naked, domesticated, little pets who are fully dependent on their cat owners. They’re fed tiny Hungry Man meals, taken to special Man hospitals and strays are sent to Man shelters.
In this story Steve the Cat is down on his luck and pretty depressed. He’s irresponsible in general. He watches his friends Man and almost loses hi
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute graphic novel, especially for cat lovers. Recommended for adults since the men (aka the pets) are naked and you can see certain body parts.
Ferial Fattahi
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a great read!
Miriam Smith
Jun 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: giveaways
Won in the Goodreads Giveaways - looks a fun and interesting read!
Elaine Howlin
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
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I think any cat lover would appreciate this book but for me, it could have been better.

There was too much focus on Steve (the cat) instead of Manfried (the man) where I think the most potential for humour lies. It would have worked better as a series of anecdotes as opposed to one complete story as well.

The story ends up being a bit mundane since it focuses on Steve, his unhappiness with life and reliance on his pet man for companionship. It's just all too normal though there are a few humorous moments w
Ashlee Null
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Not quite sure what I just read but I think I enjoyed it?
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Better in small doses, maybe? (Check out the tumblr.)

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads.)

We’re trying to get volunteers to take part in the annual man count so we can keep track of all the stray men in the neighborhood.

If he’s only been missing a day he’s probably just holed up somewhere nearby. Men like to find small spaces and hide out.

Not all men though. Some men like the open space.

No not all men, obviously.

Steve Catson is kind of a fuck up. His apartment is/>If/>We’re/>(Full
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My husband brought an ARC of this home, and I immediately fell into reading it because it was such a cute play on cat-obsessed people, with a man-obsessed cat. I thought it was clever and well thought out. There is an actual story, replete with plot, and even though it started to drag ever so slightly, it sustained enough interest to make it feel like a worthwhile read. Quick read. Much quicker than the three months it appears to have taken me. I got distracted by so many other books (as I am wo ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review can also be found on my blog:

Quirk Books proved to be an apt publisher for this quirky graphic novel about cats and humans having their roles reversed.

Steve Catson is a slacker who has a dead-end job but loves his man, Manfried. When his chubby ginger disappears out a carelessly left open window, Steve is distraught. He needs to own up to his failings and find his man, and in so doing he is able to help the local Man Shelter and find a new career path.

The artwo
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My friend let me borrow his advance copy and I zoomed through it and loved it. It won’t be for everyone, but it is for me, and I fully intend to buy a billion copies for myself and my friends when it comes out. Manfried’s and the other men’s mannerisms and expressions are so accurate, and Kelly Bastow’s art is just perfect for this story. I was impressed by the depth of emotion; the story far surpasses the obvious visual gags possible in a world where human-sized cats have cat-sized men as pets. ...more
In the world of this story, cats rule. They often keep a man (or a few men) as pets. Manfried the Man is particularly treasured by his owner, Steve, though Steve also worries about being branded a crazy man-cat. Manfried escapes through an open window and panic ensues for Steve, who embarks on a frantic search for his man . . . and discovers a lot about himself along the way. It's a delightful concept, but I did find myself a bit unsettled by all the tiny nude men behaving like cats. They're fan ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like weird stuff, believe me. But this book kind of pushes my threshold. In this bizarre graphic novel, we are introduced to a world where cats are human sized and human men are kept as House pets. The only thing they can say is “hey.” The book is as bizarre as this sounds. I applaud the author on her creativity as well as her art style. I did not however enjoy the plot and felt the “joke” got old rather quickly.
Kristina Horner
May 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was charmed by the premise here, initially. Big human-like cats with tiny little derpy men as pets. It's sweet! It's silly! I was expecting a rollicking good time, but instead I got this weirdly serious, depressing story that did not deliver any of the elements I would expect a story like this to provide. This was... not fun to read.

And it's not as though it delved into some deeper social issue here... it was basically like "Steve Catson is sort of bad at everything, and his friends and cowor
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jolabokaflod
This almost made me cry.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fun. It’s a GN with a man as the pet of a cat. Role reversal at its best.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s a pretty boilerplate story wrapped around a single gag but... it’s a pretty good gag.
Lisa K
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, graphic-novel
Steve Catson is in danger of becoming a sad pet-man crazed fellow with a grubby apartment and no job. When his pet, Manfried, goes missing everything changes.

I love that the chief vocalization for the men is "hey." A sweet story about pets and getting it together.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: absurd
I had seen excerpts from the webcomic on my Facebook news feed from time to time, so I thought this might be an interesting book to check out. The premise is simple enough: Steve Catson is a anthropomorphic cat with a tiny pet human named Manfried. The original comics show Manfried doing "cat things" like running across Steve's keyboard, chasing laser pointers, or shouting at other men outside the window. It was weird (especially since Manfried is anatomically very masculine, if you know what I ...more
Review of ARC, received at Ontario Library Association Super Conference.

If I remove the major concept of this story, and picture it with the cats as cats and the humans as humans, it's still a solid, if unoriginal, story. Caitlin Major's schtick--the role reversal of human and cat--takes the story to a catchy level. Her written dialogue is natural, likeable. But it's Kelly Bastow's cute artwork that seals the deal. The men's (who are the cats, remember) baby penises are just the righ
Hannah Collins
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
This book is hilarious. If you’re a cat person you’ll love it.
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