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Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations (Cat Books)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,556 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
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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Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, library, reviewed
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
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it

Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Nunca habia leido/visto nada de Jeffrey Brown, este libro simplemente lo compre por ser mini tiras cómicas de gatos, el hecho de contener imagenes de gatos y ser sobre gatos basto para ganar mi curiosidad.
Como madre de dos gatos puedo decir que me senti identificada con más de la mitad de los comics y que no paraba de reir.
Es un excelente libro/novela gráfica para aquellos que son dueños de uno o que simplemente aman a los felinos, pasaran un rato agradable y no dejaran de reir.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I love Jeffrey Brown.

However, the reason I thoroughly enjoyed this is because I have six cats. Every single page contains behaviors I have seen in my own cats time and time again. If you have cats, or if you simply love cats, this book might be for you.
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Becky! Perfectly describes what it's like to live with a cat, the good, the bad and the adorable.
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Just about the most fun you can have reading a book. Delightful.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cat-people and people who like cats
Shelves: graphic-novels
Spot-on, and adorable.
Holly Grace
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was so hilarious, would recommend for anyone who has had a cat before. I definitely recognised all these behaviours!
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, cats
It was cute and obviously I love the subject matter, but some of it I just didn't get.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Rupa-rupa prilaku kucing ada di buku ini. Sayang aku bukan cat person, jadi kurang menghayati buku ini :D. Aku berharap Pak Jeffrey Brown menggambar soal cara dia nglatih kucingnya etika(! wkwk) pipis dan pup, karena halaman rumah sering jadi korban pemilik kucing yang tidak bertanggung jawab nglatih kucing mereka pipis & pup yang bener -_-.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute collection of the antics of cats. I enjoyed Misty's antics and revisiting life as a cat owner.
Linda Blake
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Truth. Captures the personality of Misty perfectly.
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very fun, but too short
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goofy cat antics.
Eva Ebert
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book consists of a lot of comic strips, usually nine panels long, and a few big pictures, featuring Misty the cat just being a cat. There's no anthropomorphising and while some of the strips have a point in the last image only a very few have what could be described as a punchline. So it's not a new Garfield, if that's what you're looking for. Basically, the comics show Misty drawn in funny and/or cute situations, in much the same way that I might take a short video of one of my cats playing ...more
Oct 03, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Max Maxwell
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, humor
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.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Austin Hartman
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Vera Maharani
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cat person
I am a simple cat lady. I see cute cat(s), I rate four stars. At the very least.

Ironically, what makes this refreshing for me was that Jeffrey Brown did not try to delve deeper into what we would perceive as the cat's inner thought. The cat did not plot to kill her human, and did not pretend to be in a some kind of glorified I-am-the queen-of-this-house adventure. The cat simply did what cats usually did. And that was enough.
Elizabeth Shaw
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The cutest comic book I have ever read. If you are a cat-lover, you will relate to all of the stories presented in the book. It's great if you're between cats, but also if you are away from them for an extended period of time and just need that little reminder of their simple joyful lives.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked up a bunch of fun cat postcards awhile back that all had the same artist and it turns out that it was this artist! This book is all fun little observational comics about the goofy things that cats do & it was perfectly enjoyable.
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This really is a graphic novel that illustrates the life of a cat. And that's it. If you love cats, and you're kind of into zen and navel-gazing, man, this is the book for you.
Eli Poteet
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book. I am enthralled by the drawn figure of the kitty and also impressed by the authors observations. I want to make a couple of the pages into posters or cards.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fumetto, gatti
Un must per gattare e gattofili. Impossibile non sorridere come cretine. Impossibile non riconoscere il tuo gatto in quelle tavole.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Zeer herkenbare situaties voor kattenliefhebbers. Slordige tekenstijl was me soms een ware doorn in het oog. Leuk boekje, desalniettemin.
Matt Mendoza
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fun and simple outing by a master of his form. There is a two-page spread in Cat... that is excellent!
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
So hilarious! I seriously laughed out loud. I totally want to buy copies for all my cat lover friends.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Never owned a cat but could see the eye for detail, in cat behaviours. Lazy flip-through with kid.
Hannah Harvey
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Cats are so cute, and this book really makes me want one.
Funny, cute and awesome.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short, light read - very funny if you're a cat owner. Made me miss my cat.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining - some of the observations hit very close to home!
Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
This is COMPLETELY me and my cats!!!! Love it, love it, love it!
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant little book that if you have ever shared a house with a cat you will totally understand.
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really cute, almost makes me want a cat.
patrycja polczyk
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok. Short. Perfect portrayal of cats :)
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
cute and detailed illustrations
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading with Cats
Sweet and cute.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Erin Dykens
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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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