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Laugh Out Loud Cats Sell Out Hardcover

Adam Koford
Adam Koford

Adam Koford's Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out is a hilarious and charming mash-up of "LOLcats" (those ubiquitous photos of cats, captioned humorously and ungrammatically) with the styling of early 20th century American comics, such as Walt Kelly's "Pogo" and George Herriman's "Krazy Kat". These single-panel comic strips, drawn on 'vintage' off-white paper, were purportedly created c. 1912 by Koford's great-grandfather, Aloysius 'Gorilla' Koford - making the strip's hobo-cat stars, Meowlin Q. Kitteh and his kitten companion Pip, the very first "LOLcats".

 

Of course, Koford himself capably produces the actual comics, but the 'discovery' of Internet humour in these old-timey cartoons allows familiar jokes - plus references to "Proust", "Star Wars", "Lovecraft", classical mythology, and everything in between - to transcend their origins in a fresh, inventive way, which has proved hugely popular on the web.

 

The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out presents the very best of Koford's online archives, alongside 30 new comics produced exclusively for this collection. An introduction by "The Daily Show" correspondent John Hodgman, whose "700 Hoboes" project inspired Koford to create "Kitteh and Pip", frames the strips for both the longtime fan and the LOLinitiate.

 

Harry N Abrams, hardback, 160 pages, published March 2009

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