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By CheeseburgerBrown (Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:23:14 AM EST) test (all tags)

This is a story called Goodbye to Kitty. It concerns a toddler's experience of the death of a family pet.

Warning: some scenes may not be suitable for very repressed adults.



Once we had a kitty named Clem, whom we loved.




We would pet him.




And he would bite our fingers.




We remember how you and Clem used to play in the garden by the schoolhouse, chasing pebbles or watching grasshoppers or just lying in the sun.




One morning Papa found Clemm sleeping with his eyes open.
Clem didn't move, even when Papa pet him.
Papa knew that Clem had died.




When you woke up, Mama and Papa brought you to see Clem, so you could say "Goodbye."




Then we dug a hole in the ground, and put Clem inside. We covered him up with dirt, and while we did it we cried. Everybody wished that Clem was not dead, because we loved him so much.




Clem was a kind of pretend baby for us, before you came along. He was a very silly kitten!




When you were just a little baby, Clem would sleep with you in your crib. You loved Clem, too. He was your friend.




Now that Clem is dead, he will never wake up. His body will lie beneath the ground, and bugs will eat it.




Birds will eat the bugs, early in the dewy morning.




And so little bits of Clem will fly away with them inside their bellies, high in the sky.




Goodbye, Clem! We will always remember you.






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you MUST publish this!!!! by molasses (4.00 / 7) #1 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:29:59 AM EST
the other story was good.

THIS one is amazing.  I bet you could even get it published for real.

seriously.  i'm not kidding.  do it.  i'm thinking this might be a calling for you: writing and illustrating children's books.

i was wondering what's happened to you recently; i'm glad it was this.

peace to littlestar and popsicle and you, my friends.

He by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #28 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:13:47 AM EST
has silly. Buy! Consume!

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Absolutely, I suggest Everybody Dies by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #46 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:06:49 AM EST
like Everyone Poops, and The Gas You Pass.


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"A Children's Christmas in Kosovo" by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 3) #50 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:12:50 AM EST
What's Happened To Me by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #51 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:14:54 AM EST
i was wondering what's happened to you recently; i'm glad it was this.

This and more.

Details to come.

I still have further reports to issue.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Got a haircut by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #54 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:41:52 AM EST
and got a Real Job.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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i hate you by codemonkey uk (4.00 / 11) #2 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:32:57 AM EST
you just made me cry at work

in an open plan office

--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.

iawtp by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:37:01 AM EST
I will now want to got home early and check on my cat.

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That goes double for me by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #63 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:21:44 AM EST
As I have two cats.

Of course, rationally, I know they're both ok; they're young, healthy, and I saw them this morning before I left for work.

But when did rationality ever have anything to do with it?


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This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.

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Heh. I laughed at work. by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:48:14 AM EST
It gave me some new ideas on what to do with my portion of my ma's ashes...

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Appy-Polly-Loggies. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 3) #16 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:58:53 AM EST
At least this electronic version lacks the back splashpage of the book, which is just a small picture of Clem as a wee kitten.

That's the one that breaks my spirit.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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oh man by 606 (4.00 / 3) #45 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:05:59 AM EST
I wasn't crying until you mentioned that, and now I'm tearing up at work. Damnit.

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It's okay by codemonkey uk (2.00 / 0) #62 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:19:59 AM EST
I don't really hate you.

Sorry for saying that I do.

--- Thad ---
Almost as Smart As you.

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IAWTP by Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #65 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:25:15 AM EST
Fortunately, my desk faces the wall, and I have long experience of coping with this sort of emotional turmoil.

sniff


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Very nice by DullTrev (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:34:33 AM EST

I remember feeling embarrassingly upset when my cat died.

But, dude, the burial scene - cut your grass.


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I Can't Draw Feet. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #15 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:57:45 AM EST
Also, I admit I haven't been bothered to cut the grass since HuSistock.

Of all the things weighing on my mind lately, having my knees tickled by grass just hasn't made the list of those escalated to priority action items.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Really? by DullTrev (2.00 / 0) #29 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:15:05 AM EST

And that, sir, just shows you are not English.

Of course, that's not necessarily a bad thing.


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Are The English Hank Hilly About Lawns? by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #31 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:29:43 AM EST
I never knew.

Then again I never knew Englishmen had lawns. I always figured they had like a square meter of cobblestones or some shit, with like a little statue of a gnome on it or something.

As a general rule I don't believe in watering lawsn (if your location can't support a lawn, it can't support a lawn), and while I admit that I enjoy a freshly cut lawn I also admit that I'm profoundly lazy.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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It depends by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #38 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:44:54 AM EST

In nice middle class areas, definitely. You can't be seen to be lowering the tone of the area, my dear boy. I once was refused a renewal of a lease on a house because I hadn't mown the lawn often enough. I was moderately annoyed.

I live in a flat, now.


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there's nothing quite like by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #55 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:43:31 AM EST
you need to start a series. by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 8) #5 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:41:41 AM EST
CBB Life Lessons (tm) Storybooks.
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yes by tps12 (3.85 / 14) #7 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:46:10 AM EST
Especially looking forward to early Husi reviews of Baby Gets a Whoopin'.

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Followed by a job interview guide... by Gully Foyle (4.00 / 4) #10 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:51:04 AM EST
Not laTe

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IWHI by duxup (2.00 / 0) #47 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:08:07 AM EST
Er, I mean buy it.
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Good Idea. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #49 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:10:29 AM EST
Now if we could just find some gullible/visionary person/corporation to bankroll it, we'd be all set.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Hmmm. Oh, Mister venture capitalist! by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #52 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:17:49 AM EST
Here's the plan:
  1. get pets
  2. have a child
  3. ???
  4. profit!
Why didn't I think of this before?

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Speaking of visionaries by MartiniPhilosopher (2.00 / 0) #77 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:33:51 AM EST
Or at the very least, somebody gulible, might be found through here.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

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'I Am Jack's Dead Turtle' -nt by chuckles (2.00 / 0) #95 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 12:51:14 PM EST


"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
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You didn't complete the circle by chuckles (4.00 / 7) #6 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:44:59 AM EST
Other cats will eat the birds who ate the bugs who ate Clem.

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
Well, This She Knows. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 7) #19 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:02:48 AM EST
I opted to trail off with the nice "into the sky" image rather than get all gritty with the full circle, with which, as I said, my kid is intimately familiar due to the regularity with which our other cats kill things.

She thinks maggots are "cute" by the way, because they are "tiny."


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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very nice by tps12 (4.00 / 4) #9 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:49:27 AM EST
I like how the pictures of memories are more realistic, like looking at a photo album, while the "real time" frames are cartoony. Or maybe that's just coincidence. So sad. :(

Ssssh! by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #24 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:06:32 AM EST
Don't reveal the subtext!

Before you know it people will be engaging the Goodbye to Kitty mod and thereby unlocking the PORNO VERSION.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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"His body will lie beneath the ground," by greyrat (4.00 / 4) #11 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:52:33 AM EST
"and bugs will eat it."

Heh. That's how I talk to my kids. Not gruesome -- just true.

+1 - FP again.

Indeed by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:06:16 AM EST

It's been over 45 minutes, why isn't this on the front page yet?

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I Believe Kids Deserve Frank Answers. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 9) #26 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:08:00 AM EST
you have children? by sarahwren (2.00 / 0) #32 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:40:46 AM EST
I never imagined such a thing!  How many?  How old?

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Five. Two biological, Three step. by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #36 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:44:18 AM EST
Ages spread relatively evenly from 11 to 21. As a side note, our last tuition payment will be in 2017.

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Lord love you! NT by sarahwren (4.00 / 3) #39 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:45:34 AM EST


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No. No, I don't think He does. by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #43 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:53:03 AM EST
But then who am I to judge the tasks given me by the Almighty?

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Very nice by Gully Foyle (4.00 / 2) #12 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:55:33 AM EST
The 'chasing pebbles' frame reminded me of how my little sister used to fling our cat around. Then I noticed that she's throwing the pebble, not the cat.

She Does That, Too. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 9) #27 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:11:42 AM EST
Yesterday I asked her where the cut under her eye came from.

Popsicle: "Pittuh."

CBB: "Pitter Kitten?"

Popsicle: "Yeah, Pittuh the Kitten bite me with his claws on my face."

CBB: "Was he upset?"

Popsicle: "Yeah."

CBB: "How come Pitter was upset?"

Popsicle: "I carryine him upsidown. Pittuh mad. Pittuh say meow meow meow."

CBB: "And you didn't let him down?"

Popsicle: "No."

CBB: "So he scratched you?"

Popsicle: "Yeah, but it's okay. Pittuh no mad now. He my friend!"


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Our cat let the anger build up... by Gully Foyle (2.00 / 0) #58 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:09:05 AM EST
Then he took it out in one furious pounce from the top of the wardrobe. Yowling and scratching for the eyes. My darling little sister never abused him again after that.

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Amazing. by edward (4.00 / 1) #13 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:56:47 AM EST
You should be publishing stuff like this.

Buy A Copy! by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #21 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:04:44 AM EST
Ah yes.. by edward (4.00 / 1) #25 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:07:49 AM EST
I see the link now.

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No, no, no. by me0w (4.00 / 11) #14 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:56:58 AM EST
Kitties who die return to the mothership. Our feline overlords take the dead kitties to kitty heaven. Then they are reincarnated into new kitties.

(beautiful story btw)



Our Vet Says... by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #17 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:00:35 AM EST
Classy by TurboThy (4.00 / 14) #22 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:05:01 AM EST
How do pre-schoolers take this? "Oh noes!!! Mommy says I'm going to school in a year as well ... and Kitty never came back!!!!11one!"
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Am I a bad person? by theboz (4.00 / 2) #18 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:02:06 AM EST
I feel sorry for your loss and understand how hard it is to lose a pet that you've cared for, but I found this storybook thing to be hilarious. I am not trying to belittle your loss and your methods of teaching your kid about death (especially since it is much better than what 90% of the people out there do.)
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
You are obviously a bad person by TurboThy (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:03:38 AM EST
Scoop ate half your comment.
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No. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #35 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:43:43 AM EST
I always crack up when I try to pass on terrible news. I was grinning like a moron when I told our au pair about the London Bombings. I giggled when I tried to explain to somebody about the trains in Madrid.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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I don't know if that's a good thing by theboz (2.00 / 0) #40 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:46:16 AM EST
If anything, perhaps you and I are both bad people, in similar ways. Of course that could just be the American part of me talking.
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When You Use Your America Voice... by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 3) #41 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:51:01 AM EST
I don't know that I should answer that by theboz (2.00 / 0) #44 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:54:46 AM EST
I'm not feeling all that nationalistic, so I probably shouldn't say.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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The TV, obviously. by dn (4.00 / 2) #93 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 12:22:49 PM EST


    I ♥   
 TOXIC 
WASTE

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imappropriate snickering by webwench (4.00 / 4) #85 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 09:37:20 AM EST
I've been known to do it when I think my boy is being unreasonably cranky or touchy, although I know very well that if I was him, and my mom laughed at me when I got cranky, I'd be infuriated and it would make me even crankier... I just can't help it sometimes.

I think sometimes snickering/grinning can be an alternate reaction to being emotionally or socially uncomfortable. I also grin like an idiot in social situations that make me nervous.


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My mother laughs hysterically... by chuckles (4.00 / 3) #94 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 12:43:55 PM EST
... at funerals. Something about seeing all those people with their serious, downturned faces. My father says she isn't invited to his.

"The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin [...] would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities"
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The British are all bad people... by ToyChicken (2.00 / 0) #105 Sat Aug 20, 2005 at 01:02:03 AM EST
I don't know if this is true of you lot on the other side of the atlantic, but us Brits generally have a pretty black sense of humour about death and other socially uncomfortable events.

I generally get the impression that Canadians have a much darker sense of humour than the USians... Though it could be that we Brits just have a fundamental mistrust of 'sincerity'.
I love Nebbish, he's the best...

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Of course by theboz (2.00 / 0) #106 Sat Aug 20, 2005 at 07:19:15 AM EST
Although I'm from the U.S., my sense of humor is not typical of people here, which is probably why I found it hilarious.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n
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seriously. by clock (4.00 / 2) #30 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:27:17 AM EST
there is a dearth of good books about death for children.  this would be helpful for others AND might get you some sweet cash!  do it up and contact whatever the grief counselors association is.

i'm not kidding dude.  i know these things.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

I Will Investigate. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #34 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:42:34 AM EST
Calla's pointed me toward some good children's media resources, too. I'm hoping to approach a publisher (or agent) with some sales figures from the self-publishing effort to support the case of the book's potential popularity.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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My evil mind at work by theboz (4.00 / 2) #42 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:51:10 AM EST
You could make a whole series of highly specialized children's books on stuff like this. You could talk about the loss of dogs, birds, goldfish, hamsters, etc. so that parents could get one specifically for the type of pet that the kid had, and I think it would be very helpful for them. (This idea isn't the evil part by the way.)

On the other hand, if you wrote specialty books such as, "Why daddy hits mommy" and stuff like that, you could write them both for kids that want answers to help them through an abusive situation, and also to sell to people on the internet that find the existence of such books humorous.
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That's what I always say about you, boz, you have a good memory for random facts about pussy. -- joh3n

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total coffee table book by WetherMan (2.00 / 0) #104 Thu Aug 11, 2005 at 06:22:05 AM EST


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Goodbye Clem by sarahwren (4.00 / 2) #33 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:42:05 AM EST
nice story.  sweet.  made me sad and happy.

Thanks. by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #48 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:08:12 AM EST
BTW by sarahwren (4.00 / 1) #37 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 04:44:38 AM EST
when I linked to book, cover of GBTK  it made me snort laugh and now I feel all better!
Up in the air legs of death A++.

Jack Chick by coillte (4.00 / 2) #53 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:35:52 AM EST
needs an illustrator whose irony is entirely beyond him.

Frankly, the possibilities are astounding. Its genius. Its destiny.

I think the surrealism would be enough to warp even the most weirdly wired of hearts.

It may not sound like it, but its a compliment.

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Arms my only ornament...

Great Stuff by haplopeart (2.00 / 0) #56 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:44:20 AM EST
...as usual, now I've had my CCB fix and I'm totally ready to work.  I always seem to get a good surge of creativity (even if its only for programming code) after a CCB post.

Awe fucking some by TPD (4.00 / 3) #57 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 05:57:07 AM EST
that is seriously great and as others have said you should look at getting this published.

But letting the cat sleep in the crib?!?! I'm pretty sure any publisher would make you take that out! Isn't it supposed to be a pretty big health risk?

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM

Newborn baby breath is a cattish delicacy by Rogerborg (4.00 / 6) #59 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:14:32 AM EST
But on the other hand, it doubles the number of potential targets when CBB gets into a drunken belt-whupping frenzy, so I guess it balances out.

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It's All About Ratio by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 7) #61 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:19:13 AM EST
Once the kid is big enough to roll over on their own, they're big enough to move is something obstructs their airways.

It is definitely true that wee newborns should not lie with cats. The power of self-flipping is a good benchmark for the arm strength a kid might need to push away a cat. Newborns just can't cut the mustard in that regard, because they're lazy and good for nothing mooches.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Jesus Christ by Rogerborg (4.00 / 4) #60 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:17:11 AM EST
Is Popsicle's daddy!

Maybe that's how it will play out at the Final Trumpet for us.  The Lord will raise the bodies of the righteous, through the medium of His bugs and birds.  I'm glad I'm not a praying sort.

Great book, but if it pans out, won't you have to start buying a lot of sickly pets to keep the series going?

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Noble Cause = Licence For Killing Spree [nt] by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #64 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:25:14 AM EST
If I buy a book, will you get a hamster? by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #67 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:28:17 AM EST
I do not like hamsters.

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How about a book where by TPD (2.00 / 0) #68 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:34:16 AM EST
Richard Gere is explaining to a child what happened to their hamster?

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
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man by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #69 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:56:39 AM EST
It's just one urban legend after another with you, isn't it.

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Hey, great rebuttal by Rogerborg (4.00 / 4) #72 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:04:13 AM EST
"pathologists laid this theory [of death by cat suffocation] to rest -- they attributed the 21 December 2000 death of 6-week-old Keiron Payne to sudden infant death syndrome."

SIDS being shorthand for "We don't have a fucking clue".  Wishy washy liberal propaganda.  Next you'll be telling us that feminists don't habitually consort with the Devil in the form of a cat.

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SIDS is begging for a truthmap (nt) by tps12 (4.00 / 2) #74 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:08:03 AM EST


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Lemmiwinks Fanfic? by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #70 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:02:05 AM EST
Great! by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #66 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 06:26:13 AM EST
And the drawings and colours are much improved since your last one. I especially like that 2nd last panel for some reason - it really has the look of a hot, humid morning in Gilford. Also the panel with all the eyes on the grasshopper. Very clever!

Thanks! by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #71 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:03:02 AM EST
Feh. Feh, I say unto your mixed feelings. by greyrat (2.00 / 0) #75 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:15:27 AM EST
Your style(s) are wonderful.

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they're good by spacejack (4.00 / 4) #76 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:22:03 AM EST
I've gotten to see a pretty wide variety of kids books my nephew has, and in the store when I'm looking to get one for him. There are a few that do have really great illustrations, but a lot of them have very mediocre ones that aren't as good as these IMO.

You might shoot for just a wee bit more consistency of style and polish - but at the same time, keep the intentionally contrasting styles, like the diagram-atic one of kitty under the ground.

I personally dislike digitally blurred backgrounds, but it's a minor thing. And the 8th drawing is black & white, but I would've liked to see it in brilliant shaded colour like the earlier ones. This would make the sepia-toned baby pictures work a bit better I think. Anyhow, just my $0.02.

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"Mr Cheeseburger* reads a lot of comics by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #80 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 08:08:16 AM EST
does he?" asks Farmgirl.  And further, as a form of explanation, "Very Sandmanny." which I am led to believe is some sort of compliment among her people.

I think Littlestar looks a bit weird in GtK_08.jpg, but I do concede that broads do get kind of funny looking when they're knocked up.

* She's so informal, bless her barnyard manners.

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Not A Big Comic Consumer, No. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #83 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 08:39:34 AM EST
I have read The Sandman series, though. I've had otaku friends over the years who have exposed me to one or two of their favourites like Maus and Akira. When I was an adolescent I used to read Heavy Metal...er, for the drawings.

Yeah, 08 is a weird picture, based on a photograph of Littlestar when she was very pregnant, and definitely looking not quite herself. Also, no matter what people who can't draw at all may erroneously believe, I am a mediocre-at-best drawing talent.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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I only wish I could draw as mediocre-ly as you by DanTheCat (2.00 / 0) #84 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 09:30:21 AM EST
I just tell people that I'm doing abstract art.

Fantastic book.

Dan :)
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My favourite comic by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #86 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 09:41:49 AM EST
of all time, illustration-wise is Electra Assassin, which is reprinted in full at this site. It's a great example of mixed styles working together.

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Bill Sienkiewicz by TPD (4.00 / 1) #97 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 11:29:00 PM EST
is fantastic! excellent link!

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oh, one more thing: by molasses (2.00 / 0) #73 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:07:33 AM EST
in my selfish- stoner moment at HusiStock, i vaguely remember asking you to do a drawing of me.  Can I still redeem that coupon?  :)

i'm so glad that that corporate universe hasn't gotten you down.  we need more storytellers like you!

now, if you could only make a fortune on it....let's work on that, shall we HUSI???

Well done, but you forgot the epilogue by 256 (2.00 / 0) #78 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 07:50:59 AM EST
wherein you are all eaten by bugs some day too. or is that lesson perhaps for a fe years in the future.

Seriously though, it's beautiful. I agre with spacejack about the second last panel. I don't know if it was intentional but the way the cardinal evokes the phoenix goes wonderfully with the story.

And the panel of you with the cat on your head is an excellent self portrait (though the rendition of Astra in that panel is not nearly as faithful as the one in the last panel).

And, though I can tell this was a labor of love rather than a professional endeavor, you may find that this story has a wider potential market than the existential slice of life in 17 Pictures.
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I notice there is another grave. by SoupIsGoodFood (2.00 / 0) #79 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 08:01:57 AM EST
Another cat? Great story and pictures BTW. Although I had to laugh at this one since it looks so biblical...I think it's the arms.

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The other grave.. by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #101 Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 04:06:18 PM EST
..most likely belongs to Jag, but that's just a guess.

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A good guess, but by littlestar (4.00 / 3) #103 Fri Aug 05, 2005 at 03:51:04 AM EST
in fact the other grave belongs to Frique, who died last year, I found him on the road having been hit by a car. That was also very, very sad. They were both such sweet cats.

Jag, just for interests sake, is buried at my dear friend (Scarlet's mother) Julie's house. She (and her husband Dr. Jim, the vet) looked after Jag in his last months, as he was unable to get up our stairs anymore (his back legs were bad). He died at their house and it seemed right that he be buried there in their already present pet cemetery, as they loved him as he was their own. Also, I bet they will live there forever so I will always be able to visit.
*twinkle*twinkle*


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You made me hug my kitty by fraise (2.00 / 0) #81 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 08:08:35 AM EST
I hug my chat Malo pretty often as it is... but now he's looking at me quizzically, surely wondering why drops of salty water are falling onto him from my eyes.

I lost a cat I'd had since age seven last year and wasn't able to say goodbye to him since he was in the US. He died at the ripe old age of 21. Two days before he disappeared, my parents reported that he had (yet again) fought a raccoon and won. Full of life right up to the end.
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Speaking of cats... by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #82 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 08:13:38 AM EST
From an online chat at Yesterday's Washingtonpost.com, Do ctrl+f, enter "not a vet" and read what Molly said.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

My cat bites me when frisky... by SoupIsGoodFood (2.00 / 0) #96 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 03:11:11 PM EST
But only enough to make it tickle.

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No Autopsy by duxup (4.00 / 4) #87 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 09:54:11 AM EST
The lack of an autopsy concerns me.  If I didn't think that I knew you better CheeseburgerBrown I might be more suspicious.
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witness the dangers of too much CSI by infinitera (4.00 / 2) #88 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 10:09:11 AM EST

[…] a professional layabout. Which I aspire to be, but am not yet. — CheeseburgerBrown

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CSI blows by duxup (4.00 / 1) #89 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 10:34:59 AM EST
I'm just concerned about any mysterious kitty death.
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my assessment by 606 (2.00 / 0) #90 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 10:56:47 AM EST
You said you prefer to be honest in your assessment of others work, and so I'll be honest with you. This is pretty damn good. :)

The only things I don't like are the drawing of Astra when she's pregnant-- there's something wrong with her face and the way it's drawn. Unfortunately I can't tell you what, but it doesn't feel right.

The second last drawing seems a little empty. Perhaps some trees or something in the foreground to frame the birds flying away would have worked.

But I won't dote on the bad without mentioning the good, which is pretty much everything but the above.

I really like the black-and-white drawing about the bugs eating the body. It has sort of a science-textbook feel and avoids all of the gruesomeness that such a drawing might entail, but it still gets the point across very well. The flower at the top right is neat.

popsicle's hair in the last drawing is fascinating in the way that the realistic and the cartoony forms are unified. I could look at it for hours. In fact, the switching between stylized and realistic drawing is one of the strengths of this piece.

As always, kudos to you sir.

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that drawing of Astra by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #91 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 11:01:14 AM EST
doesn't look remotely like Astra to me.

But who am I to criticize; I couldn't draw a convincing stick figure. :)
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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exactly by 606 (2.00 / 0) #92 Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 11:04:50 AM EST
That's exactly what I mean, it just isn't right.

I have tried to draw faces before and this is usually what happens. All the parts are right, everything seems to be going swimmingly, but when you stop and look you just know that something is horribly and utterly wrong.

My mother, who is excellent at drawing from memory, can often take my drawing, add a smidge of a line around the nose, or position the eye three millimetres up or down, and all of a sudden the face snaps back into reality. It's terribly frustrating.

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I couldn't draw a convincing stick figure by monkeymind (2.00 / 0) #102 Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 07:09:01 PM EST
Don't be so hard on yourself. You can to a good smilie face and that is have the battle in stick figure art as you don't have hands to deal with.

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Goddammit by barooo (2.00 / 0) #98 Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 08:01:30 AM EST

Point the first, you made my eyes water at work, which is embarassing.

Point the second, you made me want to go pet my kitty and puppy, but they're ten miles away

Good work though.  I'm glad my pets are young; I'm woefully unprepared for this sort of thing.  They're both about two.


man, i need a beefy taco now.
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Sir by DeepOmega (2.00 / 0) #99 Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 02:41:20 PM EST
I would delight in purchasing this book - but I would delight more in paying extra for a signed version of said book. How may we best negotiate this?

And this is fantastic, by the way. 17 Drawings was awesome. This is even better. You are truly a Canadian icon.

Mail Me. by CheeseburgerBrown (2.00 / 0) #100 Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 02:45:01 PM EST
I haven't ordered my own shipment yet (beyond the initial proof copy), but I'll be placing the order in the near future.

Then I'll sign 'em up and send 'em out.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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our daughter loves it by BuggEye (4.00 / 2) #107 Sun Aug 21, 2005 at 09:28:56 AM EST
A couple of years ago, one of our young cats died in a car vs. feline accident.  Our daughter loved Maisy, and vice versa, they'd adopted each other as companions early on.  They'd run around in the back yard, taking turns chasing each other.  He'd power rub her legs and almost knock her over.

We were very open about his death and let her see him before he was lowered into his grave.  We had a tearful little ceremony where we said good bye and cried lots of tears.  She still goes out to his grave to talk and sing to him.  She talks about him as if he's still a part of the family.

"Goodbye Kitty" has been selected several times since we got it as the Book of the Night.  She also likes "17 Drawings but thinks your daughter should be Littlestar because she's the littlest, such is the logic of a child.

Your drawings are great, the text is very readable -- and believe me a lot of kids books croak when you try to read them outloud.  You're a hit with adults and kids, keep up the good work.

Aww by Nutbutter Jim (2.00 / 0) #108 Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 01:14:58 AM EST
Poor kitty.

Some of those illustrations were beautiful.

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