Pet shelter comic - choosing a cat. :-)
This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.
A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!
Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.
All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.
Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!
This month’s Read Watch Play online discussion theme is #ReelRead, so this blog post is focused on a few of my personal favourite book-into-film/film-into-book choices.
- My first choice is Dr Who. I was a fan of Tom Baker era Dr Who and I discovered that my local library at the time had a decent collection of Dr Who books. Having watched the TV series I could relate to the characters in them and it was easy for me to picture the scenes as if they were a TV episode themselves. I can’t remember any particular favourite book, but I do remember that feeling of excitement with my weekly visit to the library, hoping that there was another one waiting for me. Around the same time I also discovered John Christopher’s Tripods books at the library - again, another great sci-fi series for children, which they later turned into a TV series.
- My local library also kept me topped up with Asterix books. They weren’t filmed back then, but there have been various animated versions of the books filmed from the early-1980s. Even though the art work was faithful I wasn’t sure about some of the character voices - I suppose once you’ve followed a character in book form for some time you already have their voice and character in your head, and if a filmed version doesn’t match this it can feel as if it’s an imposter playing the role.
- I really enjoyed Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy books in my late teenage years and I later watched the BBC television version from the mid-1980s, which I thought was great. It wasn’t as complete as the book series, but it still got all the key features in, including fantastic animated visual effects from the HHGTTG book itself.
- Even though I enjoyed HHGTTG there are other books that I was disappointed with when they were turned into films. A couple of them are the live action film versions of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe series. That said, I’d love to see a decent version of The Magician’s Nephew - parts of it still felt menacing when I re-read it as an adult. Another film I wasn’t sure about was Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events - it was fun and well done, but crammed too many of the books into a single film, and I’m still waiting for them to film the last of the books, as the first film was just left hanging at an awkward point!
- My final choice is the biography of actor Bruce Campbell, If Chins Could Kill - I’m a fan of the off-centre comedy/horror films he acted in, particularly the Sam Raimi films, such as The Evil Dead series. This biography is funny and provides an interesting perspective on the film industry, as well as giving away some of the low budget horror effect secrets Sam Raimi used in his films.
So, they’re my choices.
If you want to join in the general #RWPChat discussion on Twitter tomorrow (25 March) just follow the hashtag #ReelRead.