Manfried the Man (Paperback)

A Graphic Novel

By Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow (Illustrator)

Quirk Books, 9781683690153, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

List Price: 14.99*
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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 human behavior. Yet the pair depends on each other to get through life’s troubles. When Manfried runs away, Steve musters his meager resources to find his best man-friend and bring him home safe. Ultimately, both Steve and Manfried realize they’re capable of so much more than they thought.

About the Author

Caitlin Major is a Toronto-based comics writer and illustrator. Her webcomics include Home Sick, Peach Plum Pear, Yer a Witch Milly, and The Spirit and the Spider. Caitlin works as an animation compositor at Skyship Entertainment, an animation studio in Toronto that specializes in kids’ programming, whose content on YouTube has over 6 million subscribers.

Kelly Bastow is a comics creator and commercial illustrator. Kelly illustrated the Quirk Books title The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy; she has also drawn for the comics Lumberjanes, Adventure Time, and Capture Creatures. Her graphic novel Wax and Wane, with coloring by Caitlin Major, was self-published in February 2017. In 2017 her autobiographical comic Year Long Summer was nominated for an Ignatz Award.

Praise For Manfried the Man: A Graphic Novel

Named a "Best Comics of 2018" by The A.V. Club

“A must read for pet owners of any stripe.”—A.V. Club 

“A simple tale of affection, devotion, and worry...though its narrative beats are familiar, that makes them no less adorable.”—Vulture

“There’s something in this story that can resonate with everyone - even if you’re more of a dog person.”—Newsarama

“Unexpectedly touching.”—The Comics Beat

“Anyone who loves their pets as much as (or more than) they do other humans will happily read it cover to cover.”—Philadelphia Life

“A delightful twist on the human/cat relationship.”—Library Journal

“An entertaining and often laugh-out-loud twist on reality.”—Foreword Reviews

“A surprisingly sweet story about companionship.”—Publishers Weekly

“Joyous and utterly delightful.”—Storgy magazine

“There's real emotional heft to the tale...but the humour of the premise, Kelly Bastow's bright, simple art, and a hopeful ending that revolves around friendship, keeps everything ultimately sweet.”Book Mine Set

“Major and Bastow have a keen eye for details and a lot of the humor comes because they have thought things through to their logical and hilarious conclusions...But also because the life of Steve Catson is so sensitively drawn, and reminds us of people we know, or including ourselves.”—Sequential Tart

“Through humour, Major and Bastow model a new type of masculinity that I’d like to see more of.”—Geist

“Readers get a glimpse of an entire feline-run world, rife with animal puns and little nude men yelling ‘Hey!’”—Publishers Weekly