Good-bye to the Cat-Tickler

Don’t try this at home! Sadistic cat-tickling, I mean.

And lest you be alarmed, I assure you that I am way too opposed to animal abuse to ever indulge in this unacceptable fetish myself!

But that doesn’t mean I lack the perversity of imagination needed to draw the above image 22 years ago, when a Canadian fellow named Garth (sorry, Garth, your last name is eluding me these many years later) asked me to draw cover art for his fanzine, which was called Amuse and Abuse.

When you’re illustrating a title like that, ticklish cartoon felines had better beware! (Garfield wasn’t available to be drafted into service, unfortunately.)

Something about this drawing’s mischievousness has made it a persistent favorite of mine during the decades since I drew it, and it has spent time on gallery walls more than once when I’ve been invited to participate in group shows.

But now I must bid it a fond farewell, since a longtime reader and supportive friend recently discovered it among the treasures in my web site’s ongoing Garage Sale and PayPal-ed me the money to make it his own.

Bye-bye, kitty. You’ve given me many a chuckle over the years — though not near as many as that fuzz-bodied, rubber-armed, top-hatted sadist with a cane has given you.

Meanwhile, new artwork has been added to the Garage Sale to replace my beleaguered cat. Below see Alan Moore doling out comics-writing advice to Batman, depicted as the late Charles M. Schulz might have drawn the two of them.

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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  2. Howard says:

    Hi, Tammy. As far as I know, the Sgt. Jack Shows were broadcast live and were never archived. Too bad; I would like to see some of those old improvisational Wilbur and Oscar episodes myself!

  3. Tammy says:

    Hello! I was recently reminiscing about my childhood and remembered that I was once on the Sergeant Jack Show. I found your name in conjunction with the show as the voice and puppeteer. I was just wondering if you know if the shows were taped and if copies could be obtained. I would really love to surprise my Mother, who has had really rough year fighting cancer, with a copy of the time my brother and I were on the show. I remember Sergeant Jack asking me my name and I was so shy that I just dropped my head and my brother had to answer for me. I can’t remember the exact date that we were there but I could find out if it would help.

    I appreciate any help that you can give me.

  4. Howard says:

    Your wish is my command, Martha. As soon as time permits I’ll add cat-tickling to my CafePress lineup!

  5. Please make t-shirts and/or mugs with that image.